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Welcome to the formative years.

Here at the J, we believe it’s never too early to get involved! Our youngest community members are the heart of our center, and we love offering programs that help accelerate their J journeys.

Anti-Bias Toddler Book Club (3–5 years)

In this class, we will learn about all the beautiful people in our world! Our country has a long history of systemic racism and biases. This class will provide some groundwork for our young children to begin breaking down some of these biases and creating a world that is more loving, empathetic, and fair for everyone. This class will be guided by children’s picture books portraying various families and people and celebrating similarities and differences. In addition to lots of reading and discussion, we will create artwork, play games, and write stories and puppet shows.

DATES & TIMES:
October 5 – November 16
Tuesdays from 10:30 – 11:15 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $18
Guests: $36
Please consider an additonal $18 donation to an outside organization that supports marginilized communities. If you need suggestions please contact Rachel Wool at rwool@jccdenver.org

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Artistic Babes (6 months – 2 years)

An art class for parents and their early movers! Explore the world of textures, colors, shapes and self-expression in this sensory-driven, process-based art class. Your little ones will explore mark-making with various media, mix and squish their own play dough, and enjoy an overall sensory-enriching experience through creative play. The focus is on the process and experience, NOT the outcome, but you can bet there will be some beautiful surprises in the end! Be ready to jump/crawl/walk in, and make a mess that you don’t have to clean up at home!

DATES & TIMES:
September 13 – November 1
Mondays from 11:00 – 11:45 am

September 23 – November 11
Thursdays from 11:00 – 11:45 am

New class:
September 13 – November 1
Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:15 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Monday Session
Members: $128
Guests: $144

Thursday Session
Members: $128
Guests: $144

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 Artistic Families

Come enjoy an Open Studio experience as a family! Get inspired together and collaborate to be creative using assorted, open-ended tools and materials. Tinker, experiment, problem-solve, and simply enjoy the PROCESS. Pre-registration required. Classes are offered as individul classes, not as a series.

*price is per family. Please register all individuals attending

DATES & TIMES:
September 26, October 10, October 24, November 7
Sunday from 10:00 – 11:30 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $24
Guests: $27

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Artistic Tots (18 months – 5 years old)

Join us as we explore the world of textures, colors, shapes and self-expression in this child-centered, process-based art class for parents and their young children. Explore the possibilities of traditional and non-traditional art making methods and materials, and be inspired by themes in children’s literature. The focus is on the process and experience, NOT the end result. Be ready to jump on in, and make a mess that you don’t have to clean up at home!

DATES & TIMES:
September 13 – November 1
Mondays from 9:30 – 10:15 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Monday Session
Members: $128
Guests: $144

Thursday Session
Members: $128
Guests: $144

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Baby & Fourth Trimester Cafe

Topics covered include adjusting to parenthood, nutrition, baby wearing, sleep and routines, formula and breastfeeding, back to work, vision board creating, childcare, work / life balance, and more. Plenty of time devoted to answering your questions each week. We provide breastfeeding pillows.

DATES & TIMES:
September 15 – November 17
Wednesdays from 10:00 – 10:45 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: Free
Guests: Free

“Our family loves the art classes at the JCC! Our daughter started in the Artistic Babes class and continued with Artistic Tots, because she loved getting messy and playing with all of the different supplies, materials, and colors. We enjoyed bringing home her “artwork” and even framed one of the pieces for her playroom. The teachers are patient, kind, and engaging. I would highly recommend the Artistic Babes/Tots classes!”

KIMBERLY O’HARA

Baby Music Class with Altitunes (4 months – 1 year)

It’s never too early to start bringing your child to a music class! Did you know that the earlier you intentionally integrate music into your daily routine, you are simultaneously promoting multiple domains such as early language development, attachment, spatial awareness and self-regulation? Come and meet new families and nurture you and your baby’s natural music abilities in this fun class!

DATES & TIMES:
September 15 – November 10
Wednesdays from 10:00 – 10:30 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $112
Guests: $128

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Baby Playgroup

A playgroup for toddlers between 6 – 18 months. Each class will incorporate activities and songs for kiddos and their caregiver. We will explore new materials, sit together in circle time, and play and sing with new friends. This class will be a great opportunity for little ones to socialize in a fun, low key setting and also give our toddlers their first taste of a preschool environment! Pre-registration required.

