Bond with your little ones in a nurturing and hands-on environment and connect with new families at the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center!
Our parenting center provides activities, classes and educational opportunities for the whole family. Celebrate Jewish holidays, cultivate essential developmental skills, create play-filled memories, and much more in a warm, welcoming community.
Events and activities include:
|Jewish holiday celebrations
||First-time parent education
||And much more!
Parenting curriculum includes formal classes, lectures, discussion and support groups, as well as comprehensive parenting resources and referral materials.
All Are Welcome
The Bender JCC embraces and welcomes the diversity of our community and encourages everyone to seek meaning and fulfillment by participating in our rich programming inspired by our Jewish heritage.
We open our doors to everyone, including people of all backgrounds, religions, abilities and sexual orientations, and interfaith couples and families.
Inclusion permeates our Center. Inclusion is belonging.
Questions about the Bender-Dosik Parenting Center? Contact us!
The center is made possible by grants from the Bender Foundation and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
CLASSES & PROGRAMS
Connect with new families and bond with your little one in a nurturing and hands-on environment. The Parenting Center supports your young and growing family with fun and diverse programs. Spark interest, stimulate creativity and enhance development through a variety of classes designed for infants, toddlers, and parents.
Moms will learn mom-baby postures and massage techniques designed to promote bonding with each other and bring a sense of calm to baby.
Strengthen, stretch and relieve stress while getting to know other moms and babies.
Feel free to stop your practice to change a diaper, get some water, nurse, etc. No yoga experience is necessary.
Register for Mommy/Baby Yoga
Did you know all children are musical? Build on your child’s natural enthusiasm for music and movement and learn the skills to support the natural process of music development.
Register for Music Together
Toddler & Me Yoga
This class is designed for walkers through age 4 and mom, dad or caregiver. It will use fun games, songs and stories to engage the toddlers. Mom/dad/caregiver will play along with the kids and get some yoga instruction themselves while toddlers explore and watch. No experience necessary.
Register for Toddler & Me Yoga
Story Time is a joyful exploration of literature for children through song and movement, supporting early literacy and language in a developmentally-appropriate setting.
Following Story Time, enjoy imaginative play, space to climb and explore, and age-appropriate toys.
Register for Story Time
Target Age Group: Two months – three years with parent/caregiver.
Spend a fun-filled morning celebrating Shabbat and other Jewish holidays and themes. Learn about customs, traditions and prayers through art, music, movement and storytelling.
Register for Shabbat Playgroup
Ages 0-2 years. Offering parents a way to communicate with their baby before they learn to speak! This 6-week series introduces signs to parents and babies through theme-based songs, games, books, and activities. Each class includes an education component to help parents learn more about their child?s development. Imagine the frustration that will be significantly reduced when your baby can communicate his or her needs with you well before speaking. Bond with your baby, connect with other parents and learn over 36 signs in a baby-friendly environment with a certified instructor.
Register for Music Together
Motherhood isn’t for the weak and it can’t be done alone. This class focuses on the unique challenges of post-natal recovery. Join our community of new Moms for this 6-week class as we sweat, tone and condition your mind and body WITH your baby by your side. Use your baby to help strengthen your body. You’ll leave feeling energized by your workout and your new found team of butt-kicking mothers!
Register for Strong Mother
WORKSHOPS AND PARENT EDUCATION
Parent and Community Education
First-time moms with babies 2 weeks-5 months. Parent And Community Education (P.A.C.E) is a special group that meets for eight two-hour sessions to discuss a variety of topics including eating, sleeping, crying, attachment, disposition and play. Time is also set aside for members to share experiences, ask questions and express concerns.
Parenting Preschoolers 2-Day Bootcamp
|The Bender JCC has partnered with local parent education group PEP to offer this 2-day program. In this class, you will learn positive discipline methods to calm tantrums, avoid power struggles and engage your child’s cooperation. Insight into your child’s temperament and developmental stage along with guided practice with setting limits calmly and consistently will equip you with a parenting toolbox you can use throughout the years of child-rearing.
Parenting With Confidence
Presented by acclaimed psychologist Dr. Kay Abrams, this two-part series will address the day-to-day struggles that parents of young children encounter. Dr. Abrams will focus on how to parent with a calm, confident authority.