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At our Parenting Center, families come together to connect and build friendships within a safe learning environment nurtured by our expert facilitators. This welcoming space within the Manny Cantor Center offers neighborhood families a true community, while providing support for the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of raising a family.



Beginning April 1, 2017, all Parenting Center classes will be available for registration ahead of time. All classes for April and May will be posted and available for registration on the morning of March 17. Registration for these classes will be open on a first come/first serve basis. 

Starting April 1, we will charge a small fee for our Toddler Drop-In, Open Exploration and Open Studio sessions. Classes will be $10 per session, paid at the time of registration online.


Wednesdays | 9:00AM – 10:00AM & 10:30AM – 11:30AM 

Come with your child and engage in an early social experience together. This welcoming and interactive environment is the perfect place to meet other neighborhood families and your toddler’s first friends. Feel free to come with questions about behavior, milestones, and next steps for you and your little one. Led by Pat Kornfeld. 

Sign up here


Fridays | 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/2 | 10:00-11:00AM
For children ages 6 months- 2 years

Children are natural scientists who love to explore and discover the world around them. Open Exploration offers children various opportunities for learning and discovery with sand, water, recycled materials, and other sensory materials. 
Led by Jacqueline Marks

Sign up here


Fridays | 3/17, 4/28, 5/19 | 9:00 – 10:00AM & 10:30 – 11:30AM 

Come make a mess in our studio! Join children and other families as we mess around with a variety of art materials in this exploration based class.
Led by Hannah Cook

Sign up here


Tuesdays | 1/17, 3/7, 4/4, 5/16 | 6:30-8:30PM | FREE

Find joy and humor in the care routines you create for your new baby, while building confidence in your ability and instinct. Topics include preparing your home for baby’s arrival, circumcision and umbilical cord care, bathing and dressing, as well as bottle and breastfeeding your baby. Your partner, Grandparent, or a supportive relative or friend is welcome to join!
Led by Andrea Syms-Brown

To sign up, please email Nohelia Redondo at




Tuesday | 2/7, 6/6 | 6:30-8:30PM | FREE

This class offers you real life breastfeeding information and prepares you for the first month with your baby—the newborn period. Topics include various comfortable latch-on positions, how to tell if things are going well, and where to get help! Partners are warmly encouraged to attend.
Led by Andrea Syms-Brown

To sign up, please email Nohelia Redondo at



Wednesdays | 2/1, 2/15 | 3/8, 3/22 | 4/5, 4/19 | 5/10, 5/24 | 6/7, 6/21 | 3:00-4:30PM | FREE

This breastfeeding support circle is led by International board certified lactation consultant Andrea Syms-Brown, and will address everything from nipple pain to your baby’s weight gain. You’ll get reassurance and a customized plan to make breastfeeding more manageable – and enjoyable. We will have a milk intake scale on hand so you can find out exactly how much your baby gets during a feeding. Bring your concerns, a snack, extra blanket and a few diapers.

To sign up, please email Nohelia Redondo at



Mondays | 11:30AM – 12:30PM | FREE for MCC Fitness Members
$10 for non-members
For children ages 6 months to 2 years
Register in person | | 646.395.4285

Yoga for Parents + Toddlers is a fun way to explore mindfulness and movement while enjoying time with your little one. Instructor Siewli Stark weaves together fun and creative yoga poses with breathing exercises appropriate for both parent and child.
Led by Siewli Stark.



Sundays | 9-10AM
For children ages 2-5 years
Register in person | | 646.395.4285

Moms & Dads, get moving with your kids in yoga class- a great way to increase flexibility, strength, and mindfulness as a family.




Hannah Cook

Hannah spends half of her time working as a theatre maker and the other half working as a primary school art teacher, educating children on how to be fiercely passionate and unforgiving artists. Prior to moving to Brooklyn, she worked as an art teacher at Summercamp@Ross, Peconic Community School, and Pierson High School, all on eastern Long Island. Hannah prizes experimentation in the art room and is never afraid to try something new with her students, especially when it means getting to make a mess. She currently works at Brooklyn Acting Lab in Park Slope and as a freelance set designer and carpenter. 


PATPat Kornfeld
Pat holds a degree in Psychology and has worked with parents, caregivers, and their children for many years. She was a home visitor for Westchester Jewish Community Services in both the Parent Child Home Program as well as the Child Care Home Program. Pat has been the celebrated group facilitator in The Parenting Center since 2008 and is also the educator of 2’s Together.

Jacq MarksJacqueline Marks
A passionate, dedicated early childhood educator, Jacqueline’s career as a teacher and administrator spans more than 14 years. Prior to joining Educational Alliance Preschool at Manny Cantor Center, she was the founding Director of Explore + Discover, an infant and toddler center for children ages 0-2. Jacqueline was also central to the growth of family programming at the JCC in Manhattan, where she became the Director of the Center for Family Life. Jacqueline believes in the power of a community where parents, teachers, children, and administrators join together to nurture the growth of our children. Jacqueline holds an M.S. in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College, a B.A. in Art History from Columbia University, and a B.A. in modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, daughter, and two golden retrievers named Moose and Bear.

IMG_0685Siewli Stark
Siewli Stark is a 200-hr certified yoga teacher and a certified children’s yoga teacher with a passion for teaching mindfulness and yoga to children. In addition to using her newfound love of the ukulele to bring music into her classrooms, Siewli teaches yoga to adults and children with special needs, as well as weekly Vinyasa Yoga, Parent + Toddler Yoga, and Family Yoga classes at Manny Canter Fitness Center and at other centers throughout the city. When she’s not teaching kids, she likes to dance, sing, cook, spend time with her baby niece, practice AcroYoga in the park, and travel.

IMG_0120Andrea Syms-Brown
Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, is the founder of Baby in the Family—a series specializing in prenatal education and postpartum support. Her popular workshops have been hosted at various locations in the city for over a decade. Andrea provides individual postpartum lactation support in NYC and the tristate area and has most recently served as both President and Education Director of the New York Lactation Consultant Association.

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