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Getting an Edge on Kindergarten at J Camps
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Monday, May 1, 2017
by mgroogan

Getting an Edge on Kindergarten at J Camps

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston focuses on making every camp the best that it can be. One camp in particular focuses on recruiting just the right talented staff in order to meet the needs of the campers; nothing says get ready for kindergarten like Kinder Camp at the J. This summer, there is a focus on smaller class sizes in order to provide smaller camp-to-counselor ratios.

“In order for J Camps to be great this summer, we need to invest in it. That is exactly what we are doing,” said J Camps Assistant Director, Julie Levine. “While we’re excited about getting new tables, chairs, carpets and toys this summer, Kinder Camp is also about focusing on kindergarten readiness, learning to stand in line and to ask good questions, as well as problem solve.”

Nina Godiwalla had one child go through Kinder Camp last year and has another one enrolled this summer.

“My son had a fabulous time in Kinder Camp. The activities were so varied; the campers received instructional swim as well as recreational swim every day. They participated in art, watched performances put on by other campers and also got to cook,” said Nina. “The real indication to me that he was in a wonderful camp was at pick up time, he would beg to stay.”

This year J Camp staff plan to add more activities to Kinder Camp that includes gymnastics, Judaics and Science. J Camps have developed and implemented a new hiring process for camp staff that includes extensive vetting, group interviews and an enhanced staff training. All staff will be participating in the all-camp staff training and a camp-specific training.

“I enrolled my son, David, in Kinder Camp specifically because of the facilities and all the different activities for children to do,” said Debra Dluhy. “My son loves being able to go to the pool every day and that’s really unique about J Camps, not many camps offer daily instructional and recreational swim. This is one last hoorah for David and his preschool friends. The J has worked diligently to enhance security protocols this past year and I have no doubt it will be fun and safe.”

There are two informational meetings to learn more about J Camps Monday, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Merfish Teen Center and May 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Weingarten building. Visit www.erjcchouston.org or contact Kathy Sabia in the Camp Office at 713-595-8166 or Laura Talisman at 713-551-7231. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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