Parenting

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


Drop-In Programs

Tummy Time (birth–crawling): 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.

Crawlers Club (crawling–walking): Calling all Tummy Time "graduates" who are looking for a continuation of your favorite movement class! This new class helps babies reach developmental milestones in a community of first friends.


Parenting + Caregiver Resources

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.

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

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.


Prenatal + Postnatal Fitness

Prenatal 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.

Pelvic Floor Workout: Learn simple exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor that include variations of Kegels and reverse Kegels, as well as other complementary exercises.


Special Events

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

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


Welcome to the World

Are you having a baby or know someone who is? Please contact Arianna at adavison@jccmanhattan.org or 646.505.4459 for your "Welcome to the World" gift bag, which includes a JCC baby present.


Infants + Young Children Commitee

The purpose of the Infants + Young Children Committee is to bring together parents with children from birth-4 years to enhance and improve the JCC experience for families with young children. We are a sounding board to the staff as well as liaisons 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.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support Children + Family programming at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.