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:

Sunday, May 15:
Infant and Child CPR
Wednesday, May 18:
Pathways to Parenthood and J Screen Pop-Up
Tuesday, June 7:
Raising Children with Healthy Body Image
Thursday, June 16: Mindful Eating for Breastfeeding
Sunday, June 26: Snap Happy: Family Photography 101
Sunday, July 17: Infant and Child CPR
Wednesday, July 27: Healthy Lunches in a Snap

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)

Infant and Child CPR 
Sunday, May 15, 10:00am
Make your family safer by learning life-saving skills from American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!

Pathways to Parenthood
Wednesday, May 18, 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
Thinking about growing your family or looking for support after struggling to conceive? Join us for an informal discussion about different paths to family building. 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!   Before and after the panel, there will be time for informal connecting and community building.  LGBTQ and straight, couples and single parents, Jewish and non-Jewish -- are all warmly welcomed.  Come prepared to ask questions -- and plug in for support.
Co-presented with GLOE, in partnership with The Red Stone, Shady Grove Fertility, and the Tinina Q Cade Foundation

JScreen Pop-Up:
Take Control. Take Action. Get Screened

Wednesday, May 18, 4:00 PM
Whether you are single, dating, married, or already have a child and are planning to add to your family, genetic screening is important for every member of our community. JScreen, a non-profit dedicated to preventing Jewish genetic diseases, will be “setting up shop” at the DCJCC on Wednesday, May 18, in an effort to provide as many as possible with an easy and affordable opportunity to get tested. 
Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is encouraged.

Raising Children with Healthy Body Image
Tuesday, June 7, 7:30pm
At a surprisingly young age, children internalize messages from our culture and from their families about body image.  This workshop will focus on steps that parents can take from the beginning to help children and families develop healthy relationships to food and body image, and to enhance self-esteem.  Participants will leave with concrete strategies and suggestions for raising healthy and confident children. Led by Alisa Schwartz, Ph.D .

Mindful Eating for Breastfeeding
Thursday, June 16, 11:00am
Babies welcome!
This lunchtime workshop is perfect for pregnant and breastfeeding moms who want to revamp their eating habits to nourish themselves, nurture their breast milk and create a healthful, whole foods kitchen for their family and children. Topics will include Simple Steps for Nursing Nutrition, Getting Food on the Table with a Baby on Your Hip, and Nutrition Prescriptions for Common Concerns such as colic, eczema, and acid reflux.  All participants will enjoy a light lunch featuring ingredients and recipes from the Ultimate Breastfeeding Food list, and will leave with recipes and strategies. 

Snap Happy: Family Photography 101
Sunday, June 26, 1:00pm
Tired of taking hundreds of sub-par photos of your kids?  Just in time for summer vacation pictures, this 90-minute hands-on workshop will equip busy moms and dads with the photography fundamentals to capture spontaneous childhood moments with polish and prowess. The workshop translates theory into simple tricks that you can quickly apply to each family snapshot, regardless of what camera model you use. Professional photographer Julie Kubal will teach you the skills and help you put them into practice.

Infant and Child CPR 
Sunday, July 17, 10:00am
Make your family safer by learning life-saving skills from American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber!

Healthy Lunches in a Snap
Wednesday, July 27, 7:30pm
Do you feel like you are always scrambling to get lunches made? Do you pack the same lunch every single day? Are there daily battles over what goes into the lunchbox? In this workshop you will learn how with a little planning, and almost no effort, you and your kids can be eating quick, easy, and well-balanced lunches that everyone can feel good about!  Led by Jessica Braider, Health Coach

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