Ring the school bell! It's back to school time in Rockland County. Find schools, after-school classes, religious schools, and activities in music and dance, gymnastics, art and theater, martial arts and various sports; tutors, and much more in Rockland County, New York.
APPLAUSE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
305 W. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River
We are a non-profit educational theater organization specializing in musical theatre classes and shows for children ages 3-18, beginners to advanced. Applause offers classes in acting, singing, and dancing. Ms. Renna provides a unique opportunity for kids to perform in shows, creating special parts for each child. We provide programs and performances year-round, so call or email us for current programs and show information. You can also join our exciting Applause Company which performs at festivals and special events.
BOUNCE! TRAMPOLINE SPORTS
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage
Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. The facility has fitness classes for all ages and levels, open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball, foam-pit jumping, and non-competitive tumbling and gymnastics classes, as well as Mommy & Me classes for the younger set. They also have private party rooms, a Wi-Fi lounge, a healthy-food snack bar, an arcade, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 6 and younger. School, camp, and group trips welcome. Fundraising opportunities available.
BOUNCEU - PARAMUS
70 Eisenhower Drive, Paramus
Opening in Elmsford in October!
150 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford
Bring the kids by for some exercise after a long day of school. We have regularly scheduled Open Bounce sessions Monday-Thursday, from 4-5:30pm. Pay one low price per child; parents accompanied by a child are FREE and welcome to bounce along with their kids. Tuesday Nights are Family Nights! Kids can bounce from 6-8pm, and parents, again, are FREE. BounceU is also a great place for birthday parties, fundraisers, special events, and Summer Create and Bounce camp. Visit our website or call for more information.
BRIGHT BEGINNINGS PRESCHOOL & CHILDCARE
6 Charles St., New City
Are you looking for a safe and loving environment for your child? We are now enrolling for Preschool and Childcare for children ages 6 weeks-school age. Owned and operated by a NYS-Certified Elementary Teacher with a Literacy Specialization, we also offer before- and after-school programs, as well as drop-ins for school delays and closures. We will work with your schedule, and offer discounted rates for teachers! We are a NYS-Licensed Facility and follow a NYS Pre-K curriculum. All staff are CPR- and First Aid-Certified.
CORNERSTONE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
384 New Hempstead Road, New City
We are an independent, evangelical, elementary school (K-6th grade) serving the local Christian community since 1984. We want our students to have the awareness that they’re very significant individuals, each one very special to God, each one marked by Our Lord for His purpose. Our certified teachers integrate a biblical worldview throughout the curriculum, thereby impacting every aspect of knowledge and learning. The small class size allows for more individualized academic instruction. Our Kindergarten program is full day. Bus transportation available throughout Rockland. We are a ministry of Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship.
COUPÉ THEATRE STUDIO
33 E. Route 59A, Nanuet
For over 40 years, Coupé Theatre Studio has offered the finest training in all the performing arts. Weekly classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern dance, tap, theatre dance, hip hop, musical theatre, acting, voice, and kinderdance are available, as well as programs just for boys and adults. Coupé’s current full-time teachers hold degrees in dance education, or have had extensive professional performing careers. Classes are carefully monitored for size, compatibility of students, and quality of teaching. Fall 2012 registration is now in progress.
CROSS CULTURAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
58 Bergen St., Westwood
Do you want to learn to speak, write and/or read Spanish? Does your child need after-school help to improve his or her Spanish grades? We offer over 20 years experience in Spanish language and cultural education, including tutoring for all levels and ages. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, as well as group or private sessions. We also offer accent reduction and English as a Second Language sessions for those trying to improve their English communication skills. Please call or check our website for more details.
69 Lake Road, Congers
Danceworks has been in the Clarkstown area for over 29 years. The studio offers classes in Mommy & Me, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop for ages 2 through teen. Danceworks specializes in children – encouraging a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. Several children have gone on to study at the School of American Ballet in Manhattan. Our adult ballet workout (free babysitting) teaches you to work with your body, not against it. Beginners are welcome and no special clothing is needed. Free trial classes are available to all.
12 Suffern Place, Suffern
Over the past 37 years, Debi's Dance has become the No. 1 dance destination in the Rockland area. We are dedicated to providing top quality instruction, a nurturing environment, and fun! Our goal is to develop each student’s individual personality, creative spirit, and the desire to perform. We offer programs for children ages two years and older, including a large selection of adult-only classes. Instruction offered in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz funk, hip-hop, ballet and tap combo, and tricks and turns classes. We also offer Teen/Adult ZUMBA® classes.
DWIGHT ENGLEWOOD SCHOOL
315 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood
Dwight-Englewood School is an independent college preparatory day school for students in preschool through Grade 12. Located on a 40+ acre green campus within minutes of the George Washington Bridge, the school enrolls approximately 950 students from 90 communities in Bergen and Hudson counties in New Jersey, and Rockland County and Manhattan in New York. "Challenging minds for a changing world," Dwight-Englewood fosters independent thinking; the ability to solve problems; and the skills, tolerance, and integrity it takes to thrive in the 21st century.
THE FABRIC LADY
146 S. Liberty Drive (Route 9W), Stony Point
845-589-0399 Store / 845-641-4441 Cell
At The Fabric Lady, finding everything you need is SEW easy! We have a large selection of fabrics, notions, sewing machines, upholstery services, and knowledge to share. We offer sewing lessons for adults and kids – everything from basic sewing techniques to learning how to put in a zipper or button hole. We also offer kids’ sewing parties. Girl Scouts are welcome – earn a sewing patch! Call for details. Come see us at our new location in Stony Point!
GRANDMASTER B. M. KIM'S TAE KWON DO
60 S. Broadway, White Plains
187 N. Main St., Port Chester 914-934-1861
969 N. Central Ave., Scarsdale
7 College Ave., Nanuet
At Grandmaster B.M. Kim's Tae Kwon Do school, we offer a variety of classes suitable for all ages, 3 and older. We have specialized PeeWee classes, children, adult, and family classes. We specialize in birthday parties and children's summer camp programs. Call today to book your next birthday party with us!
GREEN MEADOW WALDORF SCHOOL
307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge (in Rockland County, just over the Tappan Zee Bridge) offers Parent & Child classes for babies and toddlers up to age 3, serves children from Nursery-12th grade, and also runs a popular Farm Days summer program. Founded in 1950, we are one of the oldest, largest Waldorf schools in the US, with about 350 students. Green Meadow students go on to top colleges, fulfilling careers, and are known for their resilience and creativity. Visit gmws.org to learn more about Waldorf Education, and see how we are transforming education.
HELEN HAYES YOUTH THEATER
142 Main St., Nyack
Celebrating our 14th year of excellence in theater education, the Helen Hayes Youth Theater offers year-round theater programs for kids ages 5-17, including weekend and weekday classes and productions. We welcome performers with all levels of experience. Fall programs include “Legally Blonde,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” and a drama workshop. Please join us for professional training in a friendly, supportive environment. For more information, call us or visit our website.
THE JAWONIO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER
155 Phillips Hill Road, New City
Contact: Jerry Staller
Playing and Learning Together at Jawonio is a fully integrated early childhood center for all children ages 18 mos.-5 years (with and without special needs). Our NY-State-licensed program provides children with a developmentally appropriate education in a nurturing, stimulating environment. Daily activities include math and reading readiness, science, art, music, computers, outdoor play, and dramatic play within a theme-based curriculum. We provide a full time nurse and hot lunch daily at our state of the art facility in New City. Flexible schedules and extended hours available.
JEP OF ROCKLAND HEBREW SCHOOL
30 Blueberry Hill Road, Monsey
JEP of Rockland's Bobbi Lewis Hebrew School provides an outstanding Jewish education through our comprehensive curriculum, taught by dynamic and creative teachers in a fun and loving environment. Inspiring classes for parents and grandparents, family holiday events, mitzvah projects, fantastic Shabbatonim, exciting trips, and an Israel fair are integral parts of the JEP experience. We also offer a very vibrant post Bar/Bat Mitzvah program for teens. Reasonable rates. No membership dues. For more information, contact Naomi Greenwald at 845-558-5858.
KREATIVE KIDS & VICKI'S STUDIO
61 Maple Ave., New City
Kreative Kids is a toddler/nursery program for boys and girls ages 16 months-4 years (diapers welcomed!). Classes are divided by age. We offer arts & crafts, music with instruments, singing, creative movement, tumbling, story time, snack time, early learning skills, and lots more. Our professional staff balances active and quiet activities, as they provide comfort and love to each child, making separating easy. Classes are kept small to provide individualized attention.
KUMON MATH AND READING CENTERS
216 Congers Road, Bldg. 3, New City
9D Pascack Plaza, Perlman Drive, Spring Valley
Kumon is an afterschool math and reading program that unlocks the potential of children to achieve more on their own. Jay Raghunath has been a certified Kumon instructor for more than 20 years. She uses Kumon’s individualized approach to help children develop a solid command of math and reading. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills.
