Parenting Classes in NYC

Manny Cantor Center is currently closed to slow the spread of COVID-19 in New York City.

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.

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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Breastfeeding Preparation: This interactive class helps expectant parents understand how breast feeding actually works. Using baby dolls, expectant mothers learn how to attach her baby to breast (latch on), practice various feeding positions and learn techniques to help baby get as much milk as possible. Mainly the side lying, football and cradle holds are explored, all of which are so very important to new parents. Partners gain a deeper sense of how breastfeeding actually works and how to truly be helpful!

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

How To Breastfeed Naturally: Wednesdays 5-7pm

July 15
August 12

Newborn Care: This class offers an interactive look at care routines for newborn babies. Using baby dolls along with real baby clothing, diapers, etc., expectant parents are guided through actual simulations. Hands-on practice of routines and preparation for the initial stages of newborn care. 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.

As we all move forward during the current public health situation, Baby in the Family is pleased to tweak the format of our Caring For A Newborn Baby workshop. In order to bring it to you virtually, you will receive a password protected link to stream our filmed version of the workshop where all demonstrations feature real newborn babies. It covers every demonstration typically done at our live in person workshops. You will receive the video after completing your registration and then 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.

Caring for a Newborn Baby: Wednesdays 5-7pm

July 29
August 26

Breastfeeding Support Circle: Here you will find a free, safe and friendly spot to meet other nursing families and get answers about your breastfeeding concerns – including how much your baby takes while breastfeeding! Yes, if needed we have a scale….once your baby is in a dry diaper and lightly dressed, we will document baby’s weight; when that feeding is over, in the same diaper and clothing we can check your baby’s weight again.

Breastfeeding Support Circle: Wednesdays 2-4pm

July 1, 15 & 29
August 12 & 26

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.
Head Start eligible families may also qualify for additional ongoing services:

Our Prenatal program offers ongoing support to growing families, including weekly prenatal check-ins and newborn family visits. Ensure the health and safety of your developing child, receive information about labor, delivery, breastfeeding and postpartum recovery, and learn how to nurture each stage of your baby’s development. 

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Outside of our early childhood classrooms, Educational Alliance offers Home-Based educational coaching to parents of infants and toddlers. Families receive weekly one-on-one visits tailored to fit your child’s needs and promote their cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. 

To apply contact:  opens in a new or 646-395-4138.