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:
Thursday, May 7: Back to Work After Parental Leave: How to Create a Mindful Return
Thursday, May 21: Managing Your Household Spending
Wednesday, June 3: The Summer Parenting Juggle: Making Summer Work For You
Tuesday, June 9: Babysitter Speed Dating
Sunday, July 12: Infant/Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet)

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)

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

The Summer Parenting Juggle: Making Summer Work For You
Wednesday, June 3, 7:30-9:30pm
Trying to balance the push and pull of summer schedules, work demands, family vacations, and good ol' summertime play?  For working parents, the transition to summer might not be best described as carefree, but it can still be fun and family-forward!  Come learn ways to mix sunshine and deadlines, childcare transitions and new adventures with Lauren Laitin, founder and principal of Parachute Coaching, a professional coaching firm for working parents.

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!

Infant and Child CPR (and Babysitter Meet & Greet) 

Sunday, July 12, 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!


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