Parenting Classes in NYC

Newborn Care, Breastfeeding Prep, and Breastfeeding Support Classes will now be offered online via video and Zoom. Please register below, and you will receive digital meeting information ahead of your class date. Registration for 2021 sessions will begin on Tuesday, November 24th.

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.

For more information and to register, contact us at 646.395.4250 or

Families who live near Manny Cantor Center and families with low incomes may be eligible for a free class. For eligibility please contact

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How To Breastfeed Naturally: This interactive class helps expectant parents understand how breast feeding actually works. During the class, expectant parents will learn how to attach baby to breast, various feeding positions and techniques to help baby get as much milk as possible. Mainly the side lying, football and cradle holds are explored, all of which are highly important to new parents. Partners gain a deeper sense of how breastfeeding really works and how to be helpful!

One registration per couple. $30 per couple. Registration must be completed 24 hours before the start of class.

Wednesdays 5-7pm

November 18

January 13

February 10

March 10

April 14

May 12

Caring for a Newborn Baby: This class offers an interactive look at care routines for newborn babies. You will receive a password protected link to stream a filmed version of the workshop where all demonstrations feature real families and their newborn babies. The video covers a number of daily routines and preparation for the initial stages of newborn care. In addition to the detailed video, you will be invited to join Andrea and Peter live on Zoom, for an in-depth discussion of the topics shown, as well as an opportunity to ask all of your questions. This workshop has been met with enthusiasm over the past 2 decades and is designed to give you the confidence to embrace this new phase of life with joy, ease, and a sense of humor.

One registration per couple. $30 per couple. Registration must be completed 24 hours before the start of class.

Wednesdays 5-7pm

December 2

January 27

February 24

March 24

April 28

May 26

Breastfeeding Support Circle: A free, safe, and friendly space to meet other nursing families and get answers about your breastfeeding concerns.

Wednesdays 2-4pm

November 18

December 2, 16

January 13, 27

February 10, 24

March 10, 24

April 14, 28

May 12, 26

Powerful Parenting Workshops: These workshops focus on common parenting challenges with young children and how we can boost communication and understanding between parent and child. Each 60-minute workshop provides information, easy to use strategies and tips on how to better understand our children’s behaviors. All caretakers are welcomed.

Tuesdays 11am and at 3pm

November 17, 24

December 1, 8, 15

January 5

Families Reading Together: A fun opportunity for the whole family to come together for dynamic story time and activities for everyone to enjoy and explore their creativeness. These 90-minute sessions will provide families with rich literacy-focused conversations with their children.

December 12

December 19

January 23

February 27

March 20

April 24

May 22

June 19

Parenting Talks (Videos): Short videos covering hot topics and trends in parenting life, such as self-care, mindfulness for adults and children, coping with today’s challenges, etc.

November 23

December 7

January 11

February 1, 22

March 8, 22

April 5, 19

May 3, 17

June 7, 21

Parenting Journey: Together we walk the journey of parenting to increase your confidence, capability, and resiliency- as individuals and as parents. This series encourages and supports each parent to lay the groundwork for strong family relationships.

February 4, 11, 25

March 4, 18, 25

April 8, 15, 22, 29

May 6, 13

Parenting Class Instructors

Andrea 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.