J Zone Respite Program

The J ZONE’s mission is the gift of time.

We support children, their families and caregivers to keep them healthy, happy and strong. 

Respite Recreation Program

THE J-ZONE PROGRAM IS FUNDED in part by grants The Jewish Federation of Somerset, Hunterdon & Warren Counties.

Questions about the program or to schedule an intake interview? Contact our Special Services Director, Ellie Willoughby, 908-443-9029 or ewilloughby@ssbjcc.org

An intake interview must be completed prior to registration.


5-11 years of age
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (2 hours)


12-16 years of age
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (2 hours)

Save when you register for all 8 Sessions!

Dates: September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5

DISCOUNTED MEMBER FEE: $320 for 8 sessions
FEE: $360 for 8 sessions

Àla CARTE PRICING (must pre-register)
Discounted Member
Fee: $40/day  |  Fee: $45

1:1 support available for an additional fee. (Contact Andy Sun)

NOTE: Max per Zone will be 10 children.

(All payments are non-refundable)

Swim, Basketball, Play on the Outdoor Playground, Yoga, Board Games, Puzzles, Arts & Crafts, Baking, Movies and Outdoor Splash Pad and more.

Comfortable clothing, sneakers, swimsuit and a towel.

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

You will be contacted on the day of the program by 11:00 AM.


Return completed intake, enrollment, and consent forms to:

Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
Attn: Andy Sun
775 Talamini Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

For all questions, please contact Andy Sun at 908.443.9100 or email: asun@ssbjcc.org

What is our Respite Program?

The J Zone Respite Program provides 2 hours of recreational fun for children with Special Needs (ages 5-11) and (ages 12-16).  This program offers a well-deserved break to parents and caregivers from the daily challenges of childcare.

Supporting a child with Special Needs can be tremendously challenging for parents and caregivers. Often parents and caregivers of children with Special Needs go for long periods of time before they get any free time.  At J Zone, we give parents and caregivers the time to take a needed break to have some fun, go out to eat, run errands, have some alone time or just get some needed rest.

The time spent at J Zone will allow the child, their family and/or caregivers to return home recharged after everyone has had time away from their day to day routine and challenges.

J Zone will offer your child the opportunity for socialization, arts and crafts, a variety of games, sensory activities, playing in the gym or pool and much more. At J Zone, your child can expect to enjoy fun-filled activities, form new friendships and have peer interaction in a well supervised and structured environment.

What type staff support will be provided?

The JCC J Zone staff members are trained in CPR/First Aid and all required specialized training. All of our staff must complete a background check and all required specialized training before they are allowed to work in the program. We will also have volunteers who complete the background check and an orientation.

How are behaviors handled?

When behaviors do occur we utilize positive behavior supports or a sensory/quiet room.

The intake process?

During the intake process, a detailed profile will be created for your child and we will utilize that information to address their needs and care while at the J Zone.

What types of special needs do the children have?

The children in the J Zone program have a wide range of Special Needs, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Emotional Disturbance, Cerebral Palsy, Asperger’s Syndrome just to name a few.  Each child in our program is unique and different, and they are still a child who loves to play and have fun.