Kaleidoscope at the Sidney Albert Albany JCC is an exciting enrichment program for elementary school-aged children, designed to meet the needs of each child. We mainly serve the Albany school district which provides transportation to the JCC. Children from schools outside the district are also welcome, but transportation must be arranged by the parents. 

Children are divided into different groups based on grade (K-1st, 2nd-3rd and 4th-6th). Each group is assigned a home base room where the children can store their backpacks and outerwear when they get off the bus. Then, children enjoy snacks and play games with their friends. Each day there are one to two fun specialty options for the children to participate in at the JCC. Activities are offered to meet our children's diverse needs and interests and may include sports, art, cooking, music, community service, language, etc. Children are always given the option to choose free play or complete homework tasks in their home base room. 

Each group has counselors who are trained to supervise and interact with school-age children. The staff-to-child ratio is 1:10 or better during the program.  

Typical Schedule
2:30 p.m. Children start to arrive from elementary schools and enjoy snacks and free play.
3:00 p.m. Children attend first specialty option.
4:00 p.m. Children attend active play option.
5:00 p.m. Children meet again in their home base rooms for free play until pick up by 6pm.
Judaic Programming

Typically, an upcoming Jewish Holiday or other community centered topics such as Mitzvot (good deeds) will be another enrichment offering for the children during the school year. A variety of activities make these days fun, as well as educational. The programs are designed so that all children, regardless of religious background, can participate, enjoy themselves and feel comfortable. 

Additional information

Site Director - Linda Coolen at LindaC@albanyjcc.org or 518-438-6651 x110

If you would like more information about our program or to set up a tour, please call Andrew Katz, Director of Youth Services, at 518-438-6651 ext. 113. You can also email him at Andrewk@albanyjcc.org. We look forward to welcoming your child to our wonderful program. 

What is the cost of Kaleidoscope?

5 days per week - $335/month 
4 days per week - $297/month 
3 days per week - $256/month 
2 days per week - $205/month 
1 day per week - $163/month

Please note:  No credit is given for unused timeTuition includes a Family Membership at the Albany JCC (*Rates subject to change).  

New families will pay a one-time $99 Membership Activation fee and complete a JCC Membership application upon registering (click PDF, and then email to Drew Katz with JCC registration forms)