Calendar

Jan
27
Thu
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
Jan 27 @ 8:00 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 a Kingsbury psychologist (virtually) 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.

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Feb
3
Thu
Beyond the Bump
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BEYOND THE BUMP
6 Thursdays, February 3-March 10, 6:30–7:30 PM
The group will meet in person on the first and last week, and the other sessions will be on Zoom.
$110 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $92
Facilitated by Catherine Coogan, Ph.D.

Pregnant for the first time? Looking to create a community with other expecting moms to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  On the first and last weeks (February 3 and March 10), we will meet in person at the EDCJCC, and then we will meet virtually on Zoom for middle four weeks. We will explore several topics, including: concerns about childbirth and parenting; balancing family with work outside the home; navigating new relationships with your partner, parents, and in-laws; and recognizing post (and pre)-partum depression and anxiety.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space.

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Raising Anti-Racist Children (VIRTUAL)
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Raising Anti-Racist Children
2 Thursdays, February 3 and 10, 8:00 PM

Raising children to build a just world is a life-long process, as well as a difficult challenge for parents to navigate. Join us for a two-part series with expert educator Dr. Nabina Liebow, who will take us through the learning and practical steps necessary to raise anti-racist children and help us create a cohort of race conscious parents in our community.

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how white supremacy and white privilege affect all parts of our lives and how to bring these ideas into conversation and action in parenting. It is meant as a beginning to this work, rather than to be comprehensive or all-encompassing.

Although we understand that life is unpredictable, we request that you commit to both Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop in order to honor the learning process and receive the full benefit of this workshop. Attendance will be capped in order to create an intimate cohort of parents.

Part 1 (February 3, 8:00-9:30 PM): Discussing race and racism with your children is a vital part of antiracist and race conscious parenting. But some people might feel a little rusty on the basics! In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Liebow will give a “Crash Course in Racial Literacy” to provide an important framework and context for race conscious parenting. This session will go over the basics of anti-racist thought and ideology, as well as challenge participants to explore their own biases and thought processes before they are able to address these ideas with their children. By the end of this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of race, white supremacy, white privilege, and antiracism.

Part 2 (February 10, 8:00-9:30 PM): In the second part of the workshop, parents will learn strategies for helping their child develop an antiracist consciousness and how to apply concepts learned in the first session to raising their children.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center and Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility

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Feb
8
Tue
Modern Family Building: Exploring Egg Freezing
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join us for Part 1 of our three part series on Modern Family Building. During this Zoom discussion, we will explore the decision to freeze eggs for future fertility use. We’ll learn from a fertility doctor about what’s involved in the medical process, and also hear from people who have made the choice to do it. The program will consist of brief formal presentations from each of our panelists followed by lots of time for questions. Depending on attendee size, we will use breakout rooms for more intimate conversation. LGBTQ and straight, singles and couples, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed. Come prepared to ask questions, get support, and connect to other people looking to build a family.
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You can learn more about our other workshops in Modern Family Building Series below:
Part 2 (February 15): Creating A One Parent Family
Part 3 (February 22): Gestational Surrogacy 101

Co-presented by EntryPointDC, the 20s and 30s program, GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, and the Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Feb
15
Tue
Modern Family Building: Creating a One Parent Family
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join us for Part 2 of our three part series on Modern Family Building.During this Zoom discussion, we will hear from parents who have consciously chosen to create a one parent family. They will discuss how they went about building their family and share lessons learned as they have navigated the solo parenting process. The program will consist of brief formal presentations our panelists followed by lots of time for questions. Depending on attendee size, we will use breakout rooms for more intimate conversation. LGBTQ and straight, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed. Come prepared to ask questions, get support, and connect to other people looking to build a family.
Please note: This session will primarily focus on families built through sperm donation; if you are interested in learning about egg donation and gestational surrogacy, please join us for Part 3: Gestational Surrogacy 101 on February 22! 

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You can learn more about our other workshops in Modern Family Building Series below:
Part 1 (February 8): Exploring Egg Freezing
Part 3 (February 22): Gestational Surrogacy 101

Co-presented by EntryPointDC, the 20s and 30s program, GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, and the Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Feb
22
Tue
Modern Family Building: Gestational Surrogacy 101
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join us for Part 3 of our three part series on Modern Family Building.

During this Zoom discussion, we will explore what’s involved in building a family through gestational surrogacy. Our panel will include an attorney, a fertility doctor, and parents who have gone through the process. The program will consist of brief formal presentations from each of our panelists followed by lots of time for questions. Depending on attendee size, we will use breakout rooms for more intimate conversation. LGBTQ and straight, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed. Come prepared to ask questions, get support, and connect to other people looking to build a family.
REGISTER HERE

 

You can learn more about our other workshops in Modern Family Building Series below:
Part 1 (February 8): Exploring Egg Freezing
Part 2 (February 15): Creating a One Parent Family

Co-presented by EntryPointDC, the 20s and 30s program, GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, and the Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Feb
24
Thu
Parent Coffee: Finding a Nanny 101 (IN PERSON)
Feb 24 @ 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 and president 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 a lot of time talking through participants’ specific situations. Babies warmly welcomed!

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MASK AND VACCINATION POLICY: Effective September 1, all visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Additionally, mask wearing inside of the EDCJCC will also be always required by everyone, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Mar
1
Tue
VIRTUAL SERIES: Navigating Support Services for School-Aged Children in DC
Mar 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THREE TUESDAYS, MARCH 1, 8, and 15, 8:00-9:00 PM
FREE but registration is required
Led by Maria Blaeuer, Director of Programs and Outreach at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) and Lauren Siegel, Psy.D, Director of Clinical Services at the Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group

This interactive three-part series is for DC families of school-aged children (ages 4-12) who suspect that their child might benefit from learning and/or behavioral supports. We will discuss what rights you have in terms of accessing support, how to obtain an evaluation through both public and private channels, what the evaluation process actually looks like, how to understand the landscape of available educational and behavioral support structures, and how to use your evaluation results to acquire support services, including through the DC public school system.  Led by experts in the fields of neuropsychological assessments and education law and advocacy, each part of the series will include a formal presentation followed by lots of time for questions and discussion.

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Mar
23
Wed
Bedtime Without Battles (VIRTUAL)
Mar 23 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

BEDTIME WITHOUT BATTLES
Wednesday, March 23, 8:00 PM
Led by Claire Lerner

Bedtime and sleep habits are among the most fraught and vexing challenges for parents of toddlers. This workshop will address how to develop good sleep habits from the start, how to address typical challenges that arise, and how to set limits with love in order to ensure everyone in the family gets a good night’s sleep.

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Mar
31
Thu
Parent Coffee: Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns (IN PERSON)
Mar 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

GENTLE SLEEP SECRETS FOR NEWBORNS
March 31, 10:00 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!

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MASK AND VACCINATION POLICY: All visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination.  Additionally, mask wearing inside of the EDCJCC will also be always required by everyone, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.