450 S. Main St. (Route 304), New City
We are an after school learning center for K-12 students. Our dedicated and experienced teachers help Elementary, Middle, and High School students with homework, SAT, NYS ELA and Mathematics preparation, Regents Exams, Critical Reading and Writing, Math and Problem Solving. Individual attention to each child is guaranteed, with tutoring services and small classes designed to help students excel in writing, critical reading, and mathematics. Our Power SAT Prep Course runs all year long. Call or check our website for more details.
THE LITTLE GYM
777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
Upper West Side (bet 74th & 75th Streets)
2121 Broadway (2nd Fl.), NYC
Upper East Side (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues)
207 E. 94th St., NYC
28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick NJ
The Little Gym is an exercise and motor development center for children, offering gymnastic classes, sports skills development, dance, cheerleading, and karate classes for children ages 4 mos.-12 years, in a loving, non-competitive environment. Qualified instructors implement programs designed to build self-esteem and confidence. An emphasis on music and fun encourages both physical and emotional growth. The Little Gym also offers summer camp, holiday camp, Parent Survival Night, and Awesome Birthday Bashes.
Mad Science sparks imaginative learning after school with programs held at local elementary schools. These fun and exciting one-hour programs run four to eight weeks, or all semester-long! For a low, all-inclusive fee, parents can offer their children the Mad Science experience: exciting hands-on activities, spectacular demonstrations, inquiry-based discussions, and the opportunity to make amazing take-homes like rocket cars, periscopes, and much more! For more information about programs available in your area, please call.
MANIA TRAINING FACILITY
24 Holt Drive, Stony Point
Mania Training Facility, home of Cheermania All-Stars, opened its doors this June to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, featuring top-of-the-line equipment and added space. The certified Mania Staff teaches Tumbling, Stunting, and NEW Fitness classes! This expansion beyond cheer allows Mania to provide adult classes, so parents can now take the term "actively involved" in their children's lives seriously. Whether you’re looking for a place for your child's birthday party, dropping kids off at a class, or even joining in yourself, Mania Training Facility invites you to check it out!
MASTER JUNG & YU TRADITIONAL TAEKWONDO
70 N. Main St., New City
Owned and operated by the US National Team Head Coach/Manager, Master Jung and Master Yu's school offers unique martial arts training by blending Korean culture and philosophy with traditional Taekwondo. By combining physical with spiritual, we offer the most complete and satisfying training, embodying mind, body, and spirit. Classes are open seven days a week for all ages. Our unique birthday parties open the door for future leaders and martial artists, and are available on weekends. Energize your whole being at Traditional Taekwondo. Call for more details.
THE MASTERS SCHOOL
49 Clinton Ave., Dobbs Ferry
The Masters School is a coed day and boarding school of 600 students in grades 5–12. Founded in 1877, the school is located on a majestic 96-acre campus. Our Middle School is redefining coeducation with the focus on developing each student’s academic skills, confidence and love for learning. Grade 5 is co-educational, grades 6–8 are divided into single gender classes. Centering around a Harkness table, Upper School students engage in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that encourages critical, creative, and independent thinking.
New City, Pearl River, Suffern
MusicClasses4Kids is a customized music program for children, newborn through Kindergarten, that has been developed through research and actual classroom experience. We utilize various highly acclaimed curricula, along with traditional music from around the world, and construct class sessions based on the philosophy that Early Childhood Music Education is enhanced through the active participation of attending parents and primary caregivers. The company is independently owned and operated by Gail & Mark Pent, better known to the kids as "Kupkake" & "Mistermusikmark," who personally instruct and oversee all class sessions.
NANUET HEBREW CENTER
411 S. Little Tor Road, New City
Our religious school fosters Jewish education on many levels, empowering our students with tools which enable participation in synagogue life. Our instructional menu runs everything from free Mommy & Me holiday classes, to K-7th grade religious school, to a post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. Contact NHC for more information on membership, non-member holiday tickets, tot shabbat, our youth group, and adult-education programs.
NEW CITY JEWISH CENTER NURSERY & RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
47 Old Schoolhouse Road, New City
The NCJC Nursery School is proud to be a NYS-accredited nursery school, which aims to instill a love of learning and Jewish life. Our programs are all-encompassing, from Mommy and Me to Pre-K, with the goal of helping your child grow during the monumental early childhood stages. We also incorporate programs such as yoga, tennis, and Hebrew immersion. Our Religious School offers a truly innovative approach to Jewish education, designed to engage, educate, and empower our young people to form a lasting connection to their Jewish identity.
