We strive for Kid’s University to be your child’s second home. It is a place for them to relax after school and focus on their interests while making new friends. While we offer homework help and understand that academics play a large factor in your child’s life, we recognize that academics are only one part of the equation that makes up your child. We seek to give your child the skills to be more emotionally in-tune with themselves while exploring who they want to be as they mature through middle childhood. The conflict resolution techniques we use in parallel with positive discipline directly facilitate self-efficacy for every child in our program. We are about the development of the entire child, more than just academics.
While we do offer homework help and we understand academics play a large factor in your child’s life, we recognize academics are only one part of the equation that makes up your child. We seek to give your child the skills to be more emotionally in-tune with themselves while exploring who they want to be as they mature through middle childhood.
Through a Judaic lens, we crafted the framework on which our program is built. Kid’s University is ultimately what we want your child to create; a connection with new friends in the program, a connection with a community center that cares about them, and a connection with the counselors and educators that are motivated every morning to develop an emergent curriculum tailored to your child’s interests. We celebrate and educate about nearly every Jewish holiday to allow a meaningful connection to develop between the children and the holidays. They learn about mitzvah (good deed or commandment), Kavod (respect), Kehillah (community) and Teva (nature) and the reliance our community has on upholding those values in creating a successful Jewish community.
SCHOOLS WE SERVICE
Our buses are already parked and waiting at your child’s school upon the dismissal bell. Some bus routes entail stopping at multiple schools, so your child may experience a brief waiting period on their school playground. The schools we service are; Fremont, Minnie Gant, Carver, Mann, Longfellow, Newcomb, Patrick Henry, Emerson, and Los Cerritos.
CHUG | Enrichment Classes
Our enrichment classes span 2-3 months, so we get plenty of time to dive into topics with them. For example, if your child chooses Nature Crew as their enrichment choice for Monday, then every Monday, they go to Nature Crew. For every Tuesday, they pick something else. They will go to those classes until the new enrichment class rotation starts. Enrichment classes in the past have included: Olympic Games, Animal Art, Gardening, Video Game Coding, Mitzvah Monday, Improv, Basketball, Gymnastics, Cheerleading, Meet the Masters, Spanish, Pool Noodle Hockey, Swim time in the pool. We try to offer a variety of active/inactive each day and extended homework time for kids who want to do extra JiJi or Core5 (and their parents are okay with it, of course).
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING!
When I became a new mother, the JCC welcomed our family as part of the ECE. I have seen my daughter move through the ECE and graduate from the Pre-K program building strong relationships with her classmates and teachers. Now, in Kid's University (the after-school program upstairs), I see the continuity of the same values that we experienced in the ECE. They value connection and community.
As a preschooler, our son was eager to experience all of the options that the JCC had to offer. This year he took an array of different classes, including Spanish, yoga, Karate, art, music, and gardening.
Our family also enjoys the swimming pool, basketball court, and fitness options!
I highly recommend the Alpert JCC!