With our wide array of enrichment programming, children can engage in new adventures and learn new skills with high quality, unique classes taught by experienced instructors and coaches. We offer sports, cooking, art, technology, and much more.

Not sure what class is right for your child? We are happy to help! Email us at childrensclasses@jccgb.org or call 617.558.6483.
 

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Outdoor Exploration

Outdoor Exploration

Get out and explore with nature classes, farming workshops, and more outdoor adventures for kids.

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Dance & Performing Arts

Dance & Performing Arts

Young performers have fun learning the basics of ballet, hip hop and theater arts.

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Sports

Sports

Children learn the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis and more!

Youth Tech

Science & Technology

Science & Technology

Kids of all learning styles develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through hands-on learning.

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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Art classes inspire young children’s imaginations and help them develop their creative potential.

Chess

Chess

Classes and events, taught by a former US Chess Champion, for preschoolers, kids and families!

Cooking

Cooking

Get cooking and taste recipes from around the world with our professional chef.

Discovery Club

Discovery Club

Kids learn about Jewish life and culture while exploring their personal interests.

Music Classes

Music Classes

Interactive music classes for children of all ages to enjoy.

Baby and Toddler Classes

Baby and Toddler Classes

Play and bond with your little one 6 months-3 years in fun-filled, facilitated child development classes.

Mom and baby

Early Parenting

Early Parenting

New parents find support and community at JCC parenting classes, drop-in playgroups and Early Learning Centers.

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Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy

Acclaimed Lenny Krayzelburg swim program starts as young as 3 months.

Super Soccer Stars Shine participant and coach

Classes for Children/Teens with Special Needs

Classes for Children/Teens with Special Needs

Adapted aquatics, personal training, soccer/sports classes and social groups are geared for kids and teens with disabilities.

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Devon Barker
Instructor, Science & Technology

Devon was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado where he filled his time with a mix of backpacking and robotics. With a degree in education, he taught technology and math before moving to Massachusetts to work for Temple Beth Elohim as a Youth Engagement Specialist. He looks forward to exploring the world through a scientific lens with children ages 4-10!

Diane Benson
Instructor, Science & Engineering

Diane has her Undergraduate and Graduate Degree from the University of Massachusetts School of Education in Amherst, MA.  She has been teaching children ages 3-10 science, engineering, art, and baking in many different locations in Massachusetts for over 25 years!  She has enjoyed teaching preschool enrichment programs with the JCC for 15 years! Diane is looking forward to another great year of teaching young children in a fun, exciting and creative way with hands-on/take-home activities.

Sharon Ellen Burtman
Instructor, Chess

Sharon is the 1995 United States Women’s Chess Champion. She also competed in two Women’s World Chess Championships. Sharon has over 30 years of teaching experience, and she was the keynote speaker at the Massachusetts Chess Association Education Expo in 2014 and 2015.

Emily Hall
Instructor, Music with Emily: Once Upon A Song

Emily loves all things musical, especially her two-year-old son, Sawyer, six-year-old son, Thomas, and the children she teaches and entertains through her interactive concerts, DVD’s, CD’s, internet videos and classes at her family-owned business. Emily began her career at age 4 performing in her family band, The Hall Family or The Hallabaloos. Later, she performed leading roles at regional theaters across the country, culminating in appearances at City Center, NYC and on Broadway. Having studied voice at Boston Conservatory of Music here in Boston, she has come full circle and is thrilled to be back in MA - teaching her own mother's early childhood music program that has been around for 45 years! She can't wait to add her own musical twists to her mom's music program with you and your children.

Reva Haselkorn
Director of Education, Newton Community Farm

Reva was born and raised in Newton Centre, around the corner from the library. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown playing in the dirt, growing and eating delicious food, and teaching and learning with kids of all ages at the farm.

Rusty Lodi
Instructor, Sports

Rusty is a beloved JCC Greater Boston coach for multiple sports including basketball, tennis, floor hockey, baseball, t-ball and more. He previously coached tennis at Gann Academy, and now runs the JCC Early Learning Center gym program and coaches Birthday Parties. Rusty also offers clinics and private lessons in basketball for elementary age kids and tennis lessons for preschool age children.
 

Valerie Maio
Instructor, Dance

Valerie is a classically trained ballet dancer and performer. Originally from NY, Valerie trained at Eglevsky School of Ballet and later performed in numerous dance companies throughout New England. She is a skilled instructor for all levels of ballet from pre-ballet to advanced ballet, pointe, and variations, with expertise teaching and training other teachers in the use of creative movement for young dancers. She recently completed ABT’s National Curriculum Training and is ABT® Certified Teacher. With a background in Creative Arts Youth Development, and Adaptive Dance training from Boston Ballet, Valerie is committed to making dance accessible for all. She is a long-time instructor and administrator with BalletRox in Boston where she currently oversees dance programming in Boston Public Schools.

Julie Middleton
Instructor, Artful Journeys

As an undergraduate Julie studied both Art History and English Literature at Ithaca College.  After receiving her degree, Julie furthered her education at Tufts University, earning a Certificate of Museum Studies with a concentration in Museum Education.  Julie went on to work in the Education Departments of both the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston where she created and implemented programs and public tours that helped visitors of all ages look at, think about, and discuss art. Julie is the mother of two children and is always working to find fun, new, and creative ways to introduce art and art history into their lives and believes it is never to early to start learning to look at and discuss art. She uses her enthusiasm and experiences to run Artful Playdates, an art appreciation program for kids ages 4 and up.

Puddlestompers
Nature Exploration

Just beyond our doors - in city and suburbs alike - there is a wondrous world of natural activity. Whether in a local forest, pond, or even the park at the end of the block, the cycle of life and the daily happenings of nature can delight a young child's unbridled curiosity all year round. PUDDLESTOMPERS' mission is to connect youngest naturalists to the open spaces in their communities. By providing children and families with seeds of interest and tools of exploration, PUDDLESTOMPERS seeks to help build the foundation for a lifelong enjoyment, love of the outdoors, and a lasting stewardship of nature. A percentage of PUDDLESTOMPERS' revenues are given to the host towns to support local environmental education and/or conservation efforts. 

Not sure what class is right for your child? We are happy to help! Email us at childrensclasses@jccgb.org or call 617.558.6483.