Home / Program Directory / Children's Programs

Summer Days at the J FAQs

Summer Days a the J logo

Refunds, Credits & Money Related Questions

Since we are cancelling Camp Shalom this summer, we are crediting all deposits for currently enrolled children and retroactively for all weeks dropped since March 13. Only the $36 fee per child will not be returned but will be applied to summer programming.

When will my credit show up on my account?
  • Credit will be allocate to your account. They will all be available before any summer program payments are due. Due to a software glitch you will not be able to see the credit but can still use it to register for our summer program. When we contact you to confirm your summer registration, we will let you know what your balance is. If you aren’t participating in the program, we will let you know what your credit balance is as soon as we have it.
What are my financial options if I’m not participating in the summer program?
One-hundred percent of your deposit is eligible for the following options:
  • Credit is automatically applied to your JCC account which can be used for any Mandel JCC programming in the next 24 months.
  • All or part of it to can be designated as a tax-deductible donation.
  • You may receive a cash refund in the same method as you paid. Refunds may take up to 12 weeks to process due to our current cash flow.
  • Your credit will automatically be posted to our JCC account unless you inform us differently using this link. Please click here to donate or request a refund.
Can I use my credits I received for cancelled programs on the summer program?
  • Yes, any credits you received for enrichment classes, preschool, or other programs can be used on any JCC program including Summer Program.
What is happening with financial aid?
  • Those who applied for scholarship will receive email notification by Friday with the percentage of award you are receiving. The percentage you will receive for our summer program will be equal to the percentage you were awarded for camp. If you are a preschool family applying for scholarship for the school year, the portal is open and if you didn’t already apply for the school year at the same time as you applied for camp, you will want to do so before June 1.


Summer Camp vs New Program and Detailed Information about the summer

The Mandel JCC is offering a new summer program called “Summer Days at the J” that while adhering to public health guidelines, provide a safe place for your children have fun with other children. This program will replace Camp Shalom this summer and begin on June 8th.

