Early Childhood





School & Childcare • Children

January–June Programs

FWD with FWD Gifted Services

Ages 5-12
16 Wednesdays, 3:00 PM- 5:30 PM

Start Date: January 30
Class will not run on: February 20, April 17, April 24
Members: $670; Non-members: $800 / Youth Lounge

“FWD” is brought to the Shames JCC by FWD Gifted Services and its owner/director, Lauren Callaway.

FWD is an after school program for gifted children in grades K-5 focusing on social and emotional development through academic enrichment.  Once a week participants engage in exciting hands-on projects and enjoy the opportunity to be around like-minded peers. Activities may include creating hydraulic systems, making comic books, code-breaking, Japanese floating ink art, STEM challenges, musical-chair storytelling, rollercoaster building, and more! Our goal is to help gifted children work on common issues such as perfectionism, frustration, perseverance, fine motor skills, failure, and teamwork through in-depth activities.   After the weekly project we help the kids get their homework done.  Children may arrive any time from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM when the project starts, and homework time begins after the project at 5:00 PM.


American Red Cross – Babysitting Certification

Ages 11-15
1 Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Session 1: March 2
Session 2: May 4
Session 3: June 1

Members: $175; Non-members: $200 / Youth Lounge

Learn to safely and responsibly care for children and infants, including basic first aid, keeping safe and helping children behave.  Learn how to develop a babysitting business!



Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

(914) 366-7898 x1104

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Almost Home

Director, Hilary Archigian, harchigian@shamesjcc.org, 914-366-7898 ext. 1139
Grades K-6
September to June


From the start of school until the last day, buses from the Irvington and Tarrytown school districts bring elementary school students to the Shames JCC for a supervised afternoon where youngsters can do homework, socialize, and enjoy a variety of sports, board games, arts and crafts and community service. Extra-curricular activities are available at the Shames JCC during Almost Home hours. Please contact Director of Almost Home, Hilary Archigian, for additional information.


Vacation Sensations

Program Coordinator, Samantha Lewis, slewis@shamesjcc.org
Ages 5-12

Click here to download the President’s Week flyer.

If you are wondering how to entertain your elementary school child during school vacations, the Shames JCC is the place for you. Vacation Sensations coordinates with the Irvington and Tarrytown School calendars and offers camp-like activities: fun day trips, sports, crafts, swimming in our indoor pools and games. Staffed by experienced counselors, the program offers flexible days and hours to suit working and non-working parents. Visit shamesjcc.org for specific dates and pricing.



Supervisor, Sonia Kizner, 914-847-9088
6 months-8 years

Monday- Friday, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

1 hour minimum, 2 hours maximum per day.

For children under the age of 1 year old, the maximum stay is 1.5 hours.

New & improved space in our Fitness Center building.


New pricing begins on January 28th:

Member: $8.00 per hour; *Non-member: $8.00

May also purchase a discounted  30-hour pass for $210.

*Non-members may use Kidspace for up to 30 hours or 3 months (whichever comes first), after which a Family Membership at any level will be required to continue.

Pre-registration is required.  Please call 914-847-9088 to reserve a spot for your child. Space is limited.

Whether you are taking a fitness class, need to drop off your child as you run errands or simply want some down time, Kidspace is here for you. Children play and socialize under the nurturing care of a highly-trained, professional staff.

Kidspace is an Allergy Aware environment!
To ensure the safety of all of our children, no outside food is allowed in kidspace.
Bottles, sippy cups, and commercially packaged baby food are the only exceptions.

Hilary Archigian

Director of Almost Home

(914) 366-7898

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