Children & Families

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Creativity. Community. Connection.

The Edlavitch DCJCC is a warm and vibrant place for families of all types, colors, orientations, abilities, and religions. Grow with us in the Parenting Center, stay with us for Preschool, and then join our fun and exciting Camp and After School Programs.

Upcoming Events

Jan
23
Sun
NESTED Childbirth Education Boot Camp (IN PERSON)
Jan 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nested’s In-Person Childbirth Education (CBE) Boot Camp is a comprehensive class that will prepare you for your journey through labor, delivery, and the postpartum period!

In this class we will:

  • Review common third trimester issues and what to expect at your 36-week visit
  • Learn about the signs of labor, when to call your obstetrician, and what should be on your hospital bag packing list
  • Discuss each stage of labor and what can help alleviate and relax the mom, including options for pain management and potential interventions during the labor process
  • See what the hospital process will look like and what to expect from your healthcare team
  • Discuss the “typical” childbirth scenario  as well as how to prepare for the unexpected, including inductions, assisted vaginal births and c-sections.
  • Learn from experienced labor doulas as they demonstrate specialized comfort techniques to help with labor pain
  • Learn and practice tips, tricks and techniques for Prenatal Wellness: Pelvic Floor Health, Ergonomics & Exercises from a physical therapist

At Nested we know the importance of optimizing the physical and mental health of both parents during pregnancy and the postpartum period. With coping strategies, empowerment, education on diet & exercise and community resources, parents will leave feeling prepared for the doctor’s office, the delivery room and the trip back home.

We recommend taking this class on the earlier side of your pregnancy (24-39 weeks).

Note: 1 registration ticket allows for up to 2 people (1 ticket = 2 people) to attend the class and access the course resources.

 

 

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.

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Jan
29
Sat
Pajama Havdalah
Jan 29 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This is a pajama party to say goodbye to Shabbat and hello to a great new week. Families will participate in the traditional Havdalah candle lighting, munch down on some tasty treats, and have a great time doing an art project and participate in bed time meditations. Don’t forget to wear your Pajamas.

This event is best for kids 5 – 8 years old and only open to those that are full vaccinated.
This event will take place INSIDE the EDCJCC.

Effective September 1, all visitors over the age of 12 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. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Jan
30
Sun
Growing Grasshoppers
Jan 30 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am

Is your little one on the move and no longer content to just sit on your lap and play? We are looking for some grasshoppers who like to wiggle, jiggle, and move! Join our J-Family Ambassadors Tracy and Shoshana to get those wiggles out with music, stories, dancing, and more! A great way to spend your morning and meet other families for some FUN!

Preregistration is required – https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtfumpqDkrGdzGNt8LloMLZDIG8dCl-nTD

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC and Bender JCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

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.

REGISTER FOR THIS GROUP

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

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP