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Before-and-After-School Enrichment Program (BASE)


Our mission is to ensure an interactive, fun, beneficial, and positive environment in which every child can grow and develop in a safe, structured, and friendly atmosphere!

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Click here for applications and forms.


Staff Application

Do you enjoy working with kids and being a role model? The BASE program is looking for energetic, caring, and responsible staff to help supervise the kids in the program. To apply, please complete the staff application by clicking here.

Before-School Care: AM BASE

Start the day off right! Beginning at 7:30am each morning, your child can catch up on his/her reading, hang with friends, play games, and prepare for the school day. The AM BASE program is available to students in select schools.  Please contact us to see if your child’s school is on the transportation list. Transportation to area schools is done through Fairfax County Public School transportation, Gesher Jewish Day School busing, the J’s buses, or a contracted transportation company.  

After-School Care: PM BASE

Make the most of every afternoon! The PM BASE program runs from the time the school dismisses until 6pm daily. Upon arrival from school, your child will be served a snack, comprised of two nutritious food groups, and will be able to choose from the following activities:
• A quiet homework room with staff on hand to assist
• Science, arts and crafts, and cooking projects
• Free creative play in either the Junior (grades K–2), Senior (grades 3–5), or Home (grades 6-8) BASE rooms stocked with age-appropriate toys, games, and books
• Organized sports and team-building activities in our full-sized gymnasium and outside on the playground
• A wide variety of board games and card games in our game room
• Free swim twice a week in the J’s 25-meter, heated indoor pool

BASE for 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders!

This program is specifically designed for our older students who require less supervision. Students in this program have the freedom to spend their afternoons in an area designated just for them. Staff will be in place to give one-on-one attention to these students as they unwind, play games, learn from each other, and focus on their school work.

Transportation is Available!

Students who attend Mantua Elementary School and Gesher Jewish Day School can ride their designated school bus to the J. Contact your child’s school to arrange transportation.

For students attending Wakefield Forest, Olde Creek, Little Run, Camelot, Canterbury Woods, Stenwood, Mosby Woods, Fairhill, Daniel’s Run, and Oak View elementary schools, the J can provide transportation.
Fee: $110/ $90 members (per month regardless of number of days attending BASE)


Inclusion BASE

For children with special needs, the J is proud to offer a range of support and services to help all children  enjoy all the fun and exciting activities that the BASE program has to offer. Please contact the Special Needs Department at 703.537.3031 for more information.

Join us when school is out for teacher work days, holidays, and during inclement weather when area schools are delayed or closed! No need for you to find a last-minute babysitter or take a valued day off. Whether you need care for one day or the whole year, BASE is your place!

Vacation Day Program

Join us when school is out for teacher work days, holidays, and during inclement weather when area schools are delayed or closed! No need for you to find a last-minute babysitter or take a valued day off. Whether you need care for one day or the whole year, BASE is your place!

BASE Vacation Days run from 7:30am–6pm. Remember to send your child with a meatless lunch, swimsuit and towel, and weather-appropriate attire. Please note that if you are new to the BASE program, we need to have an emergency contact and child profile form on hand.

Upcoming Fairfax County Vacation Days
Monday, December 21–Friday, January 1: WINTER BREAK
Tuesday, January 15
Friday, February 5
Monday, February 15
Monday–Monday, March 21–28
Friday, April 22
Friday, June 24

Upcoming Gesher Jewish Day School Teacher Work Days
Monday, December 21–Friday, January 1: WINTER BREAK
Friday, January 15
Monday, February 15
Thursday, April 7
Friday, April 8
Friday–Friday, April 22–29
Thursday, June 23
Friday, June 24

We also offer special care on days when students are released from school 2 hours early. During this pre-BASE care, children can eat lunch, watch a movie, and play games until BASE begins. Early release care is covered for all BASE families registered for the BASE-ic Package or 5 days a week. Drop-in care is available for all others.