What will the program look like this summer? What activities? Field trips?
  • Summer Days at the J will programmatically be very different than camp. Our camp teams are working hard to make sure days include fun-filled activities such as arts & crafts, swim, camp games, sports, dance, spirit - dress up days, and more. Location specific calendars will be available this week. We will not have field trips or camp-wide special events due to social distancing guidelines.
How much will the new program cost?
  • Summer Days at the J will cost $340 per week for our nine-week session. It will cost $350 per week for either the five- or four-week session. As infant and toddler programs are 12 months, their pricing will be listed on registration materials.
When will that payment be due?
  • The first half of the payment will be due when we confirm your registration. For most families your credit from camp registration will cover much of that. The last half is due by June 3rd. You must be paid in full by June 3rd.
How do I register for the new summer program?
  • On Monday, May 18th at 9:00 am our portal JCConline.com/summerdays will open for 9-week participants to request enrollment. This is your commitment to register if we can accommodate you. After submitting the online commitment form, someone from our JCC team will call you to verify your selection and register you. They will be able to apply any credit from your JCC account and collect any additional payment due. Due to limited capacity and age distribution of groups, we cannot guarantee a space until you receive a confirmation email from our staff.
  • Registration for a five-week and a four-week session will open Wednesday, May 20th at 5pm based on availability and will follow the same protocol.
What is happening with specialty camps?
  • As most specialty camp activities create extra challenges for best practice and social distancing, we will not be able to offer them this summer.
What is happening with the CIT Program and Tzofim?
  • In order to accommodate as many children as we can with safe social distancing, we are not able to offer our CIT Program this summer. Tzofim will have a revised schedule that does not include field trips and will only be offered at our Palm Beach Gardens campus. Boynton Beach participants are welcome to enroll at Palm Beach Gardens but we are not able to offer bus transportation.
What is happening with special needs camps?
  • We will be offering inclusion services as part of Summer Days at the J. Our Tikvah and Avodah programs will operate only in Palm Beach Gardens and like our entire program, have significantly limited capacity.
How many kids will be in a group?
  • Based on current health recommendations, each group have eight children and two counselors. If guidelines change, these numbers may adjust throughout the summer.
Are the children swimming?
  • Yes, children ages three and four in the lower program will swim three times a week and those five years and above in the upper program will swim once a day. 
Can I see the schedule ahead of registering?
  • Yes, schedules will be available later this week and emailed out to families and will be on our website.
If I enrolled for weeks in June for summer camp, can I add on more weeks or switch my weeks to different weeks now?
  • No. All Camp Shalom registrations will be cancelled. When you register for Summer Days at the J it is a brand new registration. You will not however have to use our Personify registration system to sign up. All of the magic will happen behind the scenes.
How will the program adjust based on changes in the health guidelines?
  • We will continue to monitor the latest health guidelines and make adjustments to our summer programming based on those guidelines. Safety will always be our number one priority.
Is there a 9 week or sibling discount like camp?
  • In order to comply with health guidelines, we have limited capacity as well as increased staff expenses and supplemental costs to provide additional safety and health measures. Due to these increased costs, we are not able to offer discounts.
Are there still weekly options for registering?
  • There are not weekly options for the summer program at this time. We will offer a nine-week session and if space is available, two shorter sessions will be sold. First session will be June 8 – July 2 and second session will be July 6 - August 7. There will be no post camp week this year, it is included in second session.
If I’m already registered for summer camp do I get priority for the new summer program?
  • Yes, all current families will receive priority within their program option. We are first opening up registration for nine-week participants. Current families will receive priority if they sign up in the first 24 hours. If there are spots available after nine-week participants are enrolled, we will open to session participants and again, current families will have priority before community members if they sign up in the first 24 hours.
How many children can you take in the summer program and how will you determine who you take?
  • The number of children varies at each location and in each age group. We will first welcome families who commit to nine weeks of care with priority given to currently enrolled families, siblings, first responder and community hero children.
Is there before or after care?
  • At the start of summer we will not be offering before or after care. Our concentration is on providing the highest quality care throughout the day and following current health guidelines. Providing additional care for additional hours is challenging because children and counselors are not going to intermingle between groups. Should the guidelines change later in the summer, we will re-evaluate and provide wrap around care if we are able to do it well.
If I change my mind or I make other plans, can I cancel my registration?
  • No, due to our limited capacity all Summer Days at the J registrations are final and non-refundable as long as we continue to offer the program.
If I want to sign up later in the summer, can I?
  • Due to significantly lower capacity we don’t expect spots to be available. However if there are spots available you can certainly register when you’re ready.
My child is in preschool and may have a hard time transitioning- how will you handle?
  • The Mandel JCC preschools are working to make the transition to our summer program as seamless as possible. We will do our best to ensure that one teacher and a few children from their former class will be in their summer group.
  • Our Pre-K staff will work with our upper program staff to ensure a smooth transition for our pre-K students. We are planning to have an open house just for children going into kindergarten so they can meet their counselors and their transition can be aided by the teachers they already know and love.
How are you handling the social issues some of the children may have after being home for several months?
  • We will be providing specific training for our staff this summer to support your children and their social needs. We understand that many of these children have not been able to interact with other children for several months and the emotional and cognitive concerns that go along with that. Our team will have the skills and resources to work with the children and have prepared games and exercises to enhance their summer and help them address these issues while still having fun.
Will you still be offering lunch for purchase?
  • Yes, we will still be offering lunch for purchase five days a week.
Who will be allowed in the building?
  • The only programs we will run are preschool and Summer Days at the J. The only adults in the building will be JCC and cleaning staff.
Will there be an open house?
  • Yes, we are planning to host a virtual open house. Stay tuned for details.
Are there any new plans for pick up and drop off?
  • Carpool line procedures will look different as we incorporate contactless pick-up and drop-off and there will be no pick-up or drop-off in the building.
If things change for the worse this summer and you have to close early, will refunds be provided? What about if you have to close for cleaning if a child has Covid-19?
  • If we are closed for three or more days, you will receive a credit for additional days to your account.


