Parent Coffee: Finding a Nanny 101
Jan 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about finding the right kind of childcare for your family.  Sarah Marks, founder of Nannies by Sarah, will discuss the pros and cons of different childcare options and the benefits of hiring a nanny, and will share strategies for hiring a nanny that meets your family’s needs.  Bring your questions – we’ll spend most of our time talking through participants’ specific situations.  Babies warmly welcomed!

Negotiating Parental Leave
Feb 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

How much time you’ll be out and how much of that time will be paid are big considerations as parents prepare for parental leave—and they’re often negotiable. Join Randi Braun, coach, speaker, and Founder of Something Major for a workshop on how to negotiate for the parental leave you want, whether you’ve been with your company for 5 years or are 5 months pregnant and looking for a new job.

Nourishing Your Child From The Inside Out: Tip for Helping Your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship With Food and Body Image
Feb 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

At a surprisingly young age, children internalize messages from our culture and from their families about body image.  This workshop will focus on steps that parents can take from the beginning to help children and families develop healthy relationships to food and body image, avoid power struggles around food, address picky eating and enhance self-esteem.  Participants will leave with concrete strategies and suggestions for raising healthy and confident children. Facilitated by Alisa Schwartz, PhD and Rachel Engelhart, RD, LPC.

NESTED Newborn Care Boot Camp
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nested’s Newborn Care Boot Camp is a comprehensive class that will prepare you for the moment your baby is born through the first few anxiety-provoking months. We take you on a journey from the day of discharge through your newborn’s first few months at home.

Our emphasis is setting your family up for a smooth transition, promoting a healthy baby, parents and supporting community.

  • Review normal newborn appearance and hospital discharge logistics
  • Learn signs of newborn illness and when to call your pediatrician
  • Our clinical instructors will demonstrate swaddling, soothing techniques, bathing and changing diapers
  • Parents will learn choking prevention tactics and infant CPR and demonstrate how to resuscitate a specialized CPR non responsive dolls
  • Clients will have access to physical therapy videos to address proper ergonomics to prevent musculoskeletal  injury new parents face
  • This class also incorporates the new challenges of a growing family in terms of boundaries with work and family

Ultimately, clients will be armed with a toolkit to strengthen the physical and emotional health of the entire family. This is a perfect class for biological, adoptive or foster parents, friends, caregivers, nannies and grandparents.

Parent Coffee: Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about your baby’s sleep.  Gentle sleep coach Jessica Dodson of Starlight Sleep Coaching will discuss how sleep develops during infancy, why it can be so difficult and what you can do to make it easier for both you and your baby. Learn gentle steps you can take to help shape your child’s sleep from their earliest months and how to avoid common pitfalls that can lead to restless nights. Bring your questions – we’ll spend most of our time talking through participants’ specific situations.   Babies warmly welcomed!

The Other Kind of Smart: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
Mar 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Emotional Intelligence is essential for academic and life success, perhaps even more so than cognitive ability.  This involves awareness and understanding of one’s own feelings, skills to manage strong emotions, and the ability to relate to the emotions of others. Join two Kingsbury psychologists to learn how parents can coach their children through the turbulent world of childhood emotions to develop stronger emotional awareness, greater self-control, and closer connections with others.

Parent Coffee: Returning to Work . . . Or Not
Mar 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about returning to work . . . or not.  Randi Braun, coach, speaker, and Founder of Something Major will walk through how to prepare for this transition, what questions to think through, and strategies for self care as a working mother. Randi is a thought leader whose insights on working motherhood have been featured in The Washington Post and Parents Magazine.  Q&A is heavily encouraged so please come with your questions to this judgement-free conversation. Babies warmly welcomed!

Raising Tough Targets: What Parents Can Do to Keep Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse
Apr 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Sexual abuse and prevention is an uncomfortable subject. Unfortunately, it’s also something we parents have to think about, as we constantly entrust the safety of our kids to schools, camp, religious institutions, sports, babysitters, and other care settings. How can you know whether your child is in an environment that takes sexual abuse prevention seriously? What are the key questions to ask and red flags to look for, and how do you feel confident raising this issue in the first place? What can you do to teach your child to identify risks and speak up with their concerns? How do you make your child a “tough target”?

Join Meira Ellias, a mom, Clinical Social Worker, and Psychotherapist with deep experience in sexual abuse trauma and prevention, for a candid workshop with the goal of empowering parents with education and real-life tools to handle these difficult issues.


Parent Coffee: Taking Your Own Newborn Photos — Learning from a Pro
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about how to take your own newborn photos using your phone or camera. Kimberly Goldwein, newborn and family photographer of Kimberly Goldwein Photography, will walk you through the basics of taking beautiful, natural light portraits of your newborn and assist you in taking practice shots of your own baby using your phone or camera. Babies and phones/cameras are warmly welcome but not required to attend this session.

Pathways to Parenthood
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive?

Join us for an informal discussion about different paths to family building. Our panel will include a fetility doctor, representatives from an adoption agency and the DC foster care system, a lawyer who facilitates egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and parents who have built families in a variety of ways.

After the panel, there will be time for informal connecting and community building.

LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed.  Come prepared to ask questions — and plug in for support.

Co-presented by the EDCJCC’s Parenting Center & GLOE – the EDCJCC’s Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement