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Keeping kids safe, healthy and engaged at the JCC

At the Tampa JCCs and Federation, they understand the importance of community for all ages—especially now.  They seek to meet the needs of families in the community as we all navigate these unchartered waters.  Given the fluidity due to COVID-19, programs have been re-imagined to meet the needs of families. The JCC provides a safe and caring environment, while addressing academic needs for children from infants through fifth grade.


JCC Preschool

Staff at the JCC Preschool continue to implement strict protocols to help keep everyone safe and healthy, while providing a stimulating, loving learning environment. The JCC Preschool offers a range of part-time and full-time options in two convenient locations: Citrus Park and South Tampa. Children attend through PreK and are ready for Kindergarten when they graduate. At the north branch, they can attend as early as infants (3 months) and at the south branch, they can begin as 1-year olds.

The following feedback was received from parents about their recent JCC Preschool experiences with new safety protocols:

We had a great experience this summer, thank you for the excellent communication and extra precautions.

The daily communication this summer was amazing. 

We attended during the summer and everything has been handled well and the teachers have been great. Thank you!

Very happy with the JCC, as always, even during these trying times!

Problem-solving and inquiry are the cornerstone of the Tampa JCC Preschool curriculum. There is a balance between individualized attention and learning cooperatively within a community. Children explore early literacy, math, social studies, science, and fine arts in ways that are meaningful to them so that they can make connections to the world around them and form deeper understandings of concepts and relationships. Learning opportunities surround the children, from the intentional design of the classroom to the activities explored on the playground. Children learn values and character development through a Jewish lens, while embracing and welcoming the diversity of our community.

What makes the JCC Preschool unique?  In addition to the strong academic foundation, the JCC Preschool is a warm, nurturing, supportive community. From the caring, dedicated teachers to the amazing, active parents, the JCC Preschool is a welcoming place for all families. The JCC Preschool is the place to be for a great early childhood education and longlasting relationships!


Club J

Club J is a licensed program for elementary education students of the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation. Club J programs provide children from kindergarten through 5th grade an opportunity to have fun, learn new skills and to grow and develop in positive ways.  At all Club J programs, staff continue to implement strict protocols following CDC guidelines.

Club J provides a safe and nurturing environment where professional and experienced staff respect and value the diversity of each child. The programs offer excellent staff to children ratios, with every staff member completing a full background check.  Due to the unique learning for the fall of 2020, we are offering additional options for our families.

Club J School Day

Online learning?!? Don’t worry…the JCC has you covered with Club J School Day!

Club J School Day is a program that includes supervision for virtual school as well as enrichment activities (i.e. arts and sports) during the day. Club J School Day provides children the benefits of supervision and socialization in a healthy and safe environment.  This program is designed for students in Grades K-5 that need supervision for the fall semester. There are staff to support individual needs and opportunities for small-group activities and brain-breaks throughout the day led by program professionals.  Extended care is also offered for an additional fee.

Club J After School

Looking for high quality after school programming? During Club J After School, professionals supervise homework and lead fun enrichment activities, including arts and sports.  Transportation is currently available from the following elementary schools: Gorrie, Mitchell,Westchase, Mary Bryant and Citrus Park.

Jen Goldberg, Executive Director of Jewish Learning noted, “we continue to be flexible and to adapt our programs based on decisions by the school district with multiple contingency plans ready to be implemented, as needed.”

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