Upcoming Fairfax County Early Releases
• Friday, December 18

Upcoming Gesher Jewish Day School Noon Dismissal
• Friday, December 11

Fairfax County Two-Hour Early Releases

We offer special care on days when Fairfax County releases from school 2 hours early. During this pre-BASE care, children can eat lunch, watch a movie and play games until BASE begins. Early release care is covered for all BASE families registered for the BASE-ic Package or 5 days a week. Drop-in care is available for all others.

Early releases occur on:

Thursday, February 4
Thursday, April 21
Thursday, June 23
Fee per day: $50/ $30 member

Upcoming Gesher Jewish Day School Teacher Work Days & Breaks

Thursday, June 18
Friday, June 19

Gesher Noon Dismissals
We offer special care on days when Gesher Jewish Day School has an early release. During this pre-BASE care, children can eat lunch, watch a movie and play games until BASE begins. Noon dismissal care is covered for all BASE families registered for the BASE-ic Package or 5 days a week. Drop-in care is available for all others.
Noon dismissals occur on:
Friday, February 12
Friday, March 11
Thursday, March 24
Friday, April 1
Friday, May 20
Wednesday, June 22
Fee per day: $50/ $30 member

Inclement Weather
The J’s BASE program offers care when schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather! If schools open late, BASE is open as of 7:30am. When schools release early, BASE is open until 6pm. On snow days, BASE operates from 9am–5pm. Space is guaranteed for all BASE-ic Package families; all others must call or email to reserve their space.
Delayed opening: $40/ $20 member
Early release: $60/ $40 member
Snow day: $80/ $60 member


BASE Enrichment

In addition to the wide-range of activities at BASE, we also offer a variety of enrichment programs and classes. For an additional fee, your child can choose from sports, dance, and swim classes; private music lessons and tutoring; and group courses that include martial arts, yoga, drama, and more! All of our enrichment programs and classes are offered in-house, which means no extra driving for you! We will escort the children to and from each activity.

Year ‘Round Enrichment
In addition to the year ‘round classes below, your children can participate in the youth dance and swim programs.

Private Music Lessons

The J offers private 30-minute music lessons for kindergarteners through adults. Before registering, please contact to arrange a time slot. Schedule subject to change.
Fee per lesson: $45/ $32 member

Violin and Viola with Margie Bassman

Monday lessons available.

Piano with Sophy Weinroth

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday lessons available.

Guitar and Ukulele with Alex Pilotti

Wednesday lessons available.

Enrichment Classes
Your child can delve into these 8-week classes with a promise to learn something new and have a great time! Classes change seasonally, stay tuned for more great offerings!

Unless otherwise noted, all classes are open to any student in Kindergarten through 8th grade, regardless of their participation in the BASE program or affiliation with the J!


Strategy Games
Tuesdays, January 12–March 8 (8 weeks)
(no class Jan. 19)
Grades: 1-6
Enjoy playing fun strategy games and a fantasy role-playing game where you can become a character, such as an elf, dwarf, wizard, or knight. Role-play using different card, digital, and board games. Games include Pokemon, Yu Gi Oh, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, chess, and more. Work as a group to develop a playable strategy game from scratch. Learn how logic is implemented into each game and characters are balanced. Solve puzzles to master each game, using scenarios you might encounter in a quest.
Fee: $250/ $200 member
Code: #6970

Spinning for Kids
Wednesdays, January 20–March 9 (8 weeks)
Grades: 2–8
This course will help you discover the unique aspects of fitness for 2nd–8th graders while providing creative outlets for excess energy that can be done indoors and out on the road! We will learn about important bike fit tips for kids, exercise recommendations, safety guidelines, and more! The course includes specially designed kid-focused courses and rides to provide engaging exercise experiences that are as educational as they are fun! After taking this class you will be the one to inspire and motivate other kids toward improved health, physique, and self-confidence.
Fee: $225/ $175 member
Code: #6971


