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Parent Handbook

Please take a moment to review the parent’s handbook so that we can be partners in creating the best, safest, and most enjoyable experience at Downtown Jewish Camp.
Please don’t hesitate to call or email with any and all questions.

We are here to serve you to the best of our ability. Welcome to the family!


Downtown Jewish Camp is a project of the
Downtown Jewish Center Chabad.
The Camp is located in our education building.
Steen Family Jewish Education and Event Center
1012 E Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale Florida 33301

Contact information:
Our phone number: 954.667.8000
E-mail: info@downtownjewish.com
website: camp.downtownjewish.com

Devorah Kaplan
E-mail: Devorah@downtownjewish.com
Direct number 754.234.5770


Downtown Jewish Camp is for boys and girls aged18 months through 6 years old including Kindergarten.

June 21 – July 30
No School Monday, July 5

Full-day program
Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Half-day program
Monday – Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm

Pre Care – After Care
Early care starts at 8:00 am and is $15per day
After-care is Monday – Thursday 3-5:00 pm and is $15 per hour

No aftercare on Fridays
Aftercare will be charged to your card at the end of each week.
We charge for the complete hour – no partial payments.

Children who are new to our camp or school and have never been in school before will begin their first week as a ‘phase in week’.

On the first day of camp, the children will attend for one hour and increase their attendance time over the week until we and they are comfortable in the environment and have been able to separate from mommy or daddy.

Please see the enclosed information on prepping your child for the first week of camp

New families must fill out all forms on the camp checklist

The $50 registration fee is a non-refundable processing fee.

Withdrawal Policy:

In the event of early withdrawal, there are no refunds and you are obligated to pay the complete amount you registered for.

The registration fees are non-refundable. You may be eligible for a refund of tuition (less non-refundable deposit) if your contract is terminated.  Your contract may be terminated if the Director chooses to dismiss a child based on the procedure outlined in the Parents’ Handbook, or for nonpayment of tuition.

Security Fee:

There is a $150 security fee to help pay for the Security Guard.
Security Guard fee is non-refundable

See Updated Policies and COVID Guideline for COVID related closings
Inclement Weather:
Please note that if Broward County Schools/camps are closed for inclement weather, we will also be closed.
We will not make up for days closed due to bad weather.

DJP camp will be closed on Monday, July 5 in commemoration of the holiday.


Downtown Jewish Camp will provide all snacks and meals.
The cost for the daily hot lunch is $7 per day which includes afternoon snacks. You may provide your own lunch and afternoon snacks.
Children with allergies such as nuts, gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and the like must provide their own snack and lunch. The food must be dairy and kosher. We cannot heat or cool food items, so please be sure to send lunch in temperature-controlled – insulated containers such as a thermos. We are not a peanut and tree nut-friendly school and each class will be assessed by the enrolled students’ needs.  Sippy cups and water cups must be marked with the child’s name and date brought. Food brought from home will not be shared with other children out of respect for the individual kosher and dietary restrictions of each child.


Downtown Jewish camp does not have a set dress code and children are welcome to wear appropriate play clothing of their choice.  Please bear in mind that the children will be playing outside and with a variety of materials and mediums throughout the day. Children tend to get messy and dirty. As noted on the supply list, please send a smock to be kept in the classroom for your child. Although teachers try to ensure they wear smocks, sometimes their creativity carries them away.
Any soiled clothing will be sent home in a plastic bag.  Please make sure your child has a complete set of clothing at the school in case of an “accident”. Make sure the clothing is clearly marked.

We have a camp t-shirt that all children must purchase. They are welcome to wear them every day.

We encourage them to wear them Fridays for the Shabbat party.

Please check periodically to see that the clothing fits your child and is appropriate for the weather. Children should wear sturdy, well-soled shoes, that will be practical and comfortable for them to wear at all times during the day, whether they are in the playground, sandbox, or in the classroom.  Tennis shoes are the recommended footwear for their comfort and safety. Please send along appropriate jackets or sweaters when the weather gets cooler so that the children will be comfortable while playing outdoors.

There are designated swim days however we do anticipate the children getting wet every day at camp- as per the supply list please send in a bathing suit and towel every day as well as swimmers.