PANTHERS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
100 Route 59, Suite #L-3, Suffern
Starting as low as $59 per week for our Before-School program, and as low as $89 per week for our After-School Program, we offer more than any other program in Rockland County: FREE transportation from your child’s school to ours, martial arts and swim lessons, daily healthy snacks, quiet time to do homework, and game and activity days. Best of all, we pick up and provide care on half-days and early-dismissal days at no additional charge. Swim lessons are taught by Angela Spina, owner of SeaBeast Aquatics. Martial arts classes are taught and supervised by three-time Hall Of Fame Inductee, Master Al Quiceno.
557 Western Highway, Blauvelt
South Orangetown provides transportation to and from our facility. All-around school at its finest, offering before- and after-school programs for school-age children. There is no limit to the growth you will see, when a highly experienced staff and beautiful facility are combined. Children develop skills to enable them to grow into individuals with self-confidence and assuredness. We are the way to go!
RISE & SHINE DAYCARE
14 Highland Ave., W. Nyack
We are a privately owned, licensed daycare center providing a safe and comfortable environment for your children. Our experienced and well-trained staff are CPR- and First Aid-certified. We take children ages 6 weeks to 12 years (before- and after-school care). Flexible hours from 7am-6pm, part time and full time. We have a fenced in playground for nice weather play, as well as educational activities. Our brand-new surveillance system will allow you to view your child from your cell phone or computer, so you can watch them grow!
ROBIN HILL SCHOOL
70 Wesley Chapel Road, Suffern
Where your child's education begins, makes all the difference. Since 1965, Robin Hill has offered the most innovative, quality educational programs for nursery and pre-school. We encourage children to discover themselves and the world around them, as they grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually to their fullest potential. Classrooms are large, sunny, and invite creativity. Outdoor play areas include three separate, fully equipped playgrounds. The well-rounded and enriched curriculum includes academic and creative areas designed to stimulate your child's interest in learning, while enhancing their social skills. An Afternoon Enrichment Program is also offered.
ROCKLAND JEWISH ACADEMY
450 W. Nyack Road, W. Nyack
Rockland Jewish Academy is an independent Jewish day school for children ages 3 through 5th Grade. RJA’s faculty and staff are under the supervision of Dr. Elliot Spiegel and Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, benefiting from its proven record of high-level student preparation while building Jewish identity. Extended care is available from 7:30am-6pm through our partnership with the JCC Rockland. Located at the JCC Rockland Campus, we provide individualized instruction with a desirable student-to-teacher ratio, enabling RJA children to grow within a stimulating learning environment that celebrates their talents and gifts.
234 Route 59 (Kohl's Shopping Plaza), Nanuet
Rockland's most complete music store offers private music lessons. Our instructors are prestigious industry professionals with years of experience. In group lessons, children frequently become bored waiting for slower students. At Rockland Music, your child will learn and excel at his or her own pace — increasing their skills and enjoyment. Learn guitar, bass, drums, woodwind/brass, strings, piano, voice, and multitrack recording/editing. The store also offers a huge selection of instruments, equipment, and accessories, along with the most comprehensive band and orchestra investment rental program in the Northeast.
ROCKLAND YOUTH THEATRE
Rockland Youth Theatre offers acting training for young people. Classes focus on the key elements of acting and performance: relaxation, concentration, imagination, communication, presentation, voice production, creating character and relationship, and scene development. Students work cooperatively to create an environment that encourages risk-taking and creativity, work on published scenes and monologues, and create and rehearse original scenes. All classes culminate with a showcase of student work. We also offer private coaching. For teachers, visit the Rockland Youth Theatre website for integrated content school residencies.
SADDLE RIVER DAY SCHOOL
147 Chestnut Ridge Road, Saddle River
Founded in 1957, Saddle River Day School is an NAIS/NJAIS-accredited, co-ed, college-prep day school enrolling approximately 325 students in grades K-12. A 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio provides personalized attention for every student in a challenging academic environment. The school embraces core values of responsibility, honesty, compassion, and respect. The beautiful 26-acre campus offers two gyms, two media/library centers, technology lab, performing arts center and three fully equipped art/graphic art studios. Recent graduates are attending Boston College, Brown, Bucknell, Colgate, Cornell, Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Tufts and U Penn.
THE SPORTS PLACE
600 Bradley Pkwy., Blauvelt
The Sports Place, “Where the Focus is on Fun!,” is proud to be Rockland’s leading family entertainment center. Check out our after-school program, 1st to Home®, for kids as young as 2-½ years old. Private 1st to Home® classes are available for groups of five or more. TSP is also the place to celebrate a birthday or special event. Choose from our Kids’ Corner, Turf Time, GloPutt, Inflatables, Touchdown, or On-the-Court packages, and new X-Battle. Or go all out with “King/Queen for a Day Party.” Come visit Toppings, our new Ice Cream parlor. Please contact us for further information.
