Parenting Center Workshops

Our Parenting Center provides parents-to-be, parents, and caregivers with support, guidance, and enrichment as they prepare for and raise their young children. Our workshops offer practical skills and solutions, advice, and community-building opportunities.  Email with any workshops topics that you would like to see offered!

Upcoming Workshops:
Tuesday, April 21: Pathways to Parenthood
Wednesdays, April 22-June 10: Preparing for Childbirth: Prenatal Education for the Modern Family
Sunday, April 26: Infant/Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet)
Thursday, May 7: Back to Work After Parental Leave: How to Create a Mindful Return
Thursday, May 21: Managing Your Household Spending
Tuesday, June 9: Babysitter Speed Dating

Also check out PACE, a great support group for women with babies ages 2 weeks to 5 months (not offered by the DCJCC, but meeting in our building)

Washington DCJCC Parent Workshops 

(Click on the workshop titles below for detailed descriptions, prices, and registration)

Pathways to Parenthood 
Tuesday, April 21, 7:30-9:30pm
Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive? Please join us for an informal discussion about different paths to parenthood. This symposium will include experts such as a fertility doctor, an adoption expert, a mental health provider, a rabbi, a legal expert with experience facilitating egg donor and gestational carrier agreements, and more!   Come prepared to ask questions -- and plug in for support. 

Co-sponsored by the DCJCC Parenting Center, GLOE, The Red Stone and the Tinina Q Cade Foundation

Preparing for Childbirth: Prenatal Education for the Modern Family
Wednesdays, April 22-June 10, 7:00-9:15pm
Come prepare for your birth, your way! This comprehensive 8-week series will cover pregnancy health, relaxation, labor anatomy and physiology, pain management, and common variations and complications. It also includes practice exercises designed specifically for labor and delivery. While focused on preparing for a natural childbirth in a hospital setting, Preparing for Childbirth also includes thorough and judgment-free discussion of all labor and delivery scenarios, including epidurals, inductions, and c-sections.  Taught by Nicole Bruno, a certified doula and childbirth educator. 

Infant and Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet)
Sunday, April 26, 10:00am-1:00pm
Make your family safer, and meet potential babysitters at the same time!  The DCJCC Parenting Center is teaming up with UrbanSitter to bring you a terrific multitasking opportunity.  Learn life-saving skills from American Heart Association Jay Gruber, then choose to stay for a meet & greet event to enjoy refreshments and meet some of UrbanSitter’s newly CPR-certified local sitters. Everybody wins when parents and caregivers both know these crucial skills!

Back to Work After Parental Leave? How to Create a Mindful Return 
Thursday, May 7, 7:30-9:30pm
Having a baby and going back to work can throw anyone’s life off kilter. Come learn practical and effective strategies for planning your return to work after maternity or paternity leave, so that you can ease your concerns and fears about the transition, focus on your baby, and make calm, thoughtful choices. Open to anyone currently expecting a baby, anyone on maternity or paternity leave, or anyone within the first several months of returning to work. Experienced returning parents also welcome!  Led by Lori Mihalich-Levin, founder of Mindful Return.

Managing Your Household Spending
Thursday, May 21, 7:30-9:30pm
Get your household spending under control!  Lori Atwood, RFC, will discuss where and how to cut back without changing your lifestyle drastically. She will also talk about how to save for things that come up every year, like camp, vacations and school fe
es, and give you specific tools to help you stay on track even if you're not a budget or spreadsheet whiz. 

Babysitter Speed Dating
Tuesday, June 9, 7:30-9:30pm
At this event, parents will be introduced to UrbanSitter, an online resource that connects parents with babysitters through people they know. After getting a couple of tips on how to find the best babysitter, parents will have the opportunity to interview at least 10 different sitters at 5 minute intervals.  Sips & nibbles will be provided!


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Miriam Szubin
Parenting Center Director
p. (202) 777-3263
f. (202) 518-9420