Parenting Workshops

Parenting Center Workshops

Our Parenting Center provides parents-to-be, parents, and caregivers with support and guidance as they prepare for and raise their young children. Our workshops offer practical skills and solutions, advice, and community-building opportunities. LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish, biological and adoptive, people of all abilities — are all warmly welcomed!


Parenting Without Power Struggles

Thursday, November 15
7:30 PM
Mary’s Center
2333 Ontario Road, Washington DC

Kid having tantrum“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.

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Toilet Training Without Tears  

Thursday, January 17
7:30 PM
Mary’s Center
2333 Ontario Road, Washington DC

oung parents are sitting on the bed and thinking how to teach kid to use the pottyd.The toilet training process should not and does not have to be fraught with conflict or worse, shame. This workshop will address ways to approach toilet learning in a way that is developmentally appropriate and respectful to the child’s growing need to feel in control of his or her body, and that frees parents from unnecessary stress and anxiety.  The workshop will also address ways to manage typical challenges that arise during the process.   Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

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These Parent Workshops are presented in partnership with Mary’s Center
Mary’s Center is dedicated to your overall wellness – including your body, mind, and spirit. Our comprehensive health care services include medical, dental, and behavioral health for all ages and income levels. Recently named a 2018 Health Center Quality Leader by HRSA, we are honored to be recognized among the top performing community health centers in the U.S. We owe this success to our Social Change Model which links health care to community-based support services while helping family members reach their education goals. To learn more about Mary’s Center visit or call (844) 796-2797.

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The Edlavitch DCJCC is undergoing a major renovation of our building, beginning in the fall of 2018, with completion by September of 2019. The renovation will enhance the Center as a whole and will bring some very exciting changes and improvements to our early childhood programs. During the renovation period, our entire building will be closed. While our programming calendar will be more limited than usual during this time, we will be offering a few parent workshops in other locations around the neighborhood.

We look forward to resuming our robust slate of programming when we are back in our building! See below to get a sense of the kinds of workshops that we have offered in the past few years.

Past Parent Workshops (2016-18)