ST. CATHARINE EARLY EDUCATION CENTER
517 Western Highway, Blauvelt
Our program provides an opportunity for young children to join together in a loving, nurturing, educational, and fun environment. Each child is introduced to a full curriculum of early learning in a center base setting. Hands-on activities and participation in all areas of learning provide the perfect setting for young children to come together to develop and grow. Each child is recognized as a unique individual with many special talents and abilities. Phonemic awareness skills, social, cognitive, fine and gross motor skills are introduced through a creative curriculum.
TEMPLE BETH TORAH HEBREW SCHOOL
330 N. Highland Ave., (Route 9W), Upper Nyack
At Temple Beth Torah, our goal is to provide outstanding Reform Jewish education and to work with families to ensure a lasting love of Judaism. Our Religious School offers interactive programs for students in grades 1-12 that include Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, and Post-Confirmation studies. We offer religious Nursery and Kindergarten programs for ages 3-5, as well as our monthly Bagels & Blox program for children ages 3 mos.-3 years, and their parents. TBT is an inclusive community that embraces families of diversity. For more information, contact our Educator, Mara Lewin.
TUMBLE - BEE GYMNASTICS AND FITNESS
401 Nanuet Mall South, Nanuet
Tumble-Bee Gymnastics, serving Rockland County for 26 years, offers an after-school program for boys and girls ages 5-12. We are the only gymnastics school in the area licensed to teach the nationally recognized Fun & Fit Gymnastics program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Our warm, caring, and well-trained staff will teach your children the skills that give them the confidence and self-esteem they need to achieve success in the future. Register early! Classes close out quickly.
61 Maple Ave., New City
For over 29 years, we have been inspiring and motivating students to follow their dreams both in dance and in their lives. Instructors at Vicki's Studio are dedicated to their students and teaching technique, while creating fun and exciting choreography in our non-competitive studio. We offer beginner-advanced classes for boys and girls ages 2½- adult, including Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Modern, Creative Movement, Boys’ Hip-Hop, Gymnastics, Combination classes, and our NEW Musical Theatre classes. For experienced dancers, we also offer a competitive dance team (try-outs required).
VISION SPORTS CLUB
37 W. Jefferson Ave., Pearl River
We offer complete family fitness programs under one spacious 45,000-sq.-ft. location. Our Youth Fit Zone introduces fitness to kids at a young age, empowering them by building a lifetime of healthy habits. Guided programs are provided for children ages 8-15 under the direction and supervision of Vision Fit Coaches in their own “gym within a gym.” Featuring youth-only classes such as Yoga, Field Day, Obstacle Course, and Spinning, plus a Youth Lounge equipped with computers and a flat-screen TV.
Ilene Weiss was a chairperson of the Committee of Special Education, and is a NYS-certified teacher with 30 years experience working with children with disabilities. Ilene consults and advocates for parents with special needs children, and tutors struggling children in reading and literacy using a multi-sensory approach. Ilene works with Fletcher's Place Reading Program to improve reading instruction and help struggling readers. Ilene provides NYC teacher training. Her pilot program in Newark has been completed, and was extremely successful.
WEST ROCK INDOOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX
21 Pralle Lane, Bardonia
Rockland's premier facility for sports training, development, and special events. We offer programs for children and adults in basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, lacrosse, and fitness. No matter what your child's age or athletic ability, we have a program to meet his/her needs. Our highly skilled staff will ensure your child has the perfect mix of fun, physical activity, and athletic training. We have 16,000 sq. ft. of space in our air-conditioned gym, over 26,000 sq. ft. of turf, and 6 Har-Tru tennis courts! Check website for sports programs and summer camp details.
12 Bardonia Mall, Bardonia
Fun workouts, a nurturing environment, and an instructor who understands and respects the individuality of each child make the Workout Place the karate place for kids. Director Arnold van Deuren, in addition to holding an 8th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, has a PhD in education, and specializes in child and adolescent development. Under his direction, children learn not only the skills needed to defend themselves, but more important, the skills and attitudes needed to succeed in school and in life.
YOUNG WORLD DAY SCHOOL
585 Wyckoff Ave., Mahwah
Young World Day School provides a safe, nurturing environment where ordinary kids do extraordinary things. An experienced staff utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to learning using individualized instruction, cooperative learning, and small group instruction. The school includes a traditional pre-school beginning with a two-year-old program, a Montessori school for ages 2.9-5, and a transitional or traditional Kindergarten, all with low pupil to teacher ratios. The primary school for grades 1-5 is comprised of small, mixed-age classrooms providing individualized instruction so students learn at a rate appropriate to their ability. Morning and afternoon extended care available.