The Parenting Center provides families with the support, guidance, and enrichment needed to raise young children in the city. LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish, biological and adoptive — all families are warmly welcomed. Classes and programs are designed to meet the developmental and social needs of infants and toddlers (newborns through age 4), to create meaningful bonding experiences for caregivers, and to provide practical skills and solutions, advice, and community-building opportunities for parents and parents-to-be.
We offer a wide variety of Sunday and weekday classes for children ages 0-4 and their caregivers, as well as workshops for parents, parents-to-be, and folks who want to be parents.
Child and Caregiver Classes
Classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Music, dance, gymnastics, yoga, art, Baby Sign Language, Getting Ready for Preschool and more!
Workshops providing parents-to-be, parents, and caregivers with practical skills and solutions, advice, and community-building opportunities.
Programs and resources to help people on the path to parenthood find information, connections, and community.
Upcoming Workshops for parents and parents-to-be
The Other Kind of Smart: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
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.
“You need to eat four more pieces!” . . . “Bedtime NOW” . . . “NO! I do it!” Power struggles are maddening for parents, and, it turns out, not good for children either. Putting these struggles in a developmental context, this workshop will provide strategies for how to encourage your child’s growing need to assert independence while still maintaining your control and authority. Struggles around mealtime, potty training, cooperation and others will be addressed. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.
Presented in partnership with Mary’s Center
Mary’s Center is dedicated to your overall wellness – including your body, mind, and spirit. Our comprehensive health care services include medical, dental, and behavioral health for all ages and income levels. Recently named a 2018 Health Center Quality Leader by HRSA, we are honored to be recognized among the top performing community health centers in the U.S. We owe this success to our Social Change Model which links health care to community-based support services while helping family members reach their education goals. To learn more about Mary’s Center visit www.maryscenter.org or call (844) 796-2797.
News About Our Renovation
The Edlavitch DCJCC is undergoing a major renovation of our building, beginning in the fall of 2018, with completion by September of 2019. The renovation will enhance the Center as a whole and will bring some very exciting changes and improvements to our early childhood programs. During the renovation period, our entire building will be closed. While our programming calendar will be more limited than usual, we will be running some child-and-caregiver classes on weekday mornings at the Foundry Church across the street, at the corner of 16th and P, and we will be offering a few parent workshops and in other locations around the neighborhood. We look forward to bringing back our robust slate of classes and programs when we are back in the building.
You May Also Be Interested In:
- Family Programs
- Swim Classes (on hiatus during the renovations)
- Following EDCJCC Families on Facebook
If you have any questions about our classes and programs, please contact the Director of our Parenting Center, Miriam Szubin.