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, February 1: Safety Day at the J: Infant/Child CPR and First Aid
Thursday, February 5: Managing Your Household Spending
Tuesday, February 10: Sibling Strategies: Navagating the Challenges of Multiple Children
Mondays, February 23-April 13: Beyond the Bump
Tuesday, March 10 Parenting Without Power Struggles
Tuesday, April 21: Pathways to Parenthood

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)

Safety Day (and Babysitter Meet & Greet) at the J: Infant/Child CPR and First Aid
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Infant and Child CPR: 9:30am to 12pm
Pediatric First Aid: 1:00 to 3:30 pm
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 the basics of Infant and Child CPR and/or First Aid (with a pediatric focus) with American Heart Association instructor Jay Gruber.  In between the CPR and First Aid sessions, enjoy a meet & greet event with refreshments and the chance to meet some of UrbanSitter’s newly CPR-certified local sitters. Everybody wins when parents and caregivers both know these crucial skills!

Managing Your Household Spending
Thursday, February 5, 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. 

Sibling Strategies: Navigating the Challenges of Multiple Children

Tuesday, February 10, 7:30pm
This workshop will help parents understand the roots of sibling conflict and offer approaches to help siblings work through the inevitable challenges they encounter in forging their lifelong relationship. Led by Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist.

Beyond the Bump 
Mondays, February 23-April 13, 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.

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.

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

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