Kids Center

For K4-5th grade with Transportation
Monday-Friday Before & After School

Fall 2023-24 Kids Center is Currently FULL | Click here to Join Our Waitlist!

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 other kids and have fun. Providing a safe space for kids to grow happens every day at the J.

From the moment the kids arrive, either on the JCC mini-bus or walking with a staff member across the Karl Campus property, they will find they have lots of options. This fall, Kids Center kids will enjoy scheduled activities rotating between organized gym classes, swimming, art with our art specialist, classroom fun, and exploring their theatrical side with Pink Umbrella Theater Company. Children’s theater programming is made possible through a generous grant from the Robyn Temkin Theater and School Endowment Fund. 

We are ready for this school year and ready to partner with our students and families to build a safe environment full of values, friendship, and fun. Scroll down to view our Kids Center FAQs.

Available Scholarships

This JCC is blessed with the ability to be shepherds of our community’s JCC scholarship donations, and we take the responsibility of distributing these funds very seriously. We truly believe that when every member of the community can participate in our programs, our community becomes much more than the sum of its members. Learn more about Available Scholarships today.

Kids Center Parent Handbook

Previously known as the Kids Center FAQ!

KC Parent Handbook 2023-2024

KC School Calendar 2023-2024

Before & After School Programs

Before School Care 7:00 – 8:30 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)

  • They will enjoy scheduled activities rotating between organized gym classes, swimming in our ozone-filtered pool, art with our art specialist, classroom adventures, and an opportunity to explore their theatrical side with Pink Umbrella sponsored by the Robyn Temkin Theater and School Endowment Fund
  • Adjacent fenced 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 for Before & After School Care
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
  • Glen Hills
  • Indian Hill
  • Lake Bluff
  • Maple Dale
  • Milwaukee Jewish Day School
  • Parkway
  • Richards
  • St. Monica
  • Stormonth

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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Not old enough for Kids Center?

Gan Ami Early Childhood Education serves families with children ages 6 weeks to K4.

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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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