About the Sutton Place Family Center

The Sutton Place Family Center is an affiliate of Kaplan Nursery School of Sutton Place Synagogue. Our mission is to provide diverse, quality enrichment and educational programs for parents, children and teens. Simultaneously, we hope to provide a place for families in the community to meet one another, learn from each other, and develop lasting friendships for parents, caregivers, and children. We offer classes for expectant families, infants, toddlers, children and teens! Our Toddler Group offers classes for children ages 8-27 months. We have also partnered with Kids in Sports and Little Maestros music program. Please contact Lindsay Bennett with any questions: familycenter@spsnyc.org, 212-826-6204.


January 2’s Bridge Program
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

The January 2’s Bridge Program is a partner program between the Sutton Place Family Center and Kaplan Nursery School. It is designed for children who do not meet the cut-off for the Two’s program in September or who selected to delay enrollment The program is for children turning two from July 1, 2020 through January 31, 2021

Tuesdays, Thursdays at 3, 4, or 5 PM (40 minute classes) 
Fridays at 1 or 2 pm (40 minute classes) 
5 sessions, beginning November 12, 2020 and ending December 22, 2020 
*no classes the week of Thanksgiving*

Sutton Place Family Center is thrilled to host Little Maestros for a late fall mini-session.  Classes will take place in the newly renovated Sanctuary on the main floor of the building.  All COVID-19 precautions will be in place for indoor activities. 

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Tuesdays 9:45-10:30 AM or
Thursdays 1:00-1:45 PM 
October 20th to December 17th

*No class the week of Thanksgiving

Virtually meet other new parents during this unique time of social distancing. Form a social community, that will last a lifetime. A discussion will be facilitated each week by Kaplan Nursery School Director, Lindsay Bennett. Topics will be relevant to the group and may include (sleep, feeding, sibling relationships, developmental milestones, tummy time, safety proofing, and caregivers). Classes will be offered for infants 0-12 months.

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Thursdays 9:45- 10:15 AM 
October 20th to December 15th
*No classes Thanksgiving week

In the comfort of your home, virtually, toddlers (12-24 months) will explore sensory play or art alongside a parent or trusted adult. Classes will be facilitated by Kaplan Nursery School 2’s teacher, Melissa Aives. Melissa will lead children in this 30 minute class, while providing the adults with a developmental context of the activity at hand. Class will begin with a welcome song and end with a story-time. Families will receive a list of required supplies one week prior to class, along with information on how to extend each weeks activity.

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Sutton Place Family Center CPR Class

Friday October 30th from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Thursday November 12th 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Member Price: $50 Non-Member:$55 

Additional participant fee: $15

As a parent, you hope you’ll never need to use CPR or first aid. But the truth is that if your baby chokes, you’ll want to be prepared and empowered to know what to do.

Amanda Greenbaum (Lifeguard and CPR instructor) will be hosting 2 virtual infant/ child CPR and first-aid classes and refreshers for parents and caregivers. Join others in our community for a non-certification class. Classes are between 1.5 and 2 hours. 

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During Storybook Theater, children will have the opportunity to bring their favourite picture books to life with Molly! Through movement games, songs, and imaginative play exercises, children will become actors and adventurers for the day. Each class will include interactive warm-up games followed by a creative exploration of a different children’s book. Past favourites include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Blueberries for Sal, and Owl Babies. She can’t wait to start a brand new adventure with you, on Zoom! 

Taught by KNS teacher, Sydnie, Cheflings is a cooking class for young children that is fun, educational, research-based, and delicious! Using techniques that are developmentally appropriate, children will learn valuable skills through the engaging process of cooking. Every class will incorporate science, literacy, and math while creating delicious creations. When children are involved in the process of cooking they are encouraged to try new things! Cheflings will develop their skills in the kitchen as well as their taste buds. Parents will receive an email 1 week before the class with the recipe and ingredients needed! 

Crafting Kids offers children a hands-on, engaging, social experience while crafting with each other virtually! Children will engage in a new craft project each week that channels their creativity while also working on their fine motor skills. Some examples include: dream catchers, ceramics, and beading. All craft project supplies will be available for pickup on from Sutton Place Synagogue or can be shipped for an additional fee. 

For PreK students
During Gan Katan with Alyssa Schwager, we are excited to learn and grow together. Our thirty-minute virtual sessions are centered around Jewish connection, music, stories, craft projects and activities, and friendship. We learn about Jewish holidays and mitzvot, as well as incorporate Hebrew into every class. Each class session includes both sharing and learning time, and students will have a project or activity each session.

Contact Alyssa Schwager aschwager@spsnyc.org with any questions.

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During Shabbat Club children will experience Jewish music with Cantor Malachi and a Jewish story with Lindsay or Sydnie. We can’t wait to celebrate Shabbat with you! Shabbat Club is open to all ages and free for members of SPS. 

The Lab offers young children fun, hands-on opportunities to explore the scientific disciplines. Using a project-based approach, we will strive to answer the questions our children are asking everyday about how the world works. Children learn science by doing science, thus classes will offer interactive opportunities to investigate and experiment in a meaningful way. Children will learn about science while developing their science process skills (observation, communication, classification, measurement, inference, and prediction), all the while making a mess and having a good time! They will also have the opportunity to contribute their own personal ideas and interests to co-create an educational experience that fosters their abounding curiosity for the natural world. Bouncing bubbles, rocket launches, cloud making, and so much more await your child at the Lab on Zoom!

Jewish Parenting  – Using personal stories and sacred texts, this class will look at how to incorporate Jewish values into your home as we discuss rites and rituals, gratitude and giving, life and loss, what it means to “parent Jewishly” in the 21st century.  

With Rabbi Ain on Fridays, 9:30 am: October 2, November 6, December 11, February 5, and March 5.

Email ajohnson@spsnyc.org for the zoom link and password.