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

Nov
13
Wed
Adoption: Starting the Process
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Co-presented by GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement
Please join us for an informal discussion about various paths to adopting a child.  Hear from an adoption lawyer, from representatives from an adoption agency and from the foster care system, and from parents who have gone through it successfully.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed.  Come with questions!

Nov
17
Sun
NESTED Childbirth Education Boot Camp
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nested’s Childbirth Education Boot Camp is a class that will prepare you for your journey through labor, delivery, and the postpartum period!

  • Review common third trimester issues and what to expect at your 36-week visit
  • Learn about signs and symptoms of labor and delivery and when to call your obstetrician, doula or midwife
  • See what the hospital process will look like and what to expect from your healthcare team
  • Discuss options for pain management and potential interventions during the labor process
  • Let our teachers walk you through the “typical” childbirth scenario but also prepare for the unexpected, including inductions, assisted vaginal births and c-sections.
  • Experienced labor doulas demonstrate specialized comfort and breathing techniques for mom and partner to practice and help with pregnancy and labor pain

Nested’s mission is to prepare new parents for the doctor’s office, the delivery room and the adjustment to parenthood.

Dec
11
Wed
Talking to Children About Sex and Their Bodies: The Why and the How
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for a candid workshop about the importance of early sexual health education as an issue of safety and as a path to later healthy relationships. Clinical social worker (and mom) Melissa Kilbride will provide simple ways to have conversations with your kids about these topics without shame and discomfort. Walk out the door an “askable parent,” ready to tackle these issues with your children.

Dec
15
Sun
NESTED Childbirth Education Boot Camp
Dec 15 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Nested’s Childbirth Education Boot Camp is a class that will prepare you for your journey through labor, delivery, and the postpartum period!

  • Review common third trimester issues and what to expect at your 36-week visit
  • Learn about signs and symptoms of labor and delivery and when to call your obstetrician, doula or midwife
  • See what the hospital process will look like and what to expect from your healthcare team
  • Discuss options for pain management and potential interventions during the labor process
  • Let our teachers walk you through the “typical” childbirth scenario but also prepare for the unexpected, including inductions, assisted vaginal births and c-sections.
  • Experienced labor doulas demonstrate specialized comfort and breathing techniques for mom and partner to practice and help with pregnancy and labor pain

Nested’s mission is to prepare new parents for the doctor’s office, the delivery room and the adjustment to parenthood.

Jan
12
Sun
NESTED Newborn Care Boot Camp
Jan 12 @ 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.

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