CHILDCARE

COVID-19 UPDATE

Your health and safety is important to us. Due to COVID-19, some in-person programs and services may be offered online, have a new in-person schedule and requirements, or may be suspended. Please check our website or contact us for more information. Click here for our COVID-19 safety precautions and updates.

ALL DAY AT THE J

We are excited to continue offering our All Day at the J program into the new year! All Day at the J is committed to partnering with our families to provide a safe space for students to continue their virtual learning through their respective schools while maintaining the normalcy of being in a space with friends! Register above.

How It Works

We will support students by:

  • helping them log on to classes
  • making sure they complete assignments
  • providing socially distant activities during breaks

Registration for Spring 2021 Now Open!

We Take Care of Everything!

Our staff will create and keep consistency in your student’s routine, as well as provide enrichment electives each day. We will have continuous staffing, all of whom have been trained to maintain the highest level of safety standards and have already been implementing COVID safety protocols during our camp season. We are passionate about seeing your students continue to grow not only in their education but also in their socialization. Our licensed childcare program, led by credentialed and experienced educators and programmers, will take the set curriculum provided by your student’s specific school and ensure they are maintaining their progress in those virtual studies. Parent’s only responsibility is to provide their students with the resources necessary to complete their studies (school supplies, laptops/Chromebooks, headphones, schedules, assignment deadlines, etc).

LITE Version (for AISD Students)

As many of you know, Austin ISD has added 4 days of asynchronous learning for their students. We want to make sure that your child continues to have an in person option to complete their work and have fun. Introducing, All Day at the J Lite!

3-Day Per Week Option

You spoke, we listened. All Day at the J is excited to introduce a 3 DAY per week option!
For your convenience, you are welcome to choose your 3 days, we just ask that they remain consistent throughout each session. Spots are extremely limited, so be sure to register now!

Join Our Priority Waitlist

Looking for a safety net during these uncertain times? Even though the schools are transitioning back to in-person instruction, the future still remains unknown. Use the above links to register, select which applies to you and then join the All Day at the J Priority Waitlist.

$180 per month | October – April

Should plans change throughout the year, we will be here, ready to help you and your child through virtual learning. Space will be limited, so be sure to secure your spot in line today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for more details? Check out our FAQs. We’ve divided it into 4 helpful sections: 

Health & Safety

The safety and health of our participants, families and staff is our number 1 priority. Our facility has been and will continuously be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. Our staff has undergone extensive training on best practices in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

What forms need to be submitted?

All students must have an up-to-date Health and Immunization Form signed and stamped by their pediatrician. A copy of the physician’s most recent immunization record for this child must accompany this statement. Per licensing requirements: ALL immunization records must have a doctor’s stamp (including address) and authoring signature. Note: “My Chart” records without the aforementioned are not acceptable. We also require a signed acknowledgement of the Parent Handbook, Code of Honor, and Parent Waiver. No student will be permitted in “All Day at the J” unless their paperwork has been received.

Will there be a health screening as part of the program?

All individuals will be required to undergo a health screening prior to entering the building, conducted by a Shalom Austin staff member. There may be additional health screenings at times of transition.

Does my child need to wear a mask?

All students and staff are required to wear masks when indoors and in close proximity to other people. Reusable masks must be cleaned daily. There will be frequent mask breaks scheduled throughout the day.

Is there a medical professional on staff?

Yes! There will be a Medical Professional on campus during the school day this year.

Please view the Parent Handbook for even more detailed and specific information.

Day-to-Day
How are the children grouped? Will they stay in the same group with the same counselors all day? How many children are in a group?

The children will be grouped by similar grade level and ages. We are planning for ten children in a pod per 1 counselor. The same counselors will be with your child’s group each day (there is a morning and an afternoon counselor).

Where in the JCC is this program located?

We will use the Community Hall Space. Each pod will be separated within the larger spaces. Each space will be set up to support appropriate social distancing.

What will the schedule look like?

