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 parentingmcc@mannycantor.org.

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

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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

September 16

October 14

November 18

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

August 26

September 30

October 28

December 2

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

Breastfeeding Support Circle: Wednesdays 2-4pm

August 26

September 16

September 30

October 14

October 28

November 18

December 2

Parenting Class Instructors

Andrea Syms-Brown

Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, is the founder of Baby in the Family bitfamseries.com—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:

PRENATAL PROGRAM 
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. 

To apply contact:  opens in a new windowcfsinfo@edalliance.org or 646-395-4138.


HOME BASED EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM  

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 windowcfsinfo@edalliance.org or 646-395-4138.