Bender-Dosik Parenting Center

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 Story time
Playgroups First-time parent education
Music classes 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

Classes & ProgramsConnect 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.

If you have been staying away from movie theaters because you were afraid your infant would disrupt the audience, fear no more! Moms and their babies are invited to the Bender JCC auditorium for a fun morning.

The fee goes toward theater use, snacks, water, stroller parking and an audience who will not mind if your baby cries!

Older children may be dropped off at J-Club, our babysitting service, for a fee. We hope to see you and your baby at a theater near you!

Dates: January 8, 2018 & January 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: $5

Register for Mommy Movie Monday

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.

Dates: Mondays | September 11 – October 16
Time: 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Cost: $85 for Bender JCC Members | $95 for the General Public

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.

Dates: Tuesdays | September 12 – November 14
Time: 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Cost: $85 for Bender JCC Members | $95 for the General Public

Register for Tuesday Music Together

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.

Dates: Wednesdays | September 13 – November 15
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Cost: $35 for Bender JCC Members | $40 for the General Public

Register for Wednesday Story Time

 

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.

Dates: Wednesdays | September 7 – December 7
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Cost: $35 for Bender JCC Members | $40 for the General Public

Register for Thursday Story Time

Target Age Group: Two months – three years with parent/caregiver.

Join us this summer for a fun-filled Friday morning at North Farm Neighborhood Playground. Your little one will enjoy open-play time at the park, followed by Shabbat songs, candle lighting, juice and Challah.

Dates: Fridays | September 8 – November 10
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Cost: FREE, but please register

Register for Friday Shabbat Playgroupime

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.

Dates: Sundays | September 10 – November 12
Time: 10:00 – 10:45 AM || OR || 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Cost: $230 for Bender JCC Members | $240 for the General Public

Register for 10:00 AM Music Together

Register for 11:00 AM Music Together

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.