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, people of all colors and abilities — 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

Jan
21
Thu
Second Thoughts: Adjusting to Baby #2 (SOLD OUT)
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This group is currently full. Please email Miriam at mszubin@edcjcc.org to get on the waitlist or check out the group running in March or the one running in May.  

3 Thursdays: January 21, January 28, and February 4
8:00-9:00 PM
$36 for the three-week session
Facilitated by Taylor Lerner, Psy.D

Are you expecting baby #2? Looking to create a community with other second time parents to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly via Zoom for three weeks to provide a safe space for second time parents-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another. We will explore several topics, including: managing your big kid’s (big!) feelings before, during, and after welcoming the new baby; kid-care and self-care with two; navigating new relationships and new roles; and the complicating factors of Covid-19. The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space, and also so that in-person outdoor meet-ups can be organized safely if the group wants.

Jan
26
Tue
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Siblings Without Squabbles
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

It’s a fact of family life that each child is driven to define their individuality and worth within the family system, and that this drive leaves to conflict. This workshop will help parents understand the roots of sibling rivalry and offer approaches to helping siblings ultimately work through the inevitable challenges they encounter in forging their lifelong relationship. It will also address typical challenges of managing multiple children.

Feb
3
Wed
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Navigating Early Intervention in DC: How the Strong Start and Early Stages Programs Support Families
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

NAVIGATING EARLY INTERVENTION IN DC: HOW THE STRONG START AND EARLY STAGES PROGRAMS SUPPORT FAMILIES
FREE but registration is required
Led by Maria Blaeuer, Director of Programs and Outreach at Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE), DC’s federally designated Parent Training and Information Center

This workshop is for DC families of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are concerned about their child’s development or who suspect that their child may benefit from early intervention services. We will discuss when and how to reach out to DC’s Strong Start or Early Stages programs; what to expect when you contact them and who is eligible for services; what to do if you don’t agree with the approach/intervention offered by them; and where to find additional resources.

ABOUT AJE – Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE) is the federally designated Parent Training & Information Center for Washington D.C. AJE’s mission is to empower families, youth, and the community to be effective advocates to ensure that children and youth, particularly those who have special needs, receive access to appropriate education and health services. Read more at https://www.aje-dc.org/

Feb
18
Thu
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Managing Household Finances
Feb 18 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

MANAGING HOUSEHOLD FINANCES 
Led by Lori Atwood, CFP, and 
Kimberly Weihbrecht, of Atwood Financial Planning, LLC

In these tumultuous times, it’s more important than ever to protect your financial health in order to protect your family.  Join us in a workshop discussing how to make sure your personal finances are protected through this period and what to do if there is a sudden shock to your finances. We will cover the five steps to knowing if you’re financially “okay,” discuss how to fix aspects of your finances that are not increasing your financial wellbeing, and give you strategies for how to handle financial shocks.

About Atwood Financial Planning, LLC
Atwood Financial’s team of experts provides financial planning by the hour with no conflicts, no commissions, no sales and no commitments. Read more at https://www.atwoodfinancial.com/.

Mar
4
Thu
Second Thoughts: Adjusting to Baby #2
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

3 Thursdays: March 4, March 11, and March 18
8:00-9:00 PM
$62 for the three-week session
Facilitated by Taylor Lerner, Psy.D

Are you expecting baby #2? Looking to create a community with other second time parents to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly via Zoom for three weeks to provide a safe space for second time parents-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another. We will explore several topics, including: managing your big kid’s (big!) feelings before, during, and after welcoming the new baby; kid-care and self-care with two; navigating new relationships and new roles; and the complicating factors of Covid-19. The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space, and also so that in-person outdoor meet-ups can be organized safely if the group wants.

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