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f f i! ( SHALOM CHILDREN'S CENTER In its 18th, or "Chai" year, the Shalom Children's Center served more than 130 children in toddler and parent programs, half and full day preschool and kindergarten. With a strong Judaic curriculum, SCC students and families enjoyed holiday and Shabbat celebrations throughout the year. Special activities such as a family Sukkot party, Purim Carnival, Chanukah songfest and Passover Seders highlighted our year. Committed to building strong Jewish identities for our children, SCC prepares them for the world of tomorrow and the future of Judaism. Family involvement is a big part of the SCC experience. Parents help in classroom projects, cook holiday foods, take part in our celebrations, drive on field trips, participate in our annual career day and enjoy our family picnic. The consistency and education of the SCC staff continues to be a strong element of our program. Degreed teachers provide parents with assurance that their children receive a quality early childhood experience. Current educational trends and research are shared with parents in workshops, discussion groups and conferences. Trained staff work with children with special needs by adapting classroom activities and helping parents gain additional services for their children. This commitment of caring and concern is evident in all aspects of the SCC. The influx of young families with children under two is apparent in Toddler Fun and Me and My Shadow. In preschool and kindergarten, enrichment programs such as Computer Tots, Little Big Band, PE, swimming and dance provide a comprehensive environment to meet the developmental needs of young children.. CHILDREN AND FAMILY The Children and Family department continued to demonstrate growth and success with solid programs, as well as new events. Fun and creative activities provided social interaction for children and families, Jewish learning and cooperative events with other agencies. The Whole Mishpacha, a new family program, emphasized the importance of knowing our past. Events included a temple and synagogue open house at the JCCT, workshops by local rabbis, a wall of remembrance with family photos, genealogy inquiries, a family show at the Israel at 50 Festival and a trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Funding was made possible by a grant from the Tidewater Jewish Foundation. Other activities included: The Havdallah Hop Family Night in which students from Temple Israel came to the JCCT for a Havdallah service, candle making, dinner, singing and dancing. Clublserved 15% more children as the word continues to spread that Saturday nights at the JCCT are a great way for children in third through fifth grades to have safe fun. Club J begins with a brief Havdallah service followed by play in the gameroom, gym and pool. Hand in Hand, a new program, partners with the Young Leadership of the United Jewish Federation. This series celebrated Shabbat, Hanukkah and Havdallah and served as a meaningful way for families to create Jewish ritual items. Children made kiddush cups, Shabbat candle holders, challah boards, mezzuzahs, Tzedakah boxes, Menorahs, dreidels and a Havdallah candle. Families learned blessings, songs and how to make their own challah. Jewish Cub Scouts emphasizes the importance of team work, fair play and Jewish traditions. Scouts explored their family tree, planted trees for Tu B'Shevat, created clay Menorahs, played sports, built cars for the Pinewood Derby, indoor rockets for the Space Derby, went camping and participated in the annual Glad Bag-A-Thon clean- up effort. Jewish Brownies, new this year, brought 10 girls to the JCCT. Brownies created Tu B'Shevat cards, tie dyed, swam, learned water safety, made matzoh, played sports and dancercized. Next year they will sell cookies. The Family Sukkot Celebrntion, was an event which attracted more than 175 children and parents where they painted squares for a community quilt, shopped for harvest produce in the shuk, made crafts, took pony and hay tides and listened to guitar muzic. The Gameroom's success in drawing children to the JCCT is verified by the more than 1,500 visits. An excellent service for all members, the Gameroom is a great place for creative programs such as camp, Club J, JASY and birthday parties. ICCTFamily News was mailed to 3,700 Jewish homes to promote children and family programs. Published three times to coincide with major events, advertisements paid all costs. The Kosher Cart (hot dog cart) during the basketball season, provided a tasty service to members, basketball league players and their families. CAMP More than 400 campers ages two through 15 enjoyed the JCCT Summer Camps. Camp programs feature highly visable and professional specialists in Judaics, Art, Nature and Music who greatly add to camp programming and spirit. A major emphasis of our camps is that starting in