Parent 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. LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish, biological and adoptive, families built through surrogacy, people of any color or ability — are all warmly welcomed!

New Parent Coffees (in person!)

On the last Thursday of each month, gather with other new parents and parents-to-be for coffee, company, and relaxed conversations on topics of interest to new parents. Upcoming coffees include Finding a Nanny 101 on February 24 and Gentle Sleep Secrets for Newborns on March 31.

Virtual Workshops

Join us virtually for workshops on topics of interest to parents of young children. Our workshops offer practical skills and solutions, advice, and community-building opportunities.  See the calendar below for upcoming workshops, and email Miriam if you have an idea for a workshop that you would like to offer or to see offered.

Upcoming Workshops

Jan
27
Thu
VIRTUAL WORKSHOP: Enhancing Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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 a Kingsbury psychologist (virtually) 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.

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Feb
3
Thu
Beyond the Bump
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BEYOND THE BUMP
6 Thursdays, February 3-March 10, 6:30–7:30 PM
The group will meet in person on the first and last week, and the other sessions will be on Zoom.
$110 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $92
Facilitated by Catherine Coogan, Ph.D.

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-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another.  On the first and last weeks (February 3 and March 10), we will meet in person at the EDCJCC, and then we will meet virtually on Zoom for middle four weeks. 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.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space.

REGISTER FOR THIS GROUP

Raising Anti-Racist Children (VIRTUAL)
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Raising Anti-Racist Children
2 Thursdays, February 3 and 10, 8:00 PM

Raising children to build a just world is a life-long process, as well as a difficult challenge for parents to navigate. Join us for a two-part series with expert educator Dr. Nabina Liebow, who will take us through the learning and practical steps necessary to raise anti-racist children and help us create a cohort of race conscious parents in our community.

This workshop is designed for anyone who wants to understand how white supremacy and white privilege affect all parts of our lives and how to bring these ideas into conversation and action in parenting. It is meant as a beginning to this work, rather than to be comprehensive or all-encompassing.

Although we understand that life is unpredictable, we request that you commit to both Part 1 and Part 2 of this workshop in order to honor the learning process and receive the full benefit of this workshop. Attendance will be capped in order to create an intimate cohort of parents.

Part 1 (February 3, 8:00-9:30 PM): Discussing race and racism with your children is a vital part of antiracist and race conscious parenting. But some people might feel a little rusty on the basics! In the first part of the workshop, Dr. Liebow will give a “Crash Course in Racial Literacy” to provide an important framework and context for race conscious parenting. This session will go over the basics of anti-racist thought and ideology, as well as challenge participants to explore their own biases and thought processes before they are able to address these ideas with their children. By the end of this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of race, white supremacy, white privilege, and antiracism.

Part 2 (February 10, 8:00-9:30 PM): In the second part of the workshop, parents will learn strategies for helping their child develop an antiracist consciousness and how to apply concepts learned in the first session to raising their children.

This program is brought to you by the Edlavitch DCJCC Parenting Center and Morris Cafritz Center for Social Responsibility

REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP

Feb
8
Tue
Modern Family Building: Exploring Egg Freezing
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join us for Part 1 of our three part series on Modern Family Building. During this Zoom discussion, we will explore the decision to freeze eggs for future fertility use. We’ll learn from a fertility doctor about what’s involved in the medical process, and also hear from people who have made the choice to do it. The program will consist of brief formal presentations from each of our panelists followed by lots of time for questions. Depending on attendee size, we will use breakout rooms for more intimate conversation. LGBTQ and straight, singles and couples, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed. Come prepared to ask questions, get support, and connect to other people looking to build a family.
REGISTER HERE

You can learn more about our other workshops in Modern Family Building Series below:
Part 2 (February 15): Creating A One Parent Family
Part 3 (February 22): Gestational Surrogacy 101

Co-presented by EntryPointDC, the 20s and 30s program, GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, and the Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Feb
15
Tue
Modern Family Building: Creating a One Parent Family
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Join us for Part 2 of our three part series on Modern Family Building.  During this Zoom discussion, we will hear from parents who have consciously chosen to create a one parent family. They will discuss how they went about building their family and share lessons learned as they have navigated the solo parenting process. The program will consist of brief formal presentations our panelists followed by lots of time for questions. Depending on attendee size, we will use breakout rooms for more intimate conversation. LGBTQ and straight, Jewish and non-Jewish — are all warmly welcomed. Come prepared to ask questions, get support, and connect to other people looking to build a family.
Please note: This session will primarily focus on families built through sperm donation; if you are interested in learning about egg donation and gestational surrogacy, please join us for Part 3: Gestational Surrogacy 101 on February 22! REGISTER HERE

 

You can learn more about our other workshops in Modern Family Building Series below:
Part 1 (February 8): Exploring Egg Freezing
Part 3 (February 22): Gestational Surrogacy 101

Co-presented by EntryPointDC, the 20s and 30s program, GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement, and the Parenting Center at the Edlavitch DCJCC

Past Workshops

Click here to explore past workshops offered through the EDCJCC Parenting Center.