Early Childhood





School & Childcare • Children

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FWD with FWD Gifted Services

Ages 5-12
14 Wednesdays, 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM 

September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12, 19, January 2, 9, 16
Members: $590; Non-members: $700
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
Saturday, October 27, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Members: $175; Non-members: $200

Saturday, December 8, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Members: $175; Non-members: $200

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!

Contact Eric Hammermeisetr, Director of Aquatics, at ehammermeister@shamesjcc.org for more information.

Lauren Bergida-Morrison

Chief Program Officer

(914) 366-7898 x1104

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Almost Home

Grades K-6
September to June

With 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.

For more information, please contact Director Hilary Archigian at 914-366-7898 ext. 1139

Hilary Archigian

Director of Almost Home

(914) 366-7898

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Drop-off childcare for children ages 6 months-8 years

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  highly-trained, professional staff.

Join us in our new building, in our new and improved space!

Pre-registration is required.
Please call Kidspace Supervisor, Sonia Kizner at (914)-847-9088 to reserve a spot for your child and discuss rates. Space is limited.


December 24 & 25: CLOSED

January 1: CLOSED

Register Early for December 26 through 31. Space is limited. 

Monday- Friday, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Saturday & Sunday
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM


Kidspace Policies:

1 hour minimum, 2 hours maximum per day.
For children under the age of 1 year old, the maximum stay is 1.5 hours.

*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. New & improved Kidspace room in new building

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.