The camp begins at 9:00 am sharp and ends at 3:00 pm.  We ask that you cooperate with our school policy and not bring your child before 9:00 am, or pick them up after 3:05 pm, except when pre-care/aftercare arrangements have been made

  • See camp COVID guidelines for drop off and pick up protocol
  • Parents may park on the street or in the camp parking lot.
  • You may also park at our synagogue one block west at 900 E Broward Blvd and 912 E Broward
  • Due to the size of our parking lot, we ask parents to please be patient, considerate, and respectful to other parents as they load and unload their children.
  • Our security guard is here to keep us safe- so please heed his instructions carefully.
  • In order to help adjust children to their new environments, we ask that parents not prolong their good-byes.
  • Teachers/counselors are not available for extended conversation during drop off and pick up
  • No child will be released to a person not authorized in writing by a parent/guardian to pick them up.  Please be aware, we will check the photo ID before releasing your child to someone unknown to us.
    They will also need to share your password.
    Please fill out the emergency contact form attached
  • See updated COVID policies on drop off which include but is not limited to: parents wearing masks, the temperature is taken of all children, and a list of questions to be answered by parents.

Late Fee

If your child is picked up late, they will be placed in aftercare and automatically charged $15 for the full hour or any increments of the hour past 3:05 pm

Pre care and aftercare
Pre care is Monday – Friday 8:00 am
$15 per day | your card on file will be charged at the end of each week
Aftercare Monday-Thursday 3:05pm – 5:00pm
$15 per hour and partial hour| your card on file will be charged at the end of each week.

No aftercare on Fridays | Fridays end at 3:00 pm


Fire/Disaster Drills:

During the school year, we conduct fire and disaster drills teaching students our safety procedures in a non-frightening manner.  During fire drills, the children will practice evacuating to a safe location away from the building.  During disaster drills, the children will practice evacuating to the innermost hallways away from windows and doors.
During Lockdown the children will be ushered into the bathrooms or protected under tables and chairs while the teachers barricade the doors.

Vaccinations and Immunizations:

Broward County requires that all Health and immunization records be completed and presented to the school/ camp prior to opening day, in order for your child to be admitted to class.

Toilet Training:

Children in the 2-year-old group do not need to be toilet trained.   We are happy to assist in the training process with children who are toilet training at home for at least one week and can verbally communicate their desire to use the restroom.  Be sure to send plenty of extra underwear. For all diapered children, parents must provide diapers, wipes, and scented bags for disposal.

Minor Injuries & Illness:

Our school/camp is well equipped to handle minor injuries such as superficial cuts and bruises.  If we have any questions as to the severity of an injury, we will contact parents at the emergency numbers we have on file.  An incident report will be sent home.  Parents will be contacted in the event their child becomes ill or injured at school/camp.  The faculty will use their own discretion to determine if the child is well enough to remain at school.



All COVID 19 updated policies and guidelines supersede any other sick policy. Be sure to read the updated policies and guidelines here.
Children must be kept home when they have the symptoms of a contagious illness or if they are not feeling well.  This policy protects the recovering child, whose resistance to new infection is low, as well as his/her classmates and teachers.  If your child requires medication upon returning to school, please stop by the office to complete a Medication Authorization Form.  We certainly hope that everyone stays healthy, but we must state our health policy for the record. Our primary consideration is for the well-being of all campers and staff. So, while it is normal and even healthy for young children to be sick in the early years (it helps develop a strong immune system), communicability remains an important consideration in deciding if a child is well enough to be in school. Written communication from a physician must be provided regarding a child who has a condition that poses no threat to himself or herself or anyone else, in order for that child to remain in school/camp.
We reserve the right to ask you to keep your child home until we feel comfortable having the child back in school regardless of the doctor’s note.

