As your community center, we want to help alleviate the stress that school closures and alternating schedules may cause. That’s why we’re introducing, JCC Pod Squads: Your Supplemental School Solution!

Starting Sept 14, 2020, the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades will welcome children for academic support, socialization, and enrichment. It’s your very own pod, with the benefits of the JCC facilities, expert staff, and diverse programming!


DAYS/HOURS: Mon-Fri, 1:00-6:00 pm

Or Build Your Own Schedule!

Organize your own Pod Squad of 6-10 kids and contact us to accommodate your scheduling needs, whether full day, half day, or partial hours. Or, if you're coming alone but have different hourly needs, get in touch and we'll do our best to pair your child up to meet your schedule. We'll be evaluating the “build your own” option on a weekly basis by demand.


Pod Squads will become family with whom your child can complete homework, hit the fields and playgrounds, and explore new interests. This dynamic program exposes children to a variety of activities, encouraging experimentation and academic exploration in a safe, supportive, and supervised environment.

Organize your own pod or let us take the lead! We’ll place kids in Pod Squads of up to 10, grouped by grade and led by 2 staff supervisors for each pod. Our staff are fun, nurturing, and experienced! They are camp counselors and educators, with a love for kids.

Examples of Pod Squad programming and academic enrichment, rooted in Jewish values:

  • Supervised homework help
  • Robotics
  • Music
  • Sports & Movement
  • Project-based learning
  • Outdoor adventures on our 21-acre property
  • Nature and environmental awareness
  • Tzedekah projects
  • Celebrating Jewish holidays
  • And so much more!

Sample schedule:

1:00-1:45 pm    Arrival and board games/cards
1:45-2:30 pm    Snack and homework or reading/drawing/coloring solo time
2:30-3:15 pm    Homework continuation if needed or daily sport
3:15-4:00 pm    Special rotating daily activity: science/art/music/robotics/Shabbat
4:00-4:45 pm    Fun with Food cooking activity or optional extracurricular class
4:45-6:00 pm    Free play and optional extracurricular class

Following all NJ and CDC safety guidelines, Pod Squads will practice distancing from other pods, and will each have designated indoor and outdoor spaces on our expansive property. Pod Squads will have use of fields, playgrounds, courts, and more. Our facility has been transformed to mitigate risk against Covid-19, and extensive procedures are in place for everyone’s safety.

Read our FAQs for Program Details and Health and Safety Guidelines >>


Enrollment is for a monthly commitment so that Pod Squads can stay together and minimize exposure.

JCC members will get priority placement, since space is limited! Click/tap here to learn more about becoming a member and its many benefits.

JCC Member Rate: $1,000 per month

Public Rate: $1,200 per month


Fees paid in full will be due at the time of registration. Two weeks advance notice is required for cancellations and full refunds will be issued. Limited financial assistance may be available. Please contact Melissa Peters at to request an application


For extra enrichment, choose from a myriad of extracurricular activities to enhance the Pod Squad experience. We’ll escort kids to their classes and back if they end before 5:45, all of which will also operate with strict Covid-19 safety precautions in place.

It’s the perfect opportunity to learn or finesse a skill. The best part? From tap dancing to swim lessons, there is something for everyone!

Check out our fall classes here:

Contact Aaron Atlas
Director, Youth and Camping Engagement