Discover at the JCC: Total Wellness

About Discover: CATCH

As part of its focus on families with young children, Discover @ JCC, our total wellness initiative, sent three senior staff members to Iowa for a master trainers’ course in CATCH, Coordinated Approach to Child Health. Created at the University of California, the CATCH program has been successfully teaching elementary-school children about the importance of exercise and good nutrition for a while.

CATCH Early Childhood (CEC) is designed to nurture a love of physical activity, provide an introduction to classroom-based gardening and nutrition, and encourage healthy eating in children ages 3-5. Modeled after the nationally recognized CATCH Program, CEC provides an environment where physical activity, health education, gardening and healthy eating behaviors are valued and taught. Little ones are motivated to walk, run, jump, dance and move their whole bodies while playing and having fun!

The CATCH Early Childhood program is unique because the classroom curriculum includes stories with puppets and activities that really resonate with 3, 4 and 5 year old children. Lessons share important nutrition concepts and are crafted so that they can be used in any preschool learning center. Children have fun as they learn about healthy eating; and the PE activities, which come with music, keep kids and teachers moving and singing.

Our DISCOVER: CATCH Early Childhood trainers have already trained JCC staff to implement CATCH Early Childhood activities at 19 JCCs. For information about DISCOVER: CATCH Early Childhood, contact Steve Becker at

JCC Discover CATCH cohorts

Early Childhood Pilot Sites

Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center, Milwaukee, WI
Jerry Shaw Jewish Community Center, Akron, OH
Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston
Jewish Community Center of Austin, TX
Mandell Jewish Community Center, West Hartford, CT
Siegel Jewish Community Center, Wilmington, DE

Florida Blue Foundation- Promising Practices Grant

JCC Discover CATCH: Early Childhood Florida Sites

David Posnack Jewish Community Center, Davie, FL
Jewish Community Alliance of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, North Miami Beach, FL
JCC at Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus, Orlando, FL
Mandel JCC of the Palm Beaches, FL

JCC Discover CATCH: Early Childhood Columbus Cohort

Indianapolis Jewish Community Center, Indianapolis, IN
Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tucson, AZ
Jewish Community Center of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Mandel Jewish Community Center, Cleveland, OH
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Columbus, OH
Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Foster City, CA

JCC Discover CATCH: Early Childhood Boca Raton Cohort

Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Boca Raton, FL
Sandra and Leon Levine Jewish Community Center, Charlotte, NC
Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach, CA
Memphis Jewish Community Center, Memphis, TN
Levite Jewish Community Center, Birmingham, AL

JCC Discover CATCH: Early Childhood Bridgewater Cohort

Betty & Milton Katz Jewish Community Center, Cherry Hill, NJ
Jewish Community Center of Allentown, Allentown, PA
JCC MetroWest, West Orange, NJ
Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
Shimon & Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, Bridgewater, NJ
Stamford Jewish Community Center, Stamford, CT
Jewish Community Center of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, NJ
Kaplen Jewish Community Center, Tenafly, NJ

JCC Discover CATCH: Early Childhood Dallas Cohort

Aaron Family JCC of Dallas, Dallas, TX
Alliance JCC, Providence, RI
Barshop JCC of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Houston, TX
I.J. & Jeanne Wagner JCC, Salt Lake City, UT
Jewish Community Center of Austin, Austin, TX
Levite JCC, Birmingham, AL
Tampa JCC, Tampa, FL

JCC Discover CATCH: Early Childhood Mid-Westchester Cohort

Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC, Oceanside, NY
Barry & Florence Friedberg JCC: Long Beach Division, Long Beach, NY
JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, NJ
JCC of Mid-Westchester, Scarsdale, NY
JCC of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY
JCC Rockland, West Nyack, NY
Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester, Pleasantville, NY
Sid Jacobson JCC, East Hills, NY
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, New York, NY

Cohort 8

Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley, Los Gatos, CA
Galbut Family Miami Beach JCC, Miami Beach, FL
Gordon JCC, Nashville, TN
JCC of Greater Kansas City, Overland Park, KS
Marcus JCC of Atlanta, Dunwoody, GA
New Orleans JCC, New Orleans, LA
Rose and Max Rady JCC, Winnipeg, MB
Zaban Park, Dunwoody, GA

Cohort 9

JCC of Greater Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI
JCC of Greater Rochester, Rochester, NY
JCC of Metropolitan Detroit, West Bloomfield, MI
Miles Nadal JCC, Toronto, ON
Prosserman JCC, Toronto, ON
Robert E. Loup JCC, Denver, CO
Schwartz/Reisman Centre, Vaughan, ON

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