Do, Re, Mi – An Introduction to Music
Thursdays, January 21–March 10 (8 weeks)
Grades: K–8
Geared to different ages, this course involves a variety of instruments, including drums, guitars, bells, keyboards, flutes, etc. We also sing and harmonize using our voices as instruments. Sometimes we make an orchestra, which teaches children organization skills as well. Recognition of composers and music theory are also included.
Fee: $225/ $175 member
Code: #6972

Sensational Sweets
Fridays, January 15–March 11 (8 weeks)
(no class Feb. 5)
Grades: K–8
Join us for a session full of pastry, baking, and fun with Tiny Chefs! This winter, explore the world of sweet and savory pies. You’ll learn how to make pie dough from scratch and how to roll and shape it and then fill it! We’ll make Mini Shepard’s Pie, Apple Pie Bites, and many more delicious pies — perfectly sized for kids!
Fee: $250/ $200 member
Code: #6973


Crazy Concoctions

Tuesdays, April 26–June 14 (8 weeks)
Grades: K–8
With age appropriate projects for each age group, our students will learn the fundamentals of solids, liquids, and solutions. Students investigate the properties of several crazy concoctions and make their own samples of bubbles, play dough, flubber, and more! Our older students will get to design, create, test, and refine various mixtures and solutions with different chemical properties. They will develop solutions to clean up an oil spill, synthesize their own rocket fuel, and investigate the secrets behind color pigmentation. Get ready to get elbow-deep in the world of chemistry!
Fee: $200/ $150 member
Code: #6974

Creative Writing

Wednesdays, April 27–June 15 (8 weeks)
Grades: 2–8
This class is ideal for students interested in writing their own poetry, short fiction, and autobiographies. Students enhance their love of the written word, as well as practical composition skills, through creative exercises, peer critique, and an emphasis on point of view, description, voice, and theme.
Fee: $225/ $175 member
Code: #6975

The Beginnings of Digital Photography

Thursdays, April 28–June 16 (8 weeks)
Grades: K–8
Learn how to use a digital camera and to edit photos using computer applications. Practicing techniques, such as framing and exposure adjustment, is key to producing desirable photos. Students have the opportunity to test their skills by taking pictures both indoors and outdoors, uploading the images, and editing them in a personal, journalistic, or artistic style.
Fee: $225/ $175 members
Code: #6976

Sports Blast

Fridays, April 29–June 17 (8 weeks)
Grades: K–4
This class provides a great overview of various sports, and fundamental skills. An emphasis on teamwork and good sportsmanship is stressed. Specific sport activities will vary by each class. This session is designed to ignite a passion for sports. Children will improve their kicking, running, jumping, and throwing skills. Introductions to various sports may include t-ball, hockey, basketball, soccer, tug of war, frisbee, and relay races. Lessons will incorporate individual instruction, organized drills, and fun games.
Fee: $225/ $175 members
Code: #6977


Kid's Night Out

Contact:, 703.537.3096
See dates below.
Ages: 5–12
On selected Saturday nights, we take your kids and you can enjoy an evening out! Each night includes games, projects, swimming, a movie, and a snack. Come prepared for an evening filled with fun and stay tuned for more information!
Fee: $35/ $30 member (5% sibling discount is available)

Tu B’Shevat Tree Party!

Saturday, February 13
Code: #6978

Happy New Year to End the School Year!

Saturday, May 7
Code: #6979

Membership Benefits for the Whole Family!

Participation in the BASE program does not require a J membership. However, members receive a substantial discount on programs and classes, and are entitled to exclusive, members-only tuition rates. J members also receive benefits outside of the BASE program, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Use of the J’s six-lane, heated indoor pool
  • Access to the fitness center, which is open seven days a week
  • Personal training with our licensed personal training staff
  • More than 30 free group exercise classes offered weekly
  • Summer Camp and special family programming!
  • Cultural and educational activities and games for adults only!

Contact our Membership Department at 703.537.3042 for more information.

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