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UPDATED December 2018: Head back to school with the right activities, programs, schools, and classes to keep your kids learning and having fun all day (even after the school bell rings) in Rockland County and Bergen County, NJ. Search our comprehensive back-to-school resource guide for after-school tutoring and enrichment classes for kids; religious schools; music, dance, and gymnastics programs; art and theater classes; sports teams and programs; cooking classes, fitness programs, and karate; preschools, child care, and day care; and schools. You’ll find these programs and more in locations such as New City, Nanuet, Pearl River, Blauvelt, Sparkill, Nyack, Chestnut Ridge, Monsey, West Nyack, Suffern, Congers, Pomona, Orangeburg, and Allendale, as well as Bergen County, NJ towns such as Westwood, Ridgewood, Closter, Fort Lee, Norwood, and Mahwah.
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8 Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg
Children are precious. As a parent, you know it is your responsibility to protect your child from all sorts of dangerous situations. It isn't easy. They grow up fast. Time flies, and eventually children must learn to defend themselves. You certainly do not want your son or daughter to be bullied, or to become a bully. Martial Arts lessons are a fantastic solution. Every kid should learn self-defense. It's like learning to swim—it’s lots of fun, it can save your life, and it builds self-control and self-confidence.
AFFINITY HEALTH PLAN
Affinity is an independent, not-for-profit organization driven by the mission to help its members, their families, and their communities lead healthier lives. Over the past 32 years, Affinity has built one of the area’s largest physician networks, which includes 40,000 providers and 85 hospitals. Affinity offers a variety of programs under Medicare, Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Essential Plan, and Enriched Health on the New York State of Health Marketplace for members in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange counties.
APPLAUSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
25 W. Central Ave., Pearl River
APPLAUSE is an educational theater organization specializing in musical theater classes and shows for children ages 3-15, beginners-advanced. APPLAUSE offers classes in all three artistic disciplines: acting, singing, and dancing. Ms. Renna provides a unique opportunity for kids to perform in shows, creating special parts for each child. Your child will develop self-confidence and self-esteem in the supportive environment. APPLAUSE provides programs and performances year-round, so call or email for current programs and show information. You can also join our exciting APPLAUSE Company, which performs at Hershey Park, festivals, and special events.
Bach To Rock is a comprehensive music school offering individual and group lessons, parties, and music camps. They teach rock and classical instruments, voice, and DJ instruction. B2R uses special arrangements of today's music, which is a great motivator for learning and practice. Individual instruction is combined with band instruction that leads to regularly scheduled public performances. The experience of performing before audiences in bands from the beginning is an exciting component of music instruction—building self-confidence, garnering peer recognition, and providing a strong social incentive for continued progress.
BETH AM TEMPLE
60 E. Madison Ave., Pearl River
This is not your parents’ Hebrew school! Creative teaching, high standards, and individual attention are hallmarks of Beth Am Temple’s religious school program. From Tot Shabbat through bar and bat mitzvah and confirmation, our students shine, excel, and enjoy. Large enough to offer a comprehensive program, yet small enough to listen to every comment, we are minutes away in Pearl River. Would you like to talk about your child or family’s needs? Please call, email, or visit. Classes begin Sept. 12, but we are always ready to work with you.
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE
6 Charles St., New City
2 Mountainview Court, Pomona
We provide a safe, loving environment accredited by the National Association for Family Childcare Accreditation (NAFCC). Two great locations meet your preschool and childcare needs for ages newborn to school-age. Owned and operated by a NYS-certified elementary teacher with a literacy specialization, we offer before- and after-school programs, as well as a drop-in for school delays and closures. We work with your schedule, and offer discounted rates for teachers! We are a NYS-licensed facility and follow a full NYS pre-K curriculum. All staff is CPR- and first-aid certified.
We are a NYS-licensed daycare and learning center for children ages 6 weeks–5 years and after-school care for children 12 and younger. Children are taught following a common core based curriculum and evaluated to ensure kindergarten readiness. Additional activities include baking, Spanish, dance, yoga and exercise, science experiments, daily outdoor play (weather permitting), learning centers with iPads and computers, dramatic play, and art. Infants are cared for in a designated area providing safety and space to rest, play, and eat. All staff First Aid- and CPR-certified. Flexible scheduling.
CLARKSTOWN THEATRE COMPANY
8 Second St., Lower Level, New City
Clarkstown Theatre Company began in our community to create and develop artists as actors and performers. We are a year-round studio that offers acting classes, musical theater workshops, and intimate, original showpieces. Join us where the craft of theater is experienced in a warm and positive environment with professional instructors. Give us a call to see if your child might flourish in our studios, where imagination, and the craft of acting are taught with a sense of humor!
