Chai 5 After-School

An after-school adventure with peers that allows for exploration in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment!

The Pozez JCC provides children enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade the opportunity to attend Chai 5… a five day a week program where children grow, develop, and connect with their peers. Each afternoon features fun, structured activities led by our staff. The program is designed to be a supportive environment for kids with age-appropriate programming for all.

Chai 5 operates at the Pozez JCC after school five days a week until 6pm.

Transportation or pick-up is provided from Mantua, Canterbury Woods, and Wakefield Forest Elementary Schools. Students in all elementary schools in the area are welcome to attend Chai 5 by providing their own transportation.

On Mondays and Fridays, Chai 5 participants have the opportunity to go swimming in our 25-meter, heated, indoor pool. Tuesdays–Thursdays activities, planned and led by our staff, are a range of options including sports, art, and more!

No school? No problem! Check out Chai 5 Vacation Days.


How Chai 5-ers get to the J

Children come to the Pozez JCC directly from school.
- Mantua Elementary School provides transportation to the Pozez JCC.
- For children attending Chai 5 from Wakefield Forest and/or Canterbury Woods elementary schools, a limited number of spaces are available via our Chai 5 shuttle at an additional cost. For information on pick-up from Wakefield Forest ES & and Canterbury Woods ES, contact

Please contact your child’s school to make any necessary bus and/or pick up arrangements.

CHAI 5 participants dismiss from the program every afternoon between 5:45pm–6pm by carpool. CHAI 5 staff escort the kids to the pickup area.

If children need to be picked-up before 5:45pm, please email or call the School-Age Services office to arrange an earlier pick up (703.537.3092). Please note, by picking a child up early from the program, their ability to participate in the focused activities portion of CHAI 5 cannot be guaranteed.

Each car should have the carpool card face-up on the right-hand side of the dashboard for easy visibility.

Only people noted on the child’s authorized pick-up list will be permitted to pick up the child. Photo ID may be requested until staff become familiar with regular pick-up members.

If a child uses a car seat, it is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver in the vehicle to buckle them in.

CHAI 5 ends at 6pm, all families must be in the pick-up line by that time. Any child not picked up by 6pm will wait in the lobby with a staff member and the parent/guardian will be called. If the responsible adult is late retrieving a child from the CHAI 5 program, the following policies apply:

A one-time grace period is allowed per family (if the arrival time is less than 5 minutes late); a late fee is assessed for all subsequent late arrivals as follows:

First late arrival under 5 minutes - Warning
Late Arrivals: $1.00/minute for the first 3 times

Additional Late Arrivals: $2.00/minute over 3 times

CHAI 5 runs 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. Registration is for all five days.

Pozez JCC J-Family Household Membership is required for all participants.
Space in our CHAI 5 program is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please log into your Pozez J Community site

If you have not set up an account before, please click create an account using the email that you currently receive communication from the Pozez JCC. (Please note that each person must have a unique email and emails cannot be used for parents and children)

If you are brand new, please create an account and fill out all information.
To watch a video of how to create and account click here
If you have any issues or encounter any issues, contact

Once you are in your account, click Browse Registrations

Click on Chai 5 from the list of Programs at the left
Click on Chai 5 23/24

Then choose options and choose the option that relates to the school your child will attend for the 23/24 school year.
Please fill out all information and sign all contracts

At payment screen you will need to make a payment for the registration fee and deposit as well as “Set up Payment Method” for monthly billing

If you want to pay for the year in full, you can do so by choosing “Pay Future Due”
After you register you will receive a confirmation and next steps.

We are excited to inform you that most forms will be online for you to fill out. They will be located on your community home page when you register.

Monthly Fee per Child: $525

Sibling Discount
A 5% tuition discount is applied to siblings of the enrolled participant in either the CHAI 5 after-school program or Pozez JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC). Discount will be applied once full registration and deposit is received

Monthly Bus Fee:

*Children attending schools that require JCC transportation are charged the monthly transportation fee. FCPS provides their own transportation from Mantua and Gesher, thus no transportation fee is assessed.