DATES & TIMES:
September 22 – November 17
Wednesdays from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm*
*guided activities for 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of free play

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $112
Guests: $128

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Little Scientists (3 – 5 years)

This class will explore what science is and how scientists do what they do all while having fun and making a mess! Each session will explore science through seasonal science experiments. We will focus on scientists working together, cooperatively and respecting each other’s ideas. By reading books, conducting experiments, and drawing conclusions we will begin to think of ourselves as real scientists. This is a drop off class, and parents are required to stay on site.
Please do not wear any clothing that cannot get messy and bring an extra set of clothes to change into in case we are wet or messy!

DATES & TIMES:
October 5 – November 16
Tuesdays from 9:30 am – 10:15 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $112
Guests: $128

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Practice Preschool (18 months – 3 years)

A twice weekly family classroom experience that encourages your toddler’s growth, exploration, socialization, and discovery while sharing early childhood education tools to help you grow as a parent or caregiver. 

The program provides a gradual separation experience for children getting ready to enter a typical preschool program. Parents and caregivers actively participate in the program with their children and slowly build up to the expected separation. As a bonus, the lead teacher is a social emotional coach and will help provide guidance to prepare you and your child for big transitions and new experiences.

Parents need to remain on site during class and their participation in the classroom will be co created with the lead teacher. 

Through play, relationship building, and open ended exploration, children are offered the space for their development to thrive while creating a shared community for families raising toddlers. With activities including music, story-time, art, and outdoor play, teachers gently encourage children to try something new. Over the course of a full session, children build confidence and resilience, in an environment where cognitive, social/emotional and spiritual growth flourish, helping to lay a solid foundation for building executive function and a love of learning.

This is a non-licensed program and is unaffiliated with the JCC Early Learning School. Registration is required.

DATES & TIMES:
September 23 – November 18
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 – 11:00 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $560
Guests: $640

*payment plans available

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Signing Smart (5 months–2 years)

Your Baby CAN Talk!

If you’ve been looking for a window into your infant or toddler’s mind, or for a way to reduce frustration and tantrums, then Signing Smart is your answer! Signing Smart children can begin communicating with signs as early as 7 months of age, tend to learn spoken words easier than non-signers, and show cognitive and linguistic advancements at age 4. Plus, it’s a whole lot of fun!

Signing Smart play classes are filled with songs and activities to engage parents, caretakers and children, as well as loads of developmental information to help you understand how your child learns and acquires language at every age. We learn over 150 ASL signs during the 8 week class session! Come play and sign with us this fall! Instructor Rina Coury

DATES & TIMES:
September 14 – November 16
Tuesdays from 10:30 – 11:30 am

September 14- November 16
Tuesdays from 11:45 am – 12:30 pm

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246
Class will be held at Robinson Park on September 21

COST:
Members: $160
Guests: $160
$50 Materials fee due at the first day of class to instructor.

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Signing Smart Talking Toddlers (For babies at least 15 months who have previously taken beginner class)

Your Baby CAN Talk!

If you and your child have already taken the Beginner Signing Smart class (and your child is 15 months or older and has 15 or more signs), you might feel ready to venture into the Signing Smart Talking Toddlers class. In this class, we explore abstract concepts such as places, colors and emotions, and delve deeper into our children’s growing development and speech. In addition, we learn another 150 ASL signs or so, and how to continue supporting concept and vocabulary development as your toddler’s world and spoken language expand!

Signing Smart play classes are filled with songs and activities to engage parents, caretakers and children, as well as loads of developmental information to help you understand how your child learns and acquires language at every age during the 10 week class session! Come play and sign with us this fall! Instructor Rina Coury

DATES & TIMES:
September 14 – November 16
Tuesdays from 9:15 – 10:00 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246
Class will be held at Robinson Park on September 21

COST:
Members: $160
Guests: $160
$50 Materials fee due at the first day of class to instructor.

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Soccer Shots (2–5 years)

Through fun games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active.

2–3 year olds: A high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles, such as using your feet, dribbling and the basic rules of the game. Through fun games, songs and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active.

3–5 year olds: Utilizing creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. We also highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork and appreciation.

DATES & TIMES:
September 19 – November 7
2–3 year old classes are held Sundays from: 9:00 – 9:30 am or 9:35 – 10:05 am
3–5 year old classes are held Sundays from: 10:10 – 10:40 am or 10:45 – 11:15 am
18 month–2.5 year old classes are held Sundays from: 8:25am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $128
Guests: $144

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Theater Explorers (3–5 years)

In this beginning theater class children will be encouraged to celebrate their own similarities and differences. Young performers will use their body, voice and imagination as a form of self expression.  Children will be introduced to stage direction, improv, costumes and make up. We will practice using our five senses as tools of expression and feelings. Class will be filled with stories, movement and pretending. Bring your imagination and come play.

This is a “drop off” class. While parents are required to stay on site during the class, children will be taking this class independently. There are windows into the classroom to watch or you can use this time to get some work done in the JCC lobby or use some of the J facilities!

DATES & TIMES:
September 23 – November 18
Thursdays from 10:00 – 10:45 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $128
Guests: $144

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Toddler Music Class with Altitunes (1–3 years)

A music and movement class for early toddlers and new walkers. The flow of the class is designed to promote musical learning and creative expression. Babies and toddlers with their parents or caregivers will explore sound, song, rhythm, and instruments. Toddlers will increase their body awareness, hand-eye coordination, and both fine and gross motor skills through repetition or instrument playing, finger play, simple action songs, creative movement, dancing, bubbles and parachute games. Vocal play, which includes forming of vowels and consonants, saying words and phrases, and rhythmic and vocal inflection imitation, fosters early language ability and acquisition. Laughing, hugging, smiling, marching, swaying, walking, bouncing, spinning, giggling and singing are just some of the many wonderful experiences.

DATES & TIMES:
September 13 – November 3
Mondays from 3:30 – 4:15 pm

OR

September 15 – November 15
Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:15 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $122
Guests: $144

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Toddler Movement (2–4 years)

Students will have fun with movement, dance, and music while having lots of fun and building confidence with their caregivers! They will experience fun games, activities, songs, instrument play, and dances to get their bodies moving and enjoying a positive experience with their peers in a safe environment.

DATES & TIMES:
September 22 – November 17
Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:15 am

LOCATION:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
Members: $112
Guests: $128

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“The toddler art class was a wonderful experience for my family! My 2 year old loved trying out the wide range or materials and ideas that we would never have been able to replicate at home. Plus she could make a mess and I didn’t have to clean up! Even my 4 year old who normally has little interest in anything artistic was able to discover projects that sparked his creativity. We can’t wait to return!”

RAQUEL HARTZELL

Jewish Baby University 2.0

JBU 2.0 is specifically designed for families welcoming another baby. A shortened version of our program JBU, because you have done this before and this time you have another child to consider. JBU 2.0 meets 3 times, twice without your older child and then one sibling class designed just for them to get them ready to meet their new baby sibling.

Class 1: Birth Refresher. Get a refresher on all things related to labor and delivery. This class is not the full prepared childbirth but more of a quick overview and time for question/answer to ensure that you feel prepared for a great birth experience.

Class 2:  Parent education: Get together to discuss all the ways to help make this as smooth a transition process as possible. Hear from a family that recently welcomed their second baby and what worked for them and what they have learned. Rabbi Kaye from Rose Hospital will join at the end of the class to provide a refresher on Jewish baby naming ceremonies and answer any questions you have regarding welcoming another baby into your home.

Class 3: Sibling prep class: We will get those siblings ready by talking about welcoming a new baby, reading a book together, practicing holding baby dolls with parents, and going over typical baby needs. The last hour of the class will be dedicated to creating a gift for the new baby with our amazing art teacher, Amy Berlin!  All new siblings will get to leave with a gift for themselves and one for baby.

DATES & TIMES:
October 5: Prepared Childbirth Refresher (virtual)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 13: Bringing home a sibling parent education (virtual)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 17: Sibling Prep class for older sibling (age 2 to 6)(in person at the JCC)
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

LOCATION:
Virtual:
Zoom

In Person:
JCC Denver
350 S. Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80246

COST:
$72

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Legacy Planning for New Parents

Join us to learn about Estate Planning when you are expecting a child.

Estate planning and creating a will is always important but increasingly more when a child is present.  In this class Sarah Morris, of Sarah Morris Law will cover what happens if you do not have a plan, explanation of estate taxes, the difference between a will based estate plan versus a trust based estate plan, how and why to choose an attorney to prepare your plan, and more!

In this class we will cover:

  • Nominating a guardian for your children and providing for other protections;
  • Distributing your assets to those you choose rather than having the state do it for you;
  • Understanding your different options between a will and/or a trust;
  • The importance of a comprehensive legacy plan, including several documents and other considerations;
  • Choosing those you trust to make decisions on your behalf, while you’re living but if you become incapacitated;
  • A (very) brief overview the estate tax and how it might or might not affect you;
  • How often to revisit and update an existing estate plan and what this entails; and
  • How and why to choose an attorney to prepare and update your plan.

Couples are strongly encouraged to attend together. A well informed partner is invaluable support!

DATES & TIMES:
Thursday, August 12
Monday, November 8

All classes will take place between 6:00 – 7:30 pm (includes time for Q&A)

LOCATION:
Virtual meetings until further notice

COST:
$18
*you only need to register one person, but we hope both partners will attend!

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