Kids Center

For K4-6th Grade with Transportation

At the JCC, we know how hard it is to find before and after school options that make everyone happy. Parents want their children to be safe and engaged, while kids just want to hang out with their friends and have fun. We think Kids Center strikes that perfect balance.

From the moment the kids arrive, either on the JCC bus or walking with a staff member across the Karl Campus property, they find they have lots of options. They can explore the gym, pool, art room, and theater while taking everything from swim lessons to sports, arts, and STEM classes. There are also plenty of opportunities to just be a kid and play with friends outside in the adjacent courtyard or in the smaller age-group setting of their classroom. As an added bonus, a dedicated, supervised homework room keeps kids on track for school success and allows your family to enjoy a more peaceful evening at home.

Parents and kids alike know that the heart of our program is our Kids Center staff. Our team of retired teachers, college students, and youth professionals partner with parents to help their children build confidence, resilience, responsibility, and competence while always having the children’s safety and well-being as a top priority.


2020-21 School Year Registration Coming Soon

The Kids Center Difference

Before School Care 7:00 – 9:00 AM

  • Before school, kids enjoy a relaxed environment with plenty of options for free play.
  • Breakfast is served before heading off to school on our busses.

After School Care 3:00 – 6:00 PM (5:30 PM Fridays)

  • Kids have the whole JCC at their disposal and take everything from swim lessons to sports, art, and STEM classes because enrollment in Kids Center includes free class vouchers based on the number of days each child attends. Explore class options.
  • A dedicated, supervised homework room keeps kids on track for school success and allows your family to enjoy a more peaceful evening at home.
  • Adjacent courtyard provides lots of space to explore outside year-round.
  • Inclusive and engaging Shabbat and holiday experiences are created throughout the year.

We provide transportation
Don’t see your school on this list? Contact Ronna to see if it can be added.

  • Atwater
  • Bader Hillel Academy
  • Bayside Middle School
  • Cumberland
  • Indian Hill
  • Lake Bluff
  • Maple Dale
  • Maryland Ave. Montessori
  • Milwaukee Jewish Day School
  • New World Montessori
  • North Shore Montessori
  • Parkway
  • Richards
  • St. Monica
  • Stormonth

When school is out, we are in

  • JCC Vacation Days plan field trips and activities for Winter Break, Spring Break, and other full and half days off at the schools we serve.
  • Coming Soon: JCC Summer Youth Programs 2020

Questions about Kids Center?

Contact Ronna Ruffin, Director of Youth Programs, at 414-967-8218.

Not just for the kids

The JCC is at the center of many of our families’ lives. Whether you become a member and get access to our fitness and aquatics center plus discounts on classes and programs, or you choose to participate a la carte, we are here to support your growing family.

Make Time for Family Time

With Family Fun Nights, holiday programs, and special events filling the JCC calendar, your family can play together all year long.

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Classes for Kids & Grownups

Kids Center kids have access to afternoon classes and their parents can try something new, too.

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Students That Are Really Special

Our inclusive community supports students with special needs and their families through S.T.A.R.S. programs, tutoring, and camps.

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