The Afterschool Oakand Program
Oakland Afterschool is located at our Oakland Branch at 5811 Racine Street, in the Temescal neighborhood. The program serves children grades TK-5 from the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), South Berkeley Unified Schools, and Francophone Charter School. With colorful, spacious indoor and outdoor space, plus a large park around the corner, there is plenty of room to relax, do homework, hang with friends, run around, and gain enriching skills. In addition to our core activities, group programming, celebrations, structured and unstructured play, there is a wide array of engaging chugim (Hebrew for “classes or activities”, singular activity is “chug”). We offer seasonal schedules of chugim for Fall, Winter and Spring. Our chugim include activities such as Piano, Women in the Arts, Slime Time, Carribean Cooking, Taekwondo, Roleplaying Adventures (Dungeons and Dragons), STEM Fundamentals with Legos, Dodgeball Showdown, Comic Book Illustrations, The Great JCC Baking Club, and many more! To see examples of our previous seasonal chugim schedules and daily routine schedule, please browse the links below.
Hours: The program runs from 1-6 PM, Monday through Friday. Full-day programming is offered on most Oakland Unified School District holidays and vacations. Our office is open 10am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
Chugim (Enrichment Classes)
The JCC Afterschool Oakland program offers many chugim (enrichment classes) for our winter session to children who are currently enrolled in the Afterschool Programs. We offer a wide scope of chugim from cooking and baking classes, to painting and sculpture classes, to clowning and martial arts, ice skating, swimming, and more! Many of our classes are taught internally by our afterschool teachers and some are contracted out to professionals in the community – cost varies dependent on material fees and instructor. With such a variety of chugim, there is something for everyone!
- Winter Chugim 2020
- Fall Chugim 2019
- Spring Chugim 2018
- Example Daily Schedule (2019-2020 School Year)
We partner with 11 local schools to provide van transportation services to the JCC Oakland Afterschool Program. JCC drivers are trained to drive children safely by using defensive driving strategies and abide by California Highway Patrol requirements. All passengers are required to wear seat belts and use appropriate booster seats based on California State Law. We offer transportation from the following schools in Oakland and Berkeley:
Chabot Elementary, Glenview Elementary, Manzanita SEED Elementary, Montclair Elementary, *Peralta Elementary*, Thornhill Elementary, Sequoia Elementary
Emerson Elementary, Malcolm X Elementary, Sylvia Mendez Elementary
Additional Non-District Schools
Francophone Charter School
*This is the only “walking school” because it is within walking distance to our Oakland Branch. Children from Peralta elementary walk to our program with the supervision and guidance of a JCC staff member.*
If you do not see your child’s school on this list, contact the director for additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for Fall 2020-2021!
Our registration process for 2020-2021 enrollment will open be in April 2020. If you are a new family to our program, the first step is to contact the director, Margot Sands, for an intake call and tour of the program (email@example.com). New and returning families may also start the process by completing the Beginning of School Year Intake Form (link below).
Margot Sands, Director of Oakland Afterschool
Meet the Afterschool Oakland Team!
|Margot Sands, Director, is very passionate about cultivating meaningful experiences for children through the JCC Oakland Afterschool Program. She has a Masters in Elementary Education, is a certified JOFEE Professional, and is currently training to become a certified out-of-school time trainer with CalSAC. In her spare time, she loves to dance, craft, and play board games.|
|Brendan Tidd, Driver/Teacher/Chef, is in 9th school year at JCC Oakland Afterschool. He loves to create music with his band, cook delicious food, and enjoy the great outdoors by exploring local natural areas. He is a jack of all trades as a Youth Bus driver, afterschool teacher, and known as Chef Brendino who makes everyone’s favorite curry snack!|
|Marco Garcia, Afterschool Teacher Specialist, is an all-around artist who sings, dances, draws, paints, creates one-of-a-kind stories and more! Marco has Masters in Fine Arts and has been working with children for years and is passionate about bringing out each individual’s inner power through the arts. Some of his favorite chugim to teach are Showstoppers (children-led theater productions) and Zen Out (meditation, mindfulness).|
|Rochelle Brock, Afterschool Teacher/Driver, has always loved working with children. It is one of her driving forces in life to plant seeds of compassion, understanding, and justice within her students and peers. She is constantly tending to her spiritual garden and supports others in doing the same through meditation, music, theater, games, reading, cooking, and more!|
|Conor Allen, Afterschool Teacher/Driver, is a baker. Did you know? He truly loves to bake and test his skill recreating anything from the Great British Baking Show. He is also full of jokes and enjoys making others laugh as a stand-up comedian. He enjoys getting to know our students through games at Bushrod Park, innovative podcasting, and, of course, baking yummy desserts in the JCC kitchen.|
|Nicky Rodriguez, Afterschool Teacher/Peralata Walker, is an incredible comic creator, illustrator, and artist. With a Masters in Comic Illustration, she loves to help students elevate their self-written and illustrated comic creations both on paper and on the web. Nicky also loves to cook, bake, and share delicious dishes with all. She enjoys sharing recipes from her family and Puerto Rican heritage alongside Rochelle’s Jamaican roots in their joint Carribean Cooking chugim.|
|Ehsan Yacub, Afterschool Teacher, began her work with the JCC as a Preschool Teacher. She has brought her expertise in childcare to our afterschool program and has built long-lasting relationships with many of our children. She enjoys teaching children how to sew, craft beautiful cards, and how to be kind to each other. She also loves introducing students to classic games like dominoes.|
|Robert McLean, Afterschool Driver, is one of our seasoned drivers who picks up children from their school and brings them to the JCC! He knows the Bay Area inside-and-out from his many years of driving folks of all ages. When he isn’t driving, he loves hosting a local radio station with his favorite music, learning new skills, and snacking on healthy foods.|