CONGREGATION SHAAREY ISRAEL
18 Montebello Road, Suffern
Exciting and Hebrew School now go together! Guided by our warm and experienced teachers, and prior student assistants, your child will want to learn about Hebrew, holidays, and Israel and come to love being Jewish. We meet Tuesday afternoons with additional after-school activities available on Mondays and Wednesdays. On all days we offer transportation from local schools, plus a healthy snack and homework help, as an additional option. Programs end at 6:30pm. We are a traditional congregation that welcomes Jews of any background and level of practice. Membership not required to join our school.
COUPÉ THEATRE STUDIO
430 Market St., Nanuet,
For more than 45 years Coupé Theatre Studio has offered the finest training in all areas of the performing arts. Classes include Ballet, Pre-pointe and Pointe, Variations, Partnering, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Acro, Tap, Modern Dance, Hip-hop, Theatre Dance, Musical Theatre, Acting, and Vocal Technique. For students ages 3 through adult. Recreational and pre-professional training available from highly qualified teachers with degrees in dance or professional performing equivalent. Reasonably priced exceptional training, caring staff, and beautiful studios.
69 Lake Road, Congers
Danceworks has been in the Clarkstown area for more than 37 years. The studio offers classes in creative dance, pre-ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip-hop for ages 3 through teen. Danceworks specializes in children—encouraging a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. Several children have gone on to study at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan. Our adult ballet workout (free babysitting) teaches you to work with your body, not against it. Beginners are welcome, and no special clothing is needed. Free trial classes are available to all.
The German Language School Westwood is a non-profit organization in Bergen County. We welcome students of all nationalities and backgrounds. Most classes meet on Saturday mornings, with additional adult classes offered on evenings. All teachers are experienced language instructors. Classes for children range from "Mommy-Daddy and Me" through high school. Students can prepare for the SAT II German, AP German, and the German Government sponsored Sprachdiplom tests, which can result in the opportunity to study at a German university. Adult classes include conversation, literature, composition, business German, and grammar.
HELP IS HERE COACHING, L.L.C. ISABEL EBRAHIMI CERTIFIED ADHD COACH AND CERTIFIED LIFE COACH
66 N. Broadway Suite 9 , Nyack
80 Theodore Fremd Ave.
Isabel is a compassionate, supportive, certified coach offering help to children, teens, and adults dealing with ADHD, stress, anxiety, and feelings of being overwhelmed. She effectively helps identify factors contributing to these issues, and can customize steps to facilitate and address these struggles in a concrete way. She teaches cognitive tools such as mindfulness, organizational skills, and specific strategies to bring about the achievement of their goals, through the acquisition of skills needed to create positive and lasting change in their lives. Isabel works in office or virtually. Call for a free consultation.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
58 East Route 59, Nanuet
23 Jefferson Ave.
75 N. Maple Ave.
Huntington Learning Center is the premier tutoring and test prep provider for kindergarten to 12th grades. Founded in 1977, its mission is to give every student the best education possible. The company prides itself on personalized attention and proven results with individualized programs taught by certified teachers at accredited centers. Areas of instruction include phonics, reading, writing, vocabulary, math, science, ACT, SAT, PSAT, high school entrance exams, and state and other standardized exams. To learn more and locate a center near you, visit huntingtonhelps.com.
JEP OF ROCKLAND HEBREW SCHOOL
30 Blueberry Hill Road, Monsey
JEP Rockland's Bobbi Lewis Hebrew School provides an outstanding Jewish education through our comprehensive curriculum, taught by dynamic, creative teachers in a joyous, loving environment. Inspiring classes for parents and grandparents, family holiday events, mitzvah projects, fantastic Shabbatonim, exciting trips, and an Israel fair are integral parts of the JEP experience. The JEP Hebrew School provides thorough preparation for bar and bat mitzvah. We also offer a vibrant post-bar and bat mitzvah program for teens. Reasonable rates. No membership dues.
“Where children and adults create their own functional works of art.” Established for more than 36 years, we offer a huge variety of plaster pieces that can be painted and taken home in the same day, or glazed ceramics with a large assortment of finishes. Open Ceramic times and free instruction offered weekly—please call for days and hours. No hourly fees and all supplies are included—you pay one price per finished piece. Come and see our wonderful seasonal items as well; there’s something for everyone at Jill’s Ceramics.
