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 Miriam Szubin at with any workshops topics that you would like to see offered!

Upcoming Workshops: 

Thursday, January 26: Screen Sense: Navigating Screen Time for Kids
Wednesdays, Feb. 1-22: Preparing for Childbirth
Sunday, February 5: Safety Day (Infant-Child CPR and/or Pediatric First Aid)
Mondays, February 6-April 3: Beyond the Bump
Thursday, February 16: Dinner in 30: Quick, Easy, and Healthy Mealtime Solutions
Sunday, February 26: Mapping a Vision Beyond Parenthood
Tuesday, March 7: Parenting without Power Struggles
Tuesday, March 21: Managing Your Household Spending

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

Edlavitch DCJCC Parent Workshops

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

Screen Sense:
Navigating Screen Time for Kids

Thursday, January 26, 7:30 pm
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.
Preparing for Childbirth:
Prenatal Education for the Modern Family

4 Wednesdays, Feb. 1-22, 7:00 pm
Prepare for your birth, your way!  Preparing for Childbirth is a comprehensive 4-week series covering labor anatomy and physiology, pain management, common variations and complications, practice exercises designed specifically for labor and delivery, and a thorough and judgment-free discussion of all labor and delivery scenarios, including un-medicated births, epidurals and c-sections. Taught by Nicole Bruno, a certified doula and childbirth educator.
Safety Day: Infant-Child CPR and/or Pediatric First Aid
Sunday, February 5
Infant and Child CPR: 9:30 am to 12 pm
Pediatric First Aid: 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Make your family safer by learning the basics of Infant and Child CPR and/or First Aid (with a pediatric focus) with American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!
Beyond the Bump
8 Mondays, Feb 6-April 3, 7:15 pm
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 seven 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.
Dinner in 30: Quick, Easy and Healthy Dinner Solutions
Thursday, February 16, 7:30 pm
Does the dinner-time scramble make you crazy?  In this workshop we will focus on tricks and tips for getting a healthy dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.  We will discuss the roadblocks to making dinner (kids underfoot, prepping ingredients, clean-up, etc.) and how we can overcome them.  Participants will learn how to make a weekly meal plan and will leave with recipes and approaches that are easy, fun, and healthy. 
Mapping a Vision Beyond Parenthood
Sunday, February 26, 2:00-3:30 pm
Are you having a hard time envisioning what your future could look like now that you have children?  Are you trying to figure out your ideal work/life balance? Join professional leadership coach Tamar Lechter as she guides you through visioning exercises and helps you to uncover your personal and professional ideal.  All participants will leave with their own vision boards as well as personalized next steps for getting on the path to achieve that vision.
Parenting Without Power Struggles
Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 pm
"You need to eat four more pieces!" . . . "Bedtime NOW" . . .  "NO!  I do it!"  Power struggles are maddening for parents, and, it turns out, 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.
Managing Your Household Spending
Tuesday, March 21, 7:30 pm
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. 

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