Wonders Extended Day at CESJDS

Wonders’ CESJDS Extended Day Program is the after school program for the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD and serves children in Junior K through Grade 5.

We offer flexible enrollment options and provide after school care until 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday with a varied schedule on Fridays in observance of Shabbat. Full day programs are offered on most days when school is closed and half day programs on early dismissal days. Extended Day teachers and children enjoy afternoons of indoor and outdoor active games that allow them to develop skills and practice teamwork, making music together and experimenting with art and science. Time is set aside each day for homework and a healthy kosher snack.

Wonders Extended Day at CESJDS Curriculum

The primary goal in our school age program is to create communities for children and their families that are fun, nurturing and enriching. Children are active learners. Wonders provides an environment where children can safely grow through self-guided and structured play. In addition to fostering imagination, play challenges children to expand social, emotional and intellectual tools. School age teachers carefully plan the program to balance homework with exercise and promote healthy eating habits.

Wonders’ after school program curriculum is built around the concepts of friendship and being a good sport. Activities are designed to create opportunities for all children to explore and experience in ways that are meaningful to them. Activities incorporate seven learning areas: language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, personal and social development, physical development and the arts. The afternoon is a blend of child initiated and teacher initiated activities including outdoor play, afternoon snack, group time, choice times, homework and reading time.

On days when schools have scheduled early dismissal or are closed, we provide a half or full day program. These longer days give us the opportunity to enhance our programming by planning special events, inviting specialists in to share their expertise or exploring the larger community on field trips.

Wonders believes in programming that offers an array of opportunities and resources to children and families. In addition to our engaging curriculum, a variety of valuable services are included in our monthly tuition, including:

  • field trips
  • full and half day programming when school is closed
  • intramural sports
  • clubs
  • supervised homework time
  • family fun events
  • parent workshops
  • consultation and support from Child Development Consultants, Inc.
  • daily healthy kosher snacks

This inclusive philosophy ensures that all enrolled children can participate in the activities we offer.


Wonders Extended Day at CESJDS Financial Assistance

Wonders proudly offers a financial assistance program that annually provides approximately $390,000 in tuition assistance. The Wonders Financial Assistance Fund is fundamental to who we are as a nonprofit organization and our community.

Our programs are funded through tuition and fundraising activities. We recognize that families have many choices in early childhood and school age programming and that child care tuition and fees are a significant portion of a family budget. We ensure the strength of Wonders by prioritizing our goals for quality programming and mindful fiscal management. We are committed to making our programs accessible to qualified families through our Financial Assistance Program and we accept Child Care Subsidy Vouchers from various organizations including Maryland State Department of Education Subsidy Program, the GSA Army Fee Assistance Child Care Subsidy Program, the FEEA Child Care Subsidy Program and the Montgomery Working Parents Assistance Program. For more details or to apply click here.


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Sibling Discount

This discount applies to families with two or more children enrolled in Wonders Extended Day at CESJDS.

There will be a $50 discount per month off total tuition.

*Sibling discount applied after completed registration.

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