JOFFREY BALLET SCHOOL
434 Sixth Ave., 5th Floor, New York
The Joffrey Ballet School offers classes in Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary Ballet, and more. We specialize in dancers ranging in age from 2-18. We also offer superb adult evening dance fitness classes. The Musical Theater classes for kids are instructed by actual Broadway stars. Come and experience our more than 60 years of excellence in dance training. You will love the way we care for your child's dance training. Come and grow with us.
We are a licensed preschool and daycare in New City offering a safe, nurturing, learning, preschool environment for your child. Some of our activities include story time, arts and crafts, pre-reading activities, puzzles and games, music, and outside playtime in our large fenced in area. Before- and after-school care program. Open year-round including summer, school vacations, during school delays and early dismissals. Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6pm. Ages 6 weeks-12 years. Reasonable rates. Contact co-owners Debra and Gregory Raho to schedule a private tour. Flexible scheduling to accommodate your family’s needs.
KREATIVE KIDS & VICKI'S DANCE STUDIO
61 Maple Ave., New City
Kreative Kids is a toddler and nursery program for boys and girls ages 16 months to 4 years (diapers welcomed)! Classes are divided by age. We offer arts and crafts, music with instruments, singing, creative movement, tumbling, story time, snack time, and early learning skills. Our professional staff balances active and quiet activities, as they provide comfort and love to each child, making separating from parents easy. Classes are kept small to provide individualized attention. We also offer flexible, extended hours to fit your work schedule.
LAUNCH TRAMPOLINE PARK
260 West Nyack Road , West Nyack
Launch Trampoline Park is a new family fun park located in West Nyack. This brand new, state-of-the-art facility features extreme dodgeball, one-on-one basketball, a battle beam, dunk basketball, a warrior ninja course, more than 15,000-square-feet of open jump trampoline space, a full arcade with redemption, and a cafe. The park also offers three private party rooms for hosting birthday parties and other events, as well as a variety of specialty programs, including toddler time, "Ignite" (teen glow night), VIP Night (sensory night), fundraisers, field trip, and group rates.
LINDGREN NURSERY SCHOOL AND CAMP (THE)
211 Irving Ave., Closter
It is our mission to engage young children in direct and meaningful experiences with the natural world and other people. We encourage questions and exploration. We invite free expression through language, songs, drama, art, play, and invention at all levels. We value individuality and teach respect for others. Our campus includes seven classrooms, three-and-a-half acres of gardens, play areas, and farm animals. Daily program is a balance of indoor and outdoor free-play, teacher directed experiences, and small group activities. Full- and half-day programs, before- and after-care, and summer camp available.
Your child will be trained to sing, act, and gain confidence in a group atmosphere led by Jared Rosenblum, a NY and NJ state-certified music teacher with degrees in music education who has been training children to sing, and inspiring their love for music and theatre, for more than 20 years. We are known for our safe and happy atmosphere while allowing children of all ages to shine, no matter their age or experience. The Chorus provides the opportunity for local children to sing at Radio City Music Hall, Citi Field, MSG, and other great venues.
MASTER JUNG & YU TRADITIONAL TAEKWONDO
70 N. Main St., New City
Blending Korean culture and philosophy with traditional Taekwondo, Master Jung and Master Yu's school is unique in martial arts training. By combining physical with spiritual, we offer the most complete and satisfying training, embodying mind, body, and spirit. Classes are open seven days a week for all ages. Our unique birthday parties open the door for future leaders and martial artists, and are available on weekends. Energize your whole being at Traditional Taekwondo. Call for more details.
Make this school year greater than last year! A new school year brings a fresh start and Mathnasium is here to help set the stage for success. Our unique teaching method is designed to help students reach their full potential, and boost confidence. As your child gears up for a successful school year, Mathnasium is ready to assist with math gaps and enrichment, homework, and test preparations (Common Core Assessments, Regents, Terra Nova, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, and GRE/GMAT). We make math fun, most of all we make math make sense.
NEW CITY BOWL AND BATTING CAGES
90 N. Main St., New City
Children love bowling! We offer something for everyone—all ages and abilities are welcome. All league members get awards, trophies, and membership in our VIB club for discounts all year long. Join a league and you participate in every game. Unlike other sports, nobody sits on the bench. All leagues are handicapped to even the playing field. Experienced and inexperienced bowlers can compete against each other—everybody is a winner! We offer inexpensive parties for bowlers of all ages. Visit our website and Facebook page for monthly specials.
