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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston

Enjoy special time together, connect with other parents, and learn skills and techniques to enhance your family's goals and create lifelong memories.

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Welcome Baby! Meet-ups, Metro North

Panera Bread, First Wednesday of each month (year round) 11am-12:30pm

Designed for parents with babies ages 0-1 year
Meet other parents with babies, and enjoy a cup of coffee in a relaxed setting the first Wednesday of each month. Staff from the JCC and Jewish Family & Children's Services of Greater Boston will advise on area resources and upcoming programs. For more information, contact metronorth@jccgb.org or 617-841-8009.

Lactation Consults

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Consults available by appointment.

Designed for new moms
Lactation Consult - Meet individually with a professional breastfeeding specialist trained to teach mothers how to feed their baby. During this consult you will receive hands-on assistance with your breastfeeding problems, such as latching difficulties, painful nursing, low milk production, low weight gain, pumping, just to name a few. Includes a care plan and follow up via phone and email. 75 Minute in office consult. Partners welcome!

Consults available by appointment.  Call to inquire regarding other time slots.
Cost:  $115; JCC Members:  $100
Cost for Multiples:  $145; JCC Members:  $130

To schedule, contact earlyparenting@jccgb.org or 617-558-6485
Bio: Melanie Venuti, IBCLC, RLC, CHBE
Melanie has been working in the maternal and child health field for many years beginning in pediatric nutrition where she developed a passion for breastfeeding support and parental education. Her focus is breastfeeding consultations, prenatal breastfeeding education, and family support. She is also a certified Happiest Baby on the Block educator, teaching the soothing techniques of Dr. Harvey Karp. 

For more information, call 617-558-6485 or earlyparenting@jccgb.org.

Metro North Playground Meet-ups!

Parks North of Boston, Tuesdays, May 13-August 12 (10am)

Geared for children ages 0-5 with adult
Open to the entire community • Snacks provided

Make friends for you and your kids at local playgrounds.

May 13....... Hodgkins-Curtin Park (Davis Square, Somerville)
May 20....... Whittemore Robbins Playground (Arlington)
May 27....... Rev. William Playground (North Cambridge)
June 3......... Hodgkins-Curtin Park
June 10 ...... Whittemore Robbins Playground
June 17 ...... Rev. William Playground
June 24 ...... Hodgkins-Curtin Park
July 1.......... Whittemore Robbins Playground
July 8.......... Rev. William Playground
July 15........ Hodgkins-Curtin Park
July 22........ Whittemore Robbins Playground
July 29........ Rev. William Playground
August 5..... Hodgkins-Curtin Park
August 12... Whittemore Robbins Playground

In case of inclement weather call 215-301-9282 after 9am on Tuesday mornings for program updates, or join JCC playdate at jccplaydate-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to be notified of weather updates and program changes.
For more information, please contact metronorth@jccgb.org.

Look for the staff member with a yellow flag at each park
• Hodgkins-Curtin Park by the toddler slide near the baby swings
• Rev. William Playground by the water park
• Whittemore Robbins Playground by the play structure

Directions to each location
Hodgkins-Curtin Park ~ Somerville (Davis Square)
This playground is located on Holland Street at Simpson Avenue and Paulina Street. There is two hour parking on Holland Street near the playground and a municipal parking lot on Holland Street at Buena Vista Road that takes credit card. The Park is a 5 minute walk from the Davis T Stop on the red line.
Whittemore Robbins Playground ~ Arlington
This playground is located behind the Robbins Library and the Whittemore Robbins House. There is a small parking lot beyond the library’s lot, with additional parking spots available on Mass. Ave. The #77 bus runs along Mass. Ave.
Rev. William Playground ~ Cambridge
This playground is located between Massachusetts Ave. and Rindge Avenue, on the cross streets of Dudley and Cedar in the North Cambridge area. There are parking meters on Mass. Ave. The nearest public transit is the #77 bus along Mass. Ave. to Dudley Street.

Metrowest Playground Meet-ups