Keep your child home if he or she has:

  • Diarrhea– acute diarrhea, characterized as twice the child’s usual frequency of bowel movements with a change to a looser consistency within a period of 24 hours
  • Vomiting – one or more episodes of vomiting within a period of 24 hours
  • Fever – elevated temperature over 100.5 F within 24 hours
  • Strep throat– sore throat or constant cough
  • Conjunctivitis – red eyes with a discharge –often a sign of conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), and highly contagious. When these symptoms accompany a non-contagious condition, we must have a doctor’s note.
  • Rashes – skin rash, excluding diaper rash, lasting more than one day
  • Runny nose, especially with green mucus
  • On Antibiotics– begun an antibiotic for a contagious condition less than 24 hours ago
  • Chicken Pox: The child may return to school when all lesions are crusted over.
  • Head Lice: The DJP honors a no-nit policy.  The child may return to school after the removal of all lice and nits.
  • Pin Worms: The child may return to school 24 hours after treatment.
  • Fifth Disease: As known as Parvovirus, Fifth Disease is a mild illness and not serious in healthy children.  However, it can cause serious complications during pregnancy.  Because there could be pregnant employees and parents at our school, we ask that your child stays at home if you notice any symptoms such as low-grade fever, tiredness, or cold-like symptoms.  Once your child breaks out in the rash (which looks like slapped checks and/or a lacy itchy rash on the trunk of the body) they are no longer contagious.
  • Fussy – been fussy, cranky or out of sorts for the last 12 hours
  • Had very little sleep the night before
  • Hand foot and mouth dots and or sores

Children can return to school 72 hours after the fever or symptoms have disappeared. Children too sick to participate in full program activities, including outside play, should be at home. Please call the school/camp when your child is absent due to illness. If your child becomes ill in school/camp, or if we notice any concerning marks or fever at 100 or more, we will call you to take him/her home. If we can’t reach you, designated emergency numbers will be called. Any other arrangements for the care of a sick child must be given to the office in writing. The school reserves the right to determine if a child is well enough to be in school.

Each morning, the teachers/counselors in each room will conduct a quick health check on each child as they arrive. They will check for runny noses, fever, and any other common symptoms. They will also be noting down any bruises or bumps a child may have.


  • For your enjoyment, we will post daily photos and a short description of that day’s events on our private Facebook
  • Kaymbu daily notes will be sent at the end of each day for children ages 18 months- 3 years old/ informing you of your child’s essential needs such as diaper changes, nap time, and food intake of the day. Occasionally, we will note if you need to replenish any items or any additional information regarding snack or lunch
  • You will be added to a camp Whatsapp broadcast group for quick updates and reminders.
    We urge you to stay up to date with what is happening in camp via our e-mail photo and video updates and are encouraged to visit our website often.


Discipline at DJP will take the form of positive management. Our goal is for the child to learn self-management skills and inner control through participation in a safe, loving, and well-planned environment. Children are provided with consistent routines and realistic limits and expectations.

Our teachers and staff are all trained in the world-renowned Conscious Discipline Program.  Our classroom is equipped with “feeling buddies” and a “quiet space or safe space”.
Parents are encouraged to explore conscious discipline at their own convenience.

Children shall not be subjected to discipline which is severe, humiliating, or frightening. Discipline shall not be associated with food, rest, or toileting. Spanking or any form of physical punishment is prohibited. We ensure that age-appropriate, constructive disciplinary practices are used for children in our care.

For more information about our Conscious discipline program visit consciousdiscipline.com


The full month calendar is on our website

Please note our specialty days:

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are designated water days – however, the children may likely get wet on other days as well – (see the supply list for necessary items)
Mondays are for Baking or food art!
Tuesdays are Yoga days with Ms. Brianna
Wednesdays is for beloved Super Soccer Stars and the Mitzvah of the week project
Thursdays are designated for a spectacular event or show such as a petting zoo, puppet show or extra-special activity!
Martial arts for ages 3 and up TBD 
Fridays are for  Music and always a Shabbat party and challah baking!

The DJC is a collaborative project between the Downtown Jewish Center and our community.  We need your input and support to make this project flourish.  We depend on your feedback to create a better product, and welcome suggestions, volunteer hours, and contributions.   This community project will flourish as we partner to build a meaningful Jewish experience for our families.

Through our combined efforts we can create an environment of warmth, discovery, and learning.

Thank you and Welcome!

Devorah Kaplan