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 third Thursday of most months, gather with other new parents and parents-to-be for coffee, company, and relaxed conversations on topics of interest to new parents. See the calendar below for upcoming Parent Coffees!

Virtual (and sometimes in person) Workshops

Join us virtually (or occasionally in person!) 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

Beyond the Bump
Oct 6 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6 Thursdays, October 6-November 10, 6:30–7:30 PM
$152 for the six-week session; EDCJCC Member Rate $122
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 in person at the EDCJCC for six weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms-to-be 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.  The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered and maintained easily.


Parent Coffee: Finding a Nanny 101 (IN PERSON)
Oct 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for coffee, the company of other new parents, and a relaxed conversation about finding the right kind of childcare for your family.  Sarah Marks, founder and president of Nannies by Sarah, will discuss the pros and cons of different childcare options and the benefits of hiring a nanny, and will share strategies for hiring a nanny that meets your family’s needs. Bring your questions – we’ll spend a lot of time talking through participants’ specific situations. Babies warmly welcomed!


Second Thoughts: Adapting to Baby #2 (VIRTUAL)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

3 Thursdays: October 20, October 27, and November 3

8:00-9:00 PM
$47 for the three-week session
Facilitated by Taylor Lerner, Psy.D

Are you expecting baby #2? Looking to create a community with other second time parents to exchange ideas and find support? This group will meet weekly via Zoom for three weeks to provide a safe space for second time parents-to-be to discuss their experiences and learn from one another. We will explore several topics, including: managing your big kid’s (big!) feelings before, during, and after welcoming the new baby; kid-care and self-care with two; navigating new relationships and new roles; and the complicating factors of Covid-19.
The group will be kept small so that connections can be fostered easily, even in a virtual space, and also so that in-person meet-ups can be organized if the group wants.


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

Raising Anti-Racist Children
2 Thursdays, November 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


Adoption: Starting the Process (VIRTUAL)
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 PM

Before Baby programsPlease join us for a virtual discussion about various paths to adopting a child.  Hear from an adoption lawyer, from representatives from an adoption agency and from the foster care system, and from parents who have built families through domestic, international, private, agency, and public routes.

LGBTQ and straight, couples and singles, Jewish and non-Jewish, people of all colors — are all warmly welcomed.  Come with questions!

Co-presented by GLOE – the Kurlander Program for GLBTQ Outreach and Engagement



Past Workshops

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