Contacts for Special Needs

Special Needs Director
Jessica Tischler, M.Ed, CTRS
(703) 537-3031

Special Needs Program Coordinator
Aryn Cahen, M.Ed

Resource Specialist
Melissa Hochberg, M.Ed

ReelAbilities: Greater DC Film Festival Coordinator
Michael Mebrahtu

Upcoming Events

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The Voice

Programs and Classes

Make Your Move

Ages: 18+

Thursdays, June 12–July 3 (4 Weeks)


Contact: Aryn Cahen

Join us in this great movement program that incorporates dance, music, and a whole lot of fun! This program is for adults of ANY ability. You will have the freedom to move to your own beat while maximizing your own individual strengths. This program is run by the JCCNV Dance Academy.
Fee: $40/ $32member
Code: #5258

Kids' Night Out

Ages: 18 months–12 years old
Saturday, August 9, 6pm–9:30pm

To arrange support for your child, contact, or (703) 537-3031.

Join us for Havdallah, followed by a colossal Hawaiian Luau Party! Children will enjoy an evening full of games (including Beach Blanket Bingo, limbo and hula hooping contests, and even the traditional Hawaiian game, “Ulu Maika”); arts and crafts with sand art; delicious snacks; and a screening of “Lilo & Stitch.” Aloha!
Fee: $35/ $30 member (5% sibling discount for second child enrolled in either KNO program is available)
Code: #5171

Sunday Family Swim Time

Sundays, 11:30am–12:30pm

The JCCNV pool is open Sunday mornings for families to enjoy swimming together. Children exploring the water with their parents tend to make a smoother transition to organized swim classes when they turn three. Children not yet potty trained must wear swim diapers, and all children under the age of 10 must be supervised by an adult when at the pool.
Fee: $6 Guest Pass/ Free for member

Inclusion Programs

Adapted Aquatics

Contact Teo Albu, Aquatics Director and SFA Associate Director, at, or (703) 537-3053.

The Adapted Aquatics program is designed for individuals of all ages withcommunication spectrum disorders. The goal of the 30-minute private lesson is for the student to experience the relaxing pleasure of being in the water, while at the same time feeling comfortable, safe and independent.

Before- and After-School Enrichment (BASE) Program

To arrange support for your child, contact, or (703) 537-3031.

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 nutritional 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) or Senior (grades 3–6) BASE rooms stocked with age-appropriate toys, games and books
  • Organized sports and team-building activities in our indoor gymnasium and outside on the playground
  • Board games and foosball in our game room
  • Free swim twice a week in the JCCNV’s 25-meter heated indoor pool


Contact Brenda Forsley,, or (703) 537-3057

The JCCNV Dance Academy offers quality dance classes to toddlers through adults in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, and more!

Kids’ Night Out!

Ages: 18 months–12 years old

To arrange support for your child, contact, or (703) 537-3031.

At Kids’ Night Out (KNO), children enjoy a Saturday night chock-full of swimming, movies, games, sports, and more — all at the JCCNV! The supervised activities provide parents with the opportunity to enjoy an evening out or attend programming around the Center!