NEW JEWISH LEARNING ACADEMY LOCATED AT CONGREGATION SHAAREY ISRAEL
18 Montebello Road, Suffern
Jewish after-school programs done your way! Programs for grades first-eighth, with options to take one or more classes per week, all in six-week sessions that give you scheduling flexibility. Choose from topics such as Coding and Robotics from Israel, Jewish World Cooking, STEM Projects, Hebrew Reading, and bat and bar mitzvah training. To help busy families we offer additional options of transportation from local schools, a healthy and light dinner, and even homework help. Programs end at 5:30pm with an after-care option until 6:30pm. Membership is not required to join our programs.
At NVDA, we offer beginner through advanced classes for both recreational and competitive dancers in all styles, ages 3-18. Since 2006 we’ve been creating an environment where children can thrive through the art of dance while building lifelong friendships. Incredibly diverse and highly trained faculty teach in our newly constructed studio that features four beautiful, industrial-inspired dance spaces with sprung floors, one-way parent viewing windows, a spacious student lounge, and comfortable lobby. NVDA is a proud winner of 2018 Bergen Health and Life Magazine Reader’s Choice award!
At the Otto Specht School, we work to discover each child's path to lifelong learning, offering a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of students with developmental delays, social and sensory sensitivities, and learning challenges. We have looked beyond both typical and special educational models to provide an extraordinary education to those who need it most. We offer kindergarten, grades first–eighth, high school (with the opportunity to earn a diploma), High School Practical Life Skills (certificate program), and Transitional Life Skills (post-secondary program).
PALISADES CLIMB ADVENTURE
4590 Palisades Center Drive, Level 4 of the Palisades Center, West Nyack
Palisades Climb Adventure offers the world's tallest indoor ropes challenge course. Standing 85-feet tall, it has five levels and 75 unique challenge elements to explore, climb, and conquer. More advanced athletes will find a challenge, while “just for fun” climbers will experience a sense of athletic accomplishment. Our Sky Tykes kids’ ropes course is designed for ages 2-7, 48-inches max and our new Sky Rail attraction is now open! Both courses are available for birthday parties, other groups, and special events. Book your party today!
PALISADES COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
Palisades Preschool and Kindergarten
2324 Fifth St., Fort Lee, NJ
Palisades Country Day School and Camp
212/248 Herbert Ave., Closter, NJ
With more than 50 years in early childhood education, our conveniently located schools are trusted and proven to be a positive first step for young children. Palisades enhances learning through small group size and age appropriate curriculum, taught by experienced, professional educators. Palisades offers a child-centered, hands-on learning environment. Each student is taught in a setting that stimulates his or her senses and critical thinking skills. A memorable experience for every child who attends.
PARTY PACK CREW
We host creative workshops and classes for all ages. Family fun and after-school activities of art, beading, dancing, and crafts. We also create fun and effective fundraising events. We have lots of creative ideas or bring us your own ideas and we will help bring them to life. Our fabulous birthday and themed parties include more than just your favorite characters, we also decorate, and entertain your party guests to make your moments of celebration unforgettable! Join us! Call us now! Check out our website for more details.
PHOENIX AQUATIC CLUB
Lessons held at HNA Palisade Conference Center 334 Route 9W, Palisades
PAC is a USA Swimming program guided by certified coaches for ages 4-adult. Our programs encompass Swim Lessons, Developmental Age Group Swim Teams, and Master’s Swimming Programs. PAC coaches focus on step-by-step technical development for beginners to Olympic Trial Qualifiers. Try-outs for fall 2018 teams start in August. Check website for details and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm a try-out date and time. Lessons offered at our Palisades location. We also offer our programs out of Stony Brook Swim Club in Hillsdale, NJ and Felix Festa in West Nyack.
Prime Time for Kids provides early intervention services, evaluations, and services for infants and toddlers with delays in their development. Our preschool (ages 2.9 – 5) is recognized as a School of Excellence by the National Association of Special Education Teachers. We provide speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and parent counseling and support. Our Universal Pre-Kindergarten and curriculum follows the NYS Pre-Kindergarten Common Core. Our program includes a state-of-the-art technology center, expansive indoor and outdoor play areas, music therapy, field trips, and a swimming pool. The Upper School serves students ages 9 – 21 and uses Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Red Owl Academy is an exciting new preschool that aims to inspire creativity, self-confidence, and a love for learning in young children. Our STEAM based curriculum fosters children's natural sense of curiosity, imagination, and joy; and learning to "think outside the box" takes place through interactive exploration and discovery using the five senses. We develop knowledge and skills through real life science and math activities, growing and observing our organic garden, music and movement including yoga, early literacy and language experiences, as well as French language. We invite you to visit to see the difference!