Covid-19 Cleaning & Preparation

What precautions is the Mandel JCC is taking to keep my child safe at camp?
The Mandel JCC is adding a number of protocols to keep our children and staff safe. Including:

  • Taking daily temperature of all children and staff.
  • Smaller group sizes of 8 children and 2 counselors.
  • Groups will not interact with one another.
  • Campers and staff will wash their hands after each activity.
  • Staff will wear masks.
  • Equipment will be sanitized before each use.
  • Lunch will be eaten in small groups.
Will you be taking temperatures every day?
  • Upon drop off, all children and everyone in the car will have their temperature taken. If anyone in the car has a temperature of 99.5 or higher, the participating child will not be able to attend the summer program that day.
If a child comes to the JCC sick or becomes sick at the JCC what is the policy?
  • Parents would be called to pick up their child and any sibling as they will not be able to attend until better.
Will my child have to wear a mask?
  • Yes, all children over the age of 2 will wear masks.
What precautions is the Mandel JCC taking with staff?
  • Upon arrival all staff will have their temperature taken. PPE will be available and we expect to start the summer with staff wearing masks.
  • They will washing their hands after every activity.
If someone gets COVID-19 how will we handle?
  • If we learn about a positive case in our community we will evaluate via contact tracing how wide the exposure is and make cleaning and closure decisions based on those findings, in consultation with health experts. We are hopeful that our social distancing efforts would prevent us from having to close the entire program but will prioritize safety.
Why are camps in Public Schools closed this summer but we are not?
  • We understand that given the size and number of schools involved and what they need done to get the buildings ready for the fall, a strategic decision was made to not open - it was not a safety issue.
What is the plan for cleaning throughout the day and in the evenings?
  • Facilities will have expanded cleaning and disinfecting each night and additional staff present throughout the day for consistent sanitizing of door handles, tables, chairs and other high contact surfaces.


If I have more questions who do I go to?

For questions please contact your Summer Program Director:

PBG Upper Summer Program, Rachel Fox: RachelF@JCConline.com
PBG Lower Summer Program, Brooke Pertnoy: BrookeP@JCConline.com
BB Upper Summer Program, Allison Lazarus: AllisonL@JCConline.com
BB Lower Summer Program, Jodie Block JodieB@JCConline.com or Monica Buchnick Monica@JCConline.com

Sponsors

Summer Days Sponsor Logos


Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center

Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center

Registration is open for the 2020/2021 school year. We offer part-time and full-time options for infants through VPK. Our learning framework, community garden, ongoing parent communication, and integration of music, physical education, and Jewish celebration are just a few of the elements that separate us from other preschools. Come tour our facility and find out why we are considered a school of excellence.

Read more »

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Enjoy dozens of events both virtual and in-person, reserved seating, early access, exclusive receptions and more with our literary and film society memberships on sale now. Plus new this year, enjoy access to a variety of cultural presentations and lectures from educational leaders and speakers when you support!

Read more »

The Constance & David Blacher Children's Special Needs Program

The Constance & David Blacher Children's Special Needs Program

We believe that every child can succeed, every child can participate and every child can make friends! There are programs for all ages and ability levels including Sunday Fundays at the J, our Special Needs Adolescent Program, vacation camps, sports classes and more!

Read more »

Beyond the Bell

Beyond the Bell

Palm Beach County's premiere afterschool program has a limited number of spots left! With supervised homework, Judaic activities, swimming, sports, cooking, art, fitness, go-karts and more, your kids will be begging to stay after school!

Read more »

Keep in Touch With the JCC

Receive special events, news, and more!

[image]