Berkeley Afterschool & Club J

Program Overview

Our K-5 Berkeley Afterschool program is all about supporting and mentoring youth as they grow to become impactful, engaging citizens. Club J, our 4th and 5th grade division of Berkeley Afterschool, provides a tailored experience for our older elementary school children, offering youth the opportunity to shape their own curriculum and greater freedom to express themselves.

Berkeley Afterschool and Club J offer a safe, affirming environment that allows all students to be their authentic selves. Youth will develop lasting relationships with peers and adults, building bridges with our community and beyond. We believe in a balance of structure and freedom, providing students with the opportunities for free play and organized activities. We encourage youth to explore their interests and passions, develop their voice, and grow as individuals. Every Friday, we rejoice together at the end of the week and celebrate Shabbat.

Our staff is well trained in communication, conflict management, and lesson planning, and is here to support your child’s needs whether it be helping with homework, reading a story, painting, or playing an energetic game of soccer out in our yard.


  • Berkeley Afterschool follows the BUSD calendar and the JCC East Bay’s calendar. (Pay special attention to our JCC early closure days for the night before a Jewish holiday.)
  • Berkeley Afterschool has 4 and 5 days/week options.
  • Drop off begins at either 1:30pm (K) or 2:30pm (1st-5th).
  • Pick up is at 6pm.
  • 2021-2022 year runs from August 16, 2021-May 27, 2022.

Monthly Fees:

Drop off

4 days/week

5 days/week

1:30pm (Kindergarten)



2:30pm (1st-5th)



The JCC East Bay recognizes that all families have different needs, and we are committed to helping families pay for our high quality aftercare program. We use School and Student Services (SSS) for help in determining family needs for Financial Aid.

We also recommend that you review the wide range of materials that SSS has put together to help families with the financial aid process found at sssbynais.org/parents. To learn about eligibility, submission dates, SSS (School and Student Services) requirements, and more, please contact us using the 'Contact Us' section below.

Registration is open for the 2022-2023 school year! Please click here to enroll.

What are your COVID safety procedures?
The JCC East Bay makes every effort to maintain social distancing and we work with our students to understand personal space and boundaries. We conduct daily health screens and take temperatures when the students arrive. We limit intermingling between groups to emphasize social distancing and minimize exposures. In compliance with CDC and local safety recommendations, all people over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering, except while eating or drinking. Groups are assigned to communal play areas on a rotating basis. All high contact areas, equipment, and toys are cleaned before, during, and after usage by staff and JCC East Bay janitorial staff. In the event of a presumed positive COVID-19 case, a deep-clean will be performed.

What happens if a child, parent, or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19, leadership staff will follow the guidance from the Berkeley Health Department that includes protocols for closing, investigating, cleaning, and reopening.

If a student or teacher becomes sick, what is the plan of action and will the program be cancelled?
If there is a suspected case or exposure of COVID-19 onsite, the JCC East Bay has a comprehensive isolation protocol. At that time, the JCC will determine the scope of a facility deep-clean and/or a temporary shut down of the facility to allow for a cooling off period.

How will groups be organized?
Each group is split up by age/grade with up to a 1:14 teacher to student ratio. Groups will have access to indoor classrooms and will rotate outdoor spaces. Having friends in the same pod depends entirely on the availability within a pod — we will do our best to accommodate, but cannot guarantee anything.

What are your food and snack procedures?
Beginning February 1, 2022 BAS will provide snacks for all students, but they may bring supplemental snack as needed. All students should bring a water bottle each day.

How often does my child go outside?
As often as possible! In rain or shine, we enjoy taking our students to Live Oak park, playing on the play structures and spaces on the JCC grounds, and taking walking field trips around the neighborhood. We're so fortunate to live in such a lovely area that we like to take advantage as much as we can of the great outdoors.

How do you handle poor air quality?
The JCC East Bay has a comprehensive Air Quality decision-making matrix that we employ when the AQI reaches unhealthy levels. Generally speaking, for AQI levels between 51 and 150 (Moderate and Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups), we will take more breaks and do less intense activities outdoors, and also decide to move activities indoors. We will utilize HEPA filters when indoors to filter out air particles from the outdoors. At Unhealthy levels (AQI 151-200), we will assess the current levels and hourly projections to determine program closures. If we decide to keep the building and programs open within this level, we will keep everyone indoors and utilize HEPA filters. At Very Unhealthy levels and beyond (201+), we will close our building and suspend all of our programs. As air quality changes rapidly and is hard to predict, we will take building and program closures on a day by day basis. We are in constant communication with local school districts and will also consult with them on AQI if/when appropriate.

What is your refund/credit policy?
We've all had to learn how to be flexible! The JCC East Bay coordinates our offerings to complement school districts, schedules, air quality, and more. We begin the year with a certain schedule and options and recognize that circumstances can change. As such, we strive to notify you as soon as possible about changes in programs and associated payments. There may be situations where the JCC East Bay is unable to provide planned services due to natural disasters or public health concerns. In these situations, refunds for charges already made will not be provided — however, future charges will be suspended until services can resume.

Will there be transportation to the JCC East Bay Berkeley branch?
The JCC East Bay works closely with BUSD to provide transportation from most schools. We offer a walking pick up from the BAM School. We cannot offer transportation, however, from other schools not serviced by BUSD transportation. Students will need to be picked up and dropped off at the JCC East Bay Berkeley branch at 1414 Walnut St.

Benji Toczynski
Director of Berkeley Afterschool and Club J

Sarah Salem
Assistant Director of Berkeley Afterschool and Club J