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!


The Other Kind of Smart: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

Thursday, February 28, 7:30 PM
At the Kingsbury Center
5000 14th Street NW, Washington DC

Emotional Intelligence is essential for academic and life success, perhaps even more so than cognitive ability. This involves awareness and understanding of one’s own feelings, skills to manage strong emotions, and the ability to relate to the emotions of others. Join two Kingsbury psychologists to learn how parents can coach their children through the turbulent world of childhood emotions to develop stronger emotional awareness, greater self-control, and closer connections with others..

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This workshops is presented in partnership the Kingsbury Wellness & Learning Group, a division of The Kingsbury Center in Northwest Washington, DC.  Kingsbury’s multidisciplinary team of dedicated professionals works collaboratively to provide exceptional therapeutic and educational services to children and adults, with an array of options including Neuropsychological Assessment, Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, Tutoring, and Yoga for Kids

Parenting Without Power Struggles

Thursday, April 4, 7:30 PM
Mary’s Center
2335 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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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, using a 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.


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)