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Discovery Club After School

Ages 5 to 11 Years

Join an active and engaging licensed after-school program for children in grades K-5, conveniently located at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC. Please contact us at discoveryclub@jccgb.org for more information about availability.

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Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is now OPEN!

Discover where the fun and learning happens by scheduling a tour. Contact us today!

Discovery Club is a vibrant, welcoming community filled with enrichment programming, Jewish celebrations and values, learning, and fun! We are a fully-licensed program by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. Transportation is available from select schools.

We are currently running a waitlist for the 2024-25 school year. Registration for the waitlist is at no cost, we will not charge you a tuition deposit unless we can offer you a spot in the program. If you are interested in the program, we encourage you to fill out the registration forms so we have your information. Once a spot opens up for your child(ren), we will be in touch. If you have any questions, please email discoveryclub@jccgb.org. We are happy to help!

Designed for Your Family

Discovery Club operates after regular school hours (Monday–Friday from 3–6pm) and on early-release days (starting from 12:30pm).

We are proud to provide:

  • Transportation from select schools.
  • Jewish celebrations and experiences.
  • Child-directed, play-based experiences and programs.
  • Expert-led enrichment classes.
  • Social-emotional awareness and support.
  • A weekly 30-minute group swim lesson (depending on instructor availability).
  • A variety of healthy snack options.
  • Kosher pizza program on Wednesday early release days (at an additional cost)
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Curated for Your Child

We’re a one-stop shop for expert-led enrichment activities and programs in arts, sciences, sports, swim, and more.

Your children will take advantage of the robust JCC facilities, including the basketball & tennis courts, and indoor & outdoor play spaces.

Our curriculum integrates:

  • Jewish values and holiday resources, celebrations, and experiences.
  • Special events and guest experts.
  • Fun physical activity and outdoor play.
  • Social action projects around inclusivity, kindness, and community.
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Worry-Free Pick-Up

We provide transportation from select elementary schools in Newton and Needham with local bussing companies, based on availability and interest. We generally service the following schools:


  • Broadmeadow
  • Eliot
  • Mitchell
  • Sunita L. Williams


  • Bowen
  • Countryside
  • Franklin
  • Mason-Rice
  • Memorial Spaulding
  • Zervas

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Daily Schedule

3–4pm (12:30pm on early release days)

  • Arrival
  • Healthy Snacks With Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
  • Jewish Holiday Celebrations
  • Indoor/Outdoor Free Play and Structured “Snack-Tivities”

4–5pm | Activity Block: Children choose from expert-led activities in:

  • Arts, Sciences, Sports, Swim, Jewish Learning, Hebrew Language, and More!
  • Homework Support
  • Indoor/Outdoor Free-Play
  • Games
  • Movement Activities


  • Small Group Activities
  • Special Projects


  • Closing Circle and Clean Up
  • PJ Library® Story Time
  • Departure

Enrichment Classes and Activities

We offer a wide variety of programs each season at no additional charge — here are some examples of the programs you might see offered during the year, depending on instructor availability and children’s interest. Get ready to watch your child’s imagination soar as they discover new passions and have fun with new friends!

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Art: Drawing, Clay Sculptures, and More!
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Circus Arts
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Comics & Graphic Novels
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Hebrew (Academic and Play-Based)
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Karishim Swim Club (Available for an Additional Fee)
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Magic: The Gathering & Pokemon
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Nature Exploration
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Seasonal Sports & Active Games (Indoors & Outdoors)
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Swim Lessons
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Rates for the 2024-25 School Year

Monthly Cost Optional Transportation
2 Days/Week $426 +$158
3 Days/Week $638 +$225 (5% Savings!)
4 Days/Week $851 +$285 (10% Savings!)
5 Days/Week $1,045 ($200 savings!) +$336 (15% Savings!)

Yearly tuition is divided into 10 equal monthly payments.


All Early Release Wednesdays (Newton) +$1,332/year
All Early Release Wednesdays (Needham) +$540/year
Any Additional Early Release Days (Newton) +$36/day
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Unmatched Value

  • Sign up for three or more days of Discovery Club and receive a one-year JCC Greater Boston family membership — a $2,000 value!
  • Get in on savings!
    • Discounts are available for siblings, JCC Early Learning Center families (who have siblings at a JCC Early Learning Center or who have graduated in 2024), and existing JCC member families. Please note that the discounts apply solely to the base tuition and do not encompass add-ons such as transportation, early release days, and pizza.
    • Register for all five days and save $200 off yearly tuition and 15% off transportation!
  • The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial assistance to families who meet Massachusetts median income guidelines. The amount of assistance and the number of awards given by Discovery Club depend on the availability of funds, the overall enrollment, and the level of need of the participants. Contact us to learn more.

Meet the Team

Heather Baranick

Discovery Club Program Director

Heather is an experienced educator with over twenty-five years of experience in early childhood and school age care as a group leader, site coordinator, teacher, assistant director, director and early intervention specialist. Heather truly loves every aspect of working with children, teachers and families. She strongly believes in fostering children’s emotional and developmental growth through play and hopes to instill a love of learning during these important years.

Frank Petrie

Program Coordinator, DIscovery Club

Frank is a dedicated educator with nearly a decade of experience. He specializes in teaching S.T.E.M. and nature-based activities at the JCC of Greater Boston. In addition to his focus on science, he holds the position of Program Coordinator for Discovery Club and Family Programming, where he oversees the daily operations and ensures that the program is adequately supplied.

Noah McNerney

Program Coordinator, Discovery Club

Noah, a Brandeis University studio art graduate, discovered his interest and passion for nurturing young minds while working as an art instructor at a local summer camp. Since 2021, he’s been an essential member of the JCC Discovery Club team, engaging the children with kindness and patience. Noah’s diverse background in performing arts, visual arts, and art history enriches his ability to create fun and engaging activities. He’s dedicated to fostering creativity and joy in children, drawing inspiration from his experiences in Jewish institutions and his commitment to serving the JCC community.

Marlee Rosenthal

Program Coordinator, Discovery Club

Marlee’s foundation in art and education fuels her joy in infusing creativity into the JCC programs she facilitates for children. Engaging with young students brings her satisfaction, as she enjoys their natural ability to find wonder in life’s simplest aspects often overlooked by adults. Their boundless enthusiasm and inquisitiveness serve as a constant wellspring of inspiration.

Support Discovery Club

Help offer families high-quality, innovative, Jewish values-driven afterschool care.

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Get in Touch

Discovery Club After School
333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459

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