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, October 13: Babysitter Speed Dating
Sunday, October 18: Raising Healthy Eaters: How to Win the Mealtime Wars
Mondays, October 19-December 14: Beyond the Bump
Thursday, October 29: Managing Your Household Spending
Thursday, November 12: Toilet Training Without Tears
Sunday, November 15: Infant/Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet)
Wednesday, December 9: Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight

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)

Babysitter Speed Dating 
Tuesday, October 13, 7:30pm

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!

Raising Healthy Eaters: How to Win the Mealtime Wars
Sunday, October 18, 4:00pm

Do you dread family dinners? Do you find yourself saying “just two more bites?” Are you sick of your kids turning their noses up at the dinner you made? Are you limited to the few meals that you know your kids will eat? In this workshop we will discuss the reasons behind kid pickiness and we’ll explore ways to make meals (and mealtime) more appealing for your children and yourself. Led by Jessica Braider, Health Coach

Beyond the Bump
Mondays, October 19—December 14, 7:30pm

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 eight weeks to provide a safe and facilitated space for moms 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.  Facilitated by Heather Diamond, Psy.D.

Managing Your Household Spending
Thursday, October 29, 7:30pm

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 fees, and give you specific tools to help you stay on track even if you're not a budget or spreadsheet whiz. 

Toilet Training Without Tears: Avoiding the Perils of the Potty  
Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm

Learn how to approach toilet training in a way that is developmentally appropriate and respectful to your child’s growing need to feel in control of his or her body, without unnecessary parental 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.

Infant and Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet) 
Sunday, November 15, 10:00am
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 instructor 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!

Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30pm
Babies today are born into a world of digital devices, and parents have the daunting role of trying to navigate this new reality – specifically, how to make good decisions about their children's screen use. This workshop will describe what the research tells about the impact of digital devices on children's development through age 6, and guidelines for usage based on the science. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

Follow the DCJCC on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on all our programs and events!


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