Rockland Theatre Company programs promote positive self-identity and confidence. Our fall and winter programs provide varied performing experiences. Children ages 7-18 have the opportunity to participate in a number of theater productions. Beginning this fall, we will be providing various master classes for acting, dancing, and singing. Please email or check our website regularly for updates to our fall and winter schedules.
SKY ZONE ALLENDALE
80 Commerce Drive , Allendale
Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. Experience “wow”–the weightlessness of bouncing, flipping, and landing into 10,000 foam cubes. Enjoy Open Jump, Toddler Time, Sky Slam, Foam Zone, Dodgeball, and now Sky Wars for ages 8 and older! Perfect for parties, events, groups, and fundraisers.
ST. CATHARINE EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
517 Western Highway, Blauvelt
Our program provides an opportunity for young children to join together in a loving, nurturing, educational, fun environment. Each child is introduced to a full curriculum of early learning in a center-based setting. Hands-on activities and participation in all areas provide the perfect setting for young children to develop and grow. Each child is recognized as a unique individual with special talents and abilities. Phonemic awareness skills, social, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills are introduced through creative curriculum. A wonderful place for preschoolers to learn, grow, and have fun!
Surge Studio is a true dance home for students of all ages and levels. Experience the Surge vibe, Surge love, and dance technique as you flourish in knowledge, confidence, and life skills that go beyond the dance floor. Perfect for students taking dance for recreational purposes, as well as students who want to take the next step in establishing a professional dance career! High energy, unforgettable memories, and smiles all appear for your child's experience at Surge Studio, so come surge with us!
TUMBLE-BEE GYMNASTICS AND FITNESS
401 Market St., Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
Tumble-Bee Gymnastics, offers programs for boys and girls, ages 10 months to 12 years. Serving Rockland for more than 30 years, our preschool program offers exciting weekly lessons and theme weeks. We are the only gym in Rockland County teaching the nationally recognized Fun & Fit Gymnastics after-school program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Our warm and well-trained staff will teach your children the skills that give them the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve success in the future. Register early! Classes close out quickly.
TUTOR TIME CHILDCARE LEARNING CENTER
227 N. Main St., New City
Tutor Time Childcare Learning Center in New City, provides early education and care to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Its proprietary LifeSmart™curriculum was designed to grow the whole child cognitively, socially, physically, and emotionally. We believe children are unique and need a safe and secure environment, where they are given love, outstanding care, and a variety of opportunities to grow and learn! Our center is open Monday–Friday 6:30am to 6:30pm. We offer full- and part-time programs, and a state-of-art facility with security cameras throughout. Call for a tour!
VICKI'S DANCE STUDIO AND KREATIVE KIDS
61 Maple Ave., New City
For more than 30 years, we have been inspiring and motivating students to follow their dreams both in dance and in their lives. Instructors at Vicki's Studio are dedicated to their students and teaching technique, while creating fun and exciting choreography in our non-competitive studio. We offer beginner to advanced classes for boys and girls ages 2½-adult, including jazz, tap, hip-hop, ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, creative movement, boys’ hip-hop, gymnastics, combination classes, and our new musical theater classes. For experienced dancers, we also offer a competitive dance team (try-outs required).
WEST ROCK INDOOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
21 Pralle Lane, Nanuet
Rockland's premier facility for sports training, development, birthday parties, and special events, offers programs for children and adults in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, and fitness. Our skilled staff ensures your child has the perfect mix of fun, physical activity, and training. Whether it’s our Basketball Academy, Tiny Tots Soccer classes for young children, or tennis academy, we offer many programs to meet your child’s needs, no matter the age or ability. Allow West Rock to be your one and only stop for your family’s sports and entertainment needs!
We offer fun and creative cooking classes for kids and adults throughout the year as well as exciting school holiday break camps, summer camps, and birthday parties. You can sign up for one class at a time or our monthly memberships which include frequency discounts and other perks. No annual contracts required and you can join at any time during the year. We offer different themes each month and cover topics such as kitchen safety, proper food handling, food preparation, cooking and baking techniques, table setting, and etiquette.
Young World Day School provides a safe, nurturing environment where ordinary kids do extraordinary things. An experienced staff utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning, using individualized instruction, cooperative learning, and small group instruction. The school includes a traditional preschool, beginning with a two-year-old program, a Montessori school for ages 2.9-5, a transitional and traditional kindergarten, all with low pupil-to-teacher ratios. The primary school for grades first-fifth is comprised of small, mixed-age classrooms providing individualized instruction so students learn at a rate appropriate to their ability. Morning and afternoon extended care available.