The JCC is an incredible resource for parents and parents-to-be!

It takes a village to raise a child, and the JCC supports all the caregivers entrusted with our children's day to day well-being. At every stage of family life, the JCC is here for you. Whether you're thinking about starting a family, have a baby on the way, or your child is a newborn, toddler, or older, we can help be your "village" along the journey of parenting.

new parents

From special breakfasts for new parents to bump bashes to support groups with experts in every field, the JCC has a program for every parent transitioning to their new stage of life.


Classes and groups include:

  • Caring for your Newborn Baby: Find joy in the care routines you create for your new baby. Topics include: preparing the home for the baby's arrival, circumcision and umbilical cord care, bathing and dressing, breastfeeding, how to handle a colicky baby, and more! Led by Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, CIMI, experienced newborn care specialist/educator. For your convenience, this workshop repeats five times. Choose the date that works best for you.

  • Afterglow: New Moms Group: Join new mothers and babies ages 0-4 months for a six-week group to gain information, share your experiences, and support one another in the early days of motherhood. Led by Pria Alpern, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in maternal mental health, and a mother of two.

  • Tummy Time: This charming class makes tummy time fun for you and your baby. Through songs, nursery rhymes, and exercises designed to strengthen muscles and provide mental stimulation, your baby will reach important milestones in a playful and relaxed environment. A perfect first movement class for your new baby. This class is the first in a series of three that accompany each stage of your child's development: Tummy Time, Crawlers Club, and Wobbly Walkers.

  • New Moms Breakfast: Calling all new mothers! Treat yourself and join us for breakfast. Bring your babies, meet other new moms, and talk with our special guest experts.

  • Dads Meet Up Brunch: Enjoy light brunch fare, play and hang out with fellow dads and their little ones in a casual playgroup environment.


Parent and Caregiver Workshops

  • Infant CPR, Rescue Breathing, and Heimlich: Learn to perform CPR on all ages. We will cover prevention, recognition, and treatment for respiratory and cardiac emergencies (CPR), and choking emergencies for infants (12 months and under) and Children/Adults (1 year and up). This course is designed for parents/caregivers, personal trainers, teachers, counselors, and anyone requiring certification in CPR with AED.

  • Bump Bash: A special semi-annual night out for all expectant parents! Join us for this fun evening of mock-tails and connecting with other parents-to- be and experts in sleep, breastfeeding and other relevant topics to get you prepped for your new addition.


prenatal and postnatal fitness

  • Prenatal Water Class to Pre and Postnatal Water Class: Safely keep your abdominals in shape and relieve back pain with soothing water exercise. Maintain your cardiovascular fitness and greatly reduce the physical discomforts of pregnancy. Held in the main pool; swim cap required. Class limited to 12.

  • Infants + Young Children Committee: The purpose of the Infants + Young Children Committee is to bring together parents with children ages 0-4 years old to enhance and improve the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan experience for families with young children. We are a sounding board to the staff as well as liaisons out to the community, and we volunteer on various projects or tasks throughout the year. In addition to working toward broader institutional goals, we also create connections within our micro-community and develop a network of friends with whom we share the journey of parenting.

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