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

Jul
18
Thu
Parenting Without Power Struggles
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

“You need to eat four more pieces!” . . . “Bedtime NOW” . . .  “NO!  I do it!”  Power struggles are maddening for parents, and 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.

Sep
19
Thu
Growing Your Career While Growing Your Family
Sep 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Balancing your career and family goals can get really tricky really quickly and here’s why: working parents will experience 1, 2, or maybe even 3 “inflection points” in their career (like a cross-country move for a “dream job,” coming up for a major promotion, or going back to school) in the 15 years after they graduate from college, which is also the exact same timeframe in which they have 1, 2, or maybe even 3 kids.  Join Randi Braun, Founder of Something Major Coaching, for a workshop exploring how to navigate these simultaneous career and family transitions.  Topics will include setting goals (as well as tactics to achieve them), discussing your career path with internal and external stakeholders, strategies for attaining your next promotion or career milestone while expecting, “trying,” navigating fertility challenges, or managing life with small children,  and tactical tips for managing time, stress, and care (both selfcare and childcare) while pursuing your goals.

Sep
22
Sun
NESTED Childbirth Education Boot Camp
Sep 22 @ 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.

Participants will leave feeling prepared for the doctor’s office, the delivery room, and for adjusting to the new family dynamic.

Oct
27
Sun
NESTED Childbirth Education Boot Camp
Oct 27 @ 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.

Participants will leave feeling prepared for the doctor’s office, the delivery room, and for adjusting to the new family dynamic.

Oct
28
Mon
Before Baby: Beyond the Bump
Oct 28 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

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 discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  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.  Facilitated by Heather Diamond, Psy.D.

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