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, March 10 Parenting Without Power Struggles
Tuesday, March 24: The Mom-Stress Workshop: Finding Your Inner Calm Mom
Tuesday, April 21: Pathways to Parenthood
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

Email Miriam if you are interested in participating in Beyond the Bump, a discussion group for pregnant moms.
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)

Parenting Without Power Struggles 
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30pm
"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. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

The Mom-Stress Workshop: Finding Your Inner Calm Mom
Tuesday, March 24, 7:30pm
This workshop is designed for moms who want to manage and reduce anxiety, stress, and the feeling of being constantly overwhelmed.  It is for mothers who want to stay clear, grounded and vibrant in their motherhood journeys. Moms will learn, practice and explore a range of simple techniques that will help them to BE moms in a more relaxed, energized and self-loving way. All tools, strategies and techniques presented are for taking home, and are designed for use in everyday life. Led by Alexandra Hughes, certified coach and founder of

Pathways to Parenthood 
Tuesday, April 21, 7:30pm
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

Infant and Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet)

Sunday, April 26, 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 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, 7:30pm
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, 7:30pm
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. 


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