Please see below for frequently asked questions.  Click on each question to view the answer.

If you don’t see your question answered here, please feel free to contact Youth Services Coordinator Jessica Adamic at (904) 730-2100 ext 249.

Does the JCA provide snacks to the children?

Every afternoon, children receive a kosher snack as well as a fresh fruit or vegetable. On Fridays, children are offered challah bread as we celebrate Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath.  Additionally, all food served by the JCA is kosher.

What is the counselor to student ratio in the After School Program?

We strive to maintain a ratio of 1:10 in all areas of our program.

Do you have to be Jewish to attend?

No. We celebrate diversity and welcome children of all faiths. We believe that Jewish values are universal values. We promote fun and meaningful relationships and positive identity building through participation in Jewish cultural activities and practices.

Do you have to be a JCA member to attend?

No. Anyone can participate in the JCA After School Program. JCA members do pay less for our programs and have priority in program registration. In addition to access to our wonderful facility, membership may also provide significant savings when participating in JCA programs. If you would like more information, we are happy to put you in contact with our membership team.

Do you offer homework assistance?

The JCA is happy to offer After School participants access to our homework room which includes a quiet space, computer access and a homework room counselor who is available to answer questions and provide guidance. Private tutoring is offered for an additional fee.

Can I visit the After School Program at the JCA?

Tours are always welcome! If there is a specific day or time that you prefer to stop by, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are available to conduct tours at a day or time that is convenient to your schedule.

What does a typical day of After School look like?

Participants in the After School Program follow a daily schedule that includes snack, free choice, Power Hour and homework time. Each day from 4 – 5 pm, we offer students a choice of activity during Power Hour. Choices range from sports, arts, science and beyond! Power Hour offers a structured, enriching environment for children to learn, grow and play! New Power Hours are offered every month. Our schedule is subject to change.

2:30-3:30 Transportation from schools and arrival to JCA.  Free choice activities available.
3:30-4:00 Snack Time.  Homework room available until 5:30.
4:00-5:00 Power Hour
5:00-5:30 Power Half Hour
5:30-6:00 Wind down, clean up, and dismissal.

Do you pick up on Early Release days?

Early Release days are included in After School registration. The JCA will follow your school’s schedule for Early Release.

Do you offer care when there is no school?

When school is out, every day is a JCAtion at the JCA! JCAtion Days are offered for an additional fee throughout the year when school is out. We typically follow Duval County Schools’ calendar. The Youth Services Department is closed on Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Memorial Day.

What are the hours of your program?

The After School Program at the JCA runs from the time school releases until 6 pm.

From what schools do you provide transportation?

Currently, the JCA provides transportation from the following local schools:

  • Hendricks Avenue Elementary
  • Duval Charter School at Mandarin
  • Duval Charter School at Baymeadows
  • Loretto Elementary
  • The Bolles School
  • Seaside Charter Elementary School
  • Martin J. Gottlieb

My child’s school is not on your list? Can we still come?

If you do not see your child’s school on the list, please reach out to a member of the Youth Services team. Schools are chosen on an as-needed basis with a minimum number of registrations required from each school. Each school’s dismissal time is also taken into consideration before being accepted

Wow, the JCA has so many classes! Are they included as a part of After School?

The JCA offers a wide array of enrichment classes during the year. Classes typically include dance, music, sports, yoga, art, Spanish, Hebrew, swimming, cooking and much more. These classes take place during the afternoon hours and most require an additional fee (select enrichment classes are included in the Power Hour option). Registration begins as soon as the information is distributed via Program Guides, which are posted online at https://jcajax.org/jca-spring-program-guide-2018/.

Typically, the instructor for the enrichment class comes to your child’s class, picks them up and brings them to enrichment classes. If you choose to register for an enrichment class that is not included in Power Hour, please let the Youth Services office know so we can ensure your child is taken to class.