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, to provide Jewish family engagement opportunities, 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, Jewish family engagement programs, and workshops for parents, parents-to-be, and folks who want to be parents.

Upcoming Workshops

Sep
6
Mon
High Holidays Scavenger Hunt
Sep 6 – Sep 30 all-day

Event dates September 6-30, Register by September 5
Most enjoyed by ages 3+ (fun for the whole family!)

When you go on the JCC’s community-wide virtual scavenger hunt you are sure to have fun! From Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) to Simchat Torah (celebrating the Torah) we have it covered. If you choose to accept this challenge, you will be given a list of missions (things you may find at home, in your neighborhood, in your community or online) to complete using the free online app called Goose Chase.

Our Chase will run from September 6th to September 30th. Sign up by September 5th to reserve your spot!


During a Goose Chase scavenger hunt, you will be asked to complete missions that range from taking pictures to answering questions. All ages can participate in the hunt and the best way to win is through teamwork. The hunt is creative, interactive and fun. Think of it as a crazy game show and YOU are the contestant! The hunt will take you approximately 2 hours but you don’t have to do it all in one day. Leading up to the event, you will receive an email with a link to the app and instructions on playing.

To Register: https://forms.gle/jY25Pu49yrRnddjA9

Hosted by the Bender JCCGW, Edlavitch DCJCC, Pozez JCC of Northern VA, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Sep
24
Fri
Family Shabbat in the Lot
Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for Shabbat in the Lot of the EDCJCC.

To start the night we will have a lively 30-minute Shabbat song session which is geared toward children under six years old and their parents, grandparents, or caregivers. Together we sing, dance, and enjoy a story. (Free)

Following Shabbat songs stay for a picnic dinner. Enjoy celebrating shabbat and making new friends. We will have candles, grape juice and wine, challah, and dessert. Each family will need to bring blanket/chairs and their own dinner. We will also have Magician Drew Blue Shoes on site entertaining us all!  ! (FEE: $18.00 per family)

Registration is required to attend.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Effective September 1, all visitors over the age of 12 entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Sep
26
Sun
Family Sukkot Festival
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us in the EDCJCC’s sukkah for a fun morning of stories, crafts and snacks!

Fee: $18.00 per family

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC and funded by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The United Jewish Endowment Fund.

Effective September 1, all visitors over the age of 12 entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.

Oct
1
Fri
Yoga for Tots Fall Session Begins (IN PERSON)
Oct 1 @ 10:10 am – 11:40 am

YOGA FOR TOTS

FOR 21 MONTHS THROUGH 4 YEARS: Fridays, 10:10-10:50
FOR CRAWLERS AND WALKERS UP TO 24 MONTHS: Fridays, 11:00-11:40
FALL SESSION: 10 Fridays, Oct 1-Dec 10 (no class Nov 26)
Make-up date if needed by the teacher: Dec 17
Price Per Session: $252; EDCJCC Member Rate $202
Teacher: Teacher: Kéthia Clairvoyant

Yoga for Tots combines unique toddler-friendly yoga poses with songs, stories, and games to create an enriching caregiver/child activity. Each class is personalized around your child’s curiosities as they learn yoga through social interaction, repetition, and play.  In these sessions, toddlers and preschoolers learn how to relieve frustration, improve motor skills, and increase attention span by actively following directions. Help your tot build the foundation for a healthy and fit lifestyle while having fun!

MASK AND VACCINATION POLICY: Effective September 1, all visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Additionally, mask wearing inside of the EDCJCC will also be always required by everyone, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.
Yoga for Babies Fall Session Begins (IN PERSON)
Oct 1 @ 11:50 am – 12:30 pm

YOGA FOR BABIES

FOR 8 WEEKS TO ALMOST CRAWLING: Fridays, 11:50-12:30
FALL SESSION: 10 Fridays, Oct 1-Dec 10 (no class Nov 26)
Make-up date if needed by the teacher: Dec 17
Price Per Session: $252; EDCJCC Member Rate $202
Teacher: Teacher: Kéthia Clairvoyant

Yoga for Babies contains dozens of unique yoga postures designed to support baby’s development. Each week is filled with calming, nurturing ways to enhance bonding and improve baby’s sleep. Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For caregivers, this is a special opportunity to meet other caregivers, get support, and learn about baby’s emerging personality. Most of the yoga is for baby, but you will also learn breathing and relaxation techniques as you practice a bit of yoga yourself. No yoga experience necessary.

MASK AND VACCINATION POLICY: Effective September 1, all visitors entering the EDCJCC’s building are required to show proof of vaccination. Participants at outdoor events will not be checked for vaccination status, but it is our hope that regardless of where we gather, we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Additionally, mask wearing inside of the EDCJCC will also be always required by everyone, except while eating or drinking in designated locations. For more information, visit edcjcc.org/covidsafety.
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