Parenting Center

Parenting Center

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.

Upcoming Workshops for parents and parents-to-be

Jun
2
Tue
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Building a Parent Community in Quarantine
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

As if preparing to become a parent wasn’t stressful enough, pandemic precautions bring new uncertainties and require creative thinking around how to build community and get support. Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth & I and Miriam Szubin, Director of the EDCJCC Parenting Center, invite you to a wide-ranging workshop for brand-new parents and parents-to-be, touching on subjects like reconfigured relationships, managing uncertainty, Jewish life cycle rituals, and creating virtual and socially distanced support networks. Study Jewish texts and be in community with people who have some of the same questions, even if we don’t have all the answers.

This event is presented in partnership with Sixth & I

Jun
4
Thu
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Parenting in the Age of Coronavirus (Still!)
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s been over two months since we began parenting in the changed landscape of an unprecedented global pandemic.  Working from home while providing childcare, managing our own anxieties while trying to project calm, not knowing when  or if things will return to normal  . . . . all of this is really hard.  Join psychotherapist and mom Meira Ellias via ZOOM for a discussion about parenting struggles, particularly managing your and your children’s anxieties, in this time of social distancing.

More information about Meira and her work can be found at www.dctherapeuticservices.com.

Jun
9
Tue
VIRTUAL: Taking Your Own Newborn Photos — Learning from a Pro
Jun 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Just because a professional photographer can’t visit your home at this time, doesn’t mean you can’t learn to capture beautiful, natural light portraits of your newborn in your own home using your phone or camera. Join us online for the company of other new parents and a relaxed conversation about to take your own newborn photos. Kimberly Goldwein, newborn and family photographer of Kimberly Goldwein Photography, will walk you through the basics of newborn portrait photography, and then assist you virtually in taking photos of your newborns. Q&A is encouraged!

Jun
18
Thu
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Estate Planning 101 for New Families and Couples
Jun 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

These days, so much is out of our control. In the midst of this pandemic, there is no better time to educate yourself about estate planning for you and your loved ones. Taught by Andrew Friedman, an estate planning attorney and first-time father-to-be, this hour-long virtual meeting will cover the basics of estate planning, what documents you need (wills, trusts, powers of attorney), how to protect your family in case of unforeseen circumstances, and how you can execute your Will and estate planning documents while practicing “social distancing.” Bring your questions!

The Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC has been my hub for everything kid-related from early pregnancy to post-delivery and now into the toddler years. In a transient city like DC, the EDCJCC plays a crucial role in fostering a sense of community among new parents. The people I met in my Beyond the Bump group and in classes such as Musical Infants, are some of my closest friends today. I love that our kids have been playing together from the very beginning and some of them are now entering preschool together. The resources the Parenting Center offers are phenomenal -- offering a supportive environment and much needed advice, holding helpful workshops for navigating parenting challenges, and providing engaging activities for infants and toddlers. I feel incredibly fortunate to have benefited from all that the EDCJCC has to offer!
Shannon, mom to a 4 year old