Kids Connection New construction, elevated enrichment

August 28, 2015

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Post Camp JCC students enjoy the new Kids Connection space as staff members move in the last pieces of furniture and books and set up the computers.

Post Camp JCC students enjoy the new Kids Connection space as staff members move in the last pieces of furniture and books and set up the computers.

When walking into the Simon Family JCC, there’s something new near the entrance. The expansive, open space is the new Kids Connection, a beforeand after-school enrichment program for Pre-K through 6th grade students.

Part of the renovations taking place at the Sandler Family Campus the JCC is investing in the space to benefit parents, students and the community.

For parents
“The new space is right inside the front door, so it’s convenient for working parents with easy access for drop off or pick up,” says Erika Eskenazi, Kids Connection director.

Parents can choose between before-school enrichment, after-school enrichment or both.

A fleet of JCC buses takes students to Virginia Beach schools and picks them up when the day is through. This option is available for half-day kindergarten, too.

For students
In the Kids Connection space, giant checker and tic-tac-toe boards are on the floor and crafts and other games dot the walls and cubbies to welcome kids to participate— once their homework is done.

Kids Connection isn’t just open gym time. Although children are able to swim in the pool each week and play games as part of Kid Fit in the gym, learning is the program’s foundation. And, since staff members help students with their homework, so there’s more ‘family time’ available at home.

Enrichment projects, including art, drama, music and a Kids Connection newspaper class, keep students learning and engaged.

When weather permits, students have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities and sports, including disc golf this fall.

For the community
This year, Kids Connection will host family nights where families can socialize, connect and cultivate new relationships.

“It’s a new way for families to get to know each other and see their kids’ projects and artwork,” explains Eskenazi.

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