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 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. 

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

Warmly,
Mara

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Y Beginnings Programs


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


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 our experiences, ask questions on our minds and learn from one another, all in a welcoming and inclusive environment that honors the unique path of each family.
2017 DATES: Thursdays, October 19; November 2 and 16; December 7 and 21. Any changes to the schedule will be posted here. The New Moms Group alternates Thursdays with the Breastfeeding Cafe.   
Note: There are no groups on November 23, December 28. 
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 and their little ones. Join us with your babies, your breastfeeding questions (whether or not you have any!) and your new-nursing-mom stories. Babies play or snooze while moms chat and gain valuable support and community from each other and the group's facilitator, a Certified Lactation Counselor. The Breastfeeding Cafe is open to both pregnant women and nursing moms. Group is led by Mara Bragg, CLC.
2017 DATES: Thursdays, October 26; November 9 and 30; December 14. Any changes to the schedule will be posted here. The Breastfeeding Cafe alternates Thursdays with the New Moms Group. 
Note: There are no groups on November 23, December 28. 
TIME: 12:30 to 1:30 pm, FREE for all moms and babies
LOCATION: Room 208


Classes for Babies and Caregivers

Be Baby: Discovery Zone
From tummy time and beyond, increasingly mobile babies explore and discover in a classroom setting, including circle time with live ukulele music and story time with PJ Library. Grown-ups enjoy a supportive environment to build their own community. 
AGE RANGE: for babies from 6 to 12 months old, with parent or caregiver  
FALL SCHEDULE: Fridays from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm, on November 3, 10, 17 and December 1, 8, 15. 
FEE: drop-in for $20/class or save with a six-session series for $100; click here for the registration form


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!

TODDLER AND PARENT EXPLORATION
Fall Semester 2017 is full! Email (mbragg@ywashhts.org) to be placed on a waiting list for Spring 2018, which starts in late January 2018, through May 2018.  
Children explore and discover through play-based centers, and enjoy music and creative movement during circle time. The 75-minute class is designed to emphasize play, socialization and learning the rhythms of the classroom, while the child's parent or caregiver is also present. Throughout the semester, children enjoy the freedom to play, grow and gain confidence in a classroom setting. 
AGE RANGE: for children from 1 year (walking) to 2 years 3 months by December 31, 2017.   
FALL SCHEDULE: Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am, from September 28, 2017 to January 18, 2018. Note holiday cancellations on November 23 and December 28. 
FEE: $400 for the Tuesday OR Thursday session (15 classes); $675 for both days (30 classes)
   

WEE JAM MUSIC CLASS WITH TKIYA
Children build a strong music foundation through singing, dancing and jamming to a mix of musical instruments. Class is led this fall by Zack from Tkiya.
AGE RANGE: for babies and toddlers (through 36 months) with their grown-up
SCHEDULE: Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15 
FEE: $150 *Miss the start of the session? Join now for a pro-rated amount.*
REGISTRATION FORM: click here  

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. Visit our Super Soccer Stars page to learn more.


Jewish Engagement

JEWISH FAMILY PROGRAMS: UKULELE SHABBAT
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 (a real puppet!). 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, including the full schedule of dates, including holiday cancellations.  


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.