Every school and every teacher may have differing schedules making it impossible to determine a specific schedule until closer to the start of school. We are planning that during “typical” school hours, students will participate in virtual classes or quiet individualized work including (but not limited to) learning tools, puzzles and reading. We recognize this looks different for children in grades K-2 than it does for grades 3-8 and will make adjustments as needed. In addition to virtual learning, we will take time for lunch, outside exercise, brain breaks, snack and more. We understand the need for balance and our schedules will reflect that. After 3:30 PM, students will participate in our more typical afterschool programming including inside/outside games, arts and crafts, science experiments, athletics and more.

Will you be able to print out my child’s assignments and work?

You may either print out assignments on your own or purchase our Printing Add-On package.

If my child finishes their classes and work, do they have to stay in the classroom? Can they participate in another activity while the others finish their work?

In order to support social distancing and the need to keep pods from intermingling, we will try to group children together who have similar schedules. Within that pod, if the majority of the children are finished with their work, we will make accommodations for them to participate in another in-room activity while the rest of the students complete their assignment. If there are only one or two children that finish early, they will be able to work on individualized assignments, independent reading or approved games while they wait quietly at their table.

Will teachers be available to support my child’s learning?

While we are not a school, our goal is to support learning. This program has been created and executed by credentialed and experienced educators and programmers. While we will check for completion and certainly help students with questions, we cannot offer personalized education. The learning piece will remain the responsibility of the teacher and parent. We will do our best to assist when possible.

My child has an Individualized Educational Program (IEP). How will you support them?

While we will do everything possible to help all students succeed, we are not certified to accommodate IEPs. Children with an IEP plan are welcome to attend the program, but it will remain the responsibility of the teacher and parent to accommodate their educational and functional needs.

Will I be allowed to send any additional professionals to meet with/work with my child (such as a tutor, ABA therapist, etc.)?

Because of our safety protocols and licensing regulations, additional adults may not enter the space.

Who will be my child’s counselor?

All Staff have been properly vetted and interviewed prior to interacting with any students. In compliance with Texas licensing rules and regulations each one has undergone a thorough background check and FBI fingerprint, as well as being CPR and First Aid certified. Staff attends extensive training before our program begins, in addition to continuous staff meetings and ongoing professional development sessions throughout the year. This year, all Shalom Austin staff have received enhanced trainings specific to COVID-19. There will be a Program Administrator on site every day to help plan and execute the daily activities.

What are your behavioral guidelines?

All Day at the J uses positive guidance techniques including redirection, anticipation of potential problems, positive reinforcement and encouragement while avoiding competition, comparison or criticism. We are planning a fun experience for all and insisting on increased health and safety practices. This is a unique time and some of the children may have some difficulty with the transition from home to our care. We will do all we can to help make this transition as smooth as possible; however, we need everyone to agree to certain guidelines. Consistent and clear expectations will be reviewed with the students. You will be asked to pick up your child should their behavior compromise safety.

As a parent, what is expected of me?

Communication will be of paramount importance throughout this program. As a parent, you will need to make sure your child comes to All Day at the J prepared with their assignments. You will need to provide our program administrators with any teacher correspondence or updates. You will also need to provide your child’s student ID # and passwords so we can help them log in (if needed). Our staff will reach out as needed for additional expectations and requirements. This is a team effort and we look forward to partnering with you!

Does my child need to bring school supplies?

You may either send supplies with your child each day or purchase our Supply Add-On package. You must also send your child with the appropriate technology (laptop, chromebook, tablet, etc) and headphones with microphone capability.

Do I need to send lunch and snacks?

You may either send your child with a lunch and snacks daily or purchase our Lunch, Snack or Friday Pizza Package. If sending lunch, we ask that parents pack utensils as needed.

What else do I need to send?

Please send your child with a filled water bottle and sunscreen each day. Students should come dressed in clothes that enable them to participate in all activities, such as a cotton shirt with shorts, close-toed shoes with socks and a hat (if needed). All items should be labeled with your child’s full name. Closed toed shoes are REQUIRED at All Day at the J (no flip-flops, crocs, or open toed shoes). It sometimes gets cold in the building, we suggest sending a sweatshirt or long-sleeved shirt.

Can pre-k students participate in this program?

Yes! There will be an option available for students in an enrolled Pre-K program with a provided teacher-led online curriculum. If you are looking for a complete Pre-K program, please check out our amazing Early Childhood Program (ECP), right here at the JCC! www.shalomaustin.org/ecp

What are the times of All Day at the J?

Start time: 8 AM
End Time: 3:30 PM
PM Care Available: 3:30 – 5:30 PM

What are the dates of All Day at the J?

Session 1 begins on August 18 or the first day of school in your district and will continue for 3 weeks.

Are you offering any full-day care if my child’s school begins after August 18?

Yom Kef “Day of Fun” will be offered (for an additional fee) for those students who begin school between August 19 – August 24.

What's Next?

We are waiting with you for more information from the schools and we will be ready to offer whatever support you need. We are prepared to extend All Day at the J for as long as there is a need. We will be communicating any new changes/additions to the program.

For the most up to date information please continue to check www.shalomaustin.org/AllDayAtTheJ

Payment & Billing
How much does All Day at the J cost?

Program Fee
JCC Member: $900 | Non-Member: $1,050

PM Care
JCC Member: $300 | Non-Member: $450

JCC Member Only Sibling Price
Program Fee: $800
PM Care: $250

Financial Assistance Available. Contact financialaid@shalomaustin.org.
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What extra packages are available for purchase?

The following packages reflect total cost for 3 weeks:

Snack Package | $75
2 snacks per day

Pizza Package | $27
Friday pizza day (includes 3 slices of pizza, juice box and fruit)

Lunch Package | $120
Daily lunch (including Friday pizza)

Printing Package | $15
We will print all of your child’s assignments

Supply Package | $40
Basic school-day essentials: Pencils, markers, crayons, paper, scissors, glue, ruler, etc.

How much does Yom Kef cost?

Program Fee
JCC Member: $50 per day | Non-Member: $55 per day

PM Care
JCC Member: $10 per day | Non-Member: $15 per day

JCC Member Only Sibling Price
Program Fee: $40 per day
PM Care: $5 per day

All Day Food Package Available, includes lunch plus 2 snacks: $10/day

Is financial assistance available?

Yes, please email financialaid@shalomaustin.org for more information.

What is the refund policy?

When you register for All Day At The J we are committing that session spot to your child. Therefore, you are financially committed for the entirety of the session. Once we collect payment, no refunds will be issued.

For more information, call (512) 735-8050 or email the Youth & Teen Department at youthandteenoffice@shalomaustin.org.

KIDS CONNECTION

After-School Program

Grades K-5 | Monday-Friday | After School-6 PM
A fully licensed child-care center, Kids Connection after-school care program provides trained staff and a supportive environment, perfect for developing friendships and building self-esteem. Kids enjoy everything the JCC has to offer, from large indoor spaces and a gymnasium to the lush grounds and outdoor fields! Each day, kids enjoy healthy snacks and participate in outside activities, crafts, homework time and more! During school-free days (like teacher workdays) and school holidays, the JCC offers full-day programming through our Yorn Kef program and Break Camps (for an additional charge).

The safety and health of our participants, families and staff is our number 1 priority. We have been open since July and have proven our ability to provide a safe and fun place for our children. Our facility has been and will continuously be cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. Our staff has undergone extensive training on best practices in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We continue to maintain high health and safety standards.

Yom Kef Break Camps

When school is out, the JCC is the place to be! Looking for something for your kids to do over winter and spring breaks and other school holidays? Be sure to check out our Yom Kef Break Camps. Your kids will love this “Day of Fun.” 

Jessica Ochs

Jessica Ochs

Youth & Teen Director

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