Y Beginnings Parenting Center

Hi, there! We’re thrilled to welcome you to the Y Beginnings Parenting Center!

This is your invitation to come out and play‑-with new babies, parents and caregivers from the neighborhood--together at the Y. We’ve got a full roster of classes, programs, and events planned (and always in the works!) for expectant families and those with babies, one year olds and two year olds.

At Y Beginnings, we’re your uptown home for new families. This is where your daughter might meet her first best buddy, your son might take his first steps and where your confidence as a new parent grows. All within a framework of local living at its best—no schlepping downtown to find activities or community.

The Y Beginnings Parenting Center debuted in 2014. We’re still growing and we’d love feedback on what you’d like to see offered at the Y. Let us know what appeals to your unique family, by TAKING OUR SURVEY or EMAILING ME.

As the Coordinator for Y Beginnings, I’m looking forward to meeting you and welcoming your family. By way of introduction, I’m a writer, a certified lactation counselor, a mom since 2008, and a local resident active in our neighborhood for more than a decade. I know firsthand what a wonderful community we’re building, together, here uptown.

We extend a warm welcome to families of all types and all backgrounds, while also offering special celebrations of Jewish culture throughout the year. Our programs are supported by a grant from the UJA-Federation of New York.

Whatever brings you to the Y, we hope you find a welcoming home here.

Warmly,
Mara

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Y Beginnings Programs


Workshops
Moms Groups
Classes for Toddlers and Caregivers
Jewish Engagement
Samples of Previous Workshops and Classes


Workshops

Stayed tuned for upcoming workshops. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view previous workshops.


Moms Groups

 

NEW MOMS SUPPORT GROUP
Congratulations on your baby! As you find your way along this new mom journey, we invite you to join our supportive community of fellow moms and babies at the Y. Together we'll share stories, laugh, and learn from one another, all in a welcoming and inclusive environment that honors the path of each unique family.
DATES: summer schedule: July 20; August 10 and 24
TIME: 12:30 to 1:30 pm, FREE for all moms and babies
LOCATION: Room 208

BREASTFEEDING CAFE
The Y's Breastfeeding Cafe is a gathering spot for nursing moms. Join us with your new baby, your breastfeeding questions, and your favorite nursing stories. Little ones play or snooze while moms chat and gain valuable support and community from each other and the group's facilitator. The Breastfeeding Cafe is open to all pregnant women and nursing moms. Group led by Mara Bragg, CLC (ALPP).
DATESS: summer schedule: Thursdays July 27; August 17
TIME: 12:30 to 1:30 pm, FREE for all moms and babies
LOCATION: Room 208


Classes for Toddlers and Caregivers

Are you a parent looking for activities and socializing for you and/or your child? The Y's Toddler and Parent Programs offer something for every stage to explore this pivotal time of life!

MUSIC CLASS WITH TKIYA TOTS
Children build a strong music foundation through singing, dancing and jamming to a mix of musical instruments, led by Tkiya Tots. Stay tuned for new sessions returning in the fall! 
 

TODDLER AND PARENT EXPLORATION
NEXT SESSION: September 2017! 
Children explore and discover through open play, art, music, and creative movement in our toddler classroom. Guided by an instructor, our Toddler Exploration program allows children to socialize with their peers while still attending class with their parent or caregiver present.
SCHEDULE: Please stay tuned for our Fall 2017 schedule
REGISTRATION: Email mbragg@ywashhts.org to receive the Fall 2017 schedule, when it is announced later in the summer. 

SUPER SOCCER STARS
The Y is thrilled to partner with Super Soccer Stars to introduce the game of soccer to the youngest residents of Upper Manhattan. Sunday mornings experienced instructors lead two classes, one for 2 year olds and one for 12-24 months. Visit our Super Soccer Stars page to learn more.


Jewish Engagement

SONGS AND STORIES WITH PJ LIBRARY
All welcome and invited to join PJ Library and the Y outdoors in Ft. Tryon Park this summer for wonderful music, stories and community! Featuring PJ Library books, and music with Carla Friend, founder of Tkiya Tots. Events are free, but please RSVP! (We'll let you know about a rain location if necessary.) Please note about the program timing: You're welcome to join us at any time during these events. The music and singing come first, with built-in time at the end for schmoozing and browsing PJ Library books. Feel free to bring blankets and snacks and stay a while, with friends new and old.  
Friday, July 28, 10:15 to 11:30 am, Ft. Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn, RSVP here
Friday, August 11, 10:15 to 11:30 am, Ft. Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn, RSVP here
Tuesday, August 15, 4:30 to 6 pm, Ft. Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn, RSVP here
Friday, August 18, 10:15 to 11:30 am, Ft. Tryon Park, Cafe Lawn, RSVP here
Saturday, August 19, 9:50 to 11:00 am, Ft. Tryon Park, Abby's Lawn, RSVP here

JEWISH FAMILIES PROGRAM: UKULELE SHABBAT
Thanks for a great season! Have a great summer and see you for more Ukulele Shabbat in September! Until then, see you at our summertime pop-up events, Songs and Stories with PJ Library, in Ft. Tryon Park (details in previous listing). 
Join us 
on Friday mornings to welcome shabbat! We'll sing, read a story, say blessings, and enjoy challah together with our Y Beginnings community. Program features live ukulele music from the Y's own Rabbi Ezra Weinberg, plus Todah, our amazing Sloth (come meet him!). All families are welcome at Ukulele Shabbat, which is designed for babies through age three, with their parent or caregiver. Visit our Ukulele Shabbat page to learn more!


Want to see these previous workshops and classes offered again?

Let us know by sending an EMAIL.  

CHANGING EMOTIONS OF NEW PARENTHOOD
STORYTELLING WORKSHOP 
 

CHILDREN & TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP  
PARENTING WITH A JEWISH SOUL DISCUSSION 

FERTILITY YOGA WORKSHOP 
INFANT/CHILD CPR AND SAFETY
YOGA (PRENATAL OR PARENT & ME)
LABOR AND DELIVERY WORKSHOP

 

The Y Beginnings Parenting Center is a new initiative that focuses on families who are expecting and those with newborns, babies and toddlers, up to 2 years of age. This initiative is supported by a grant from the UJA-Federation of New York and offers fun, enriching, and educational opportunities for new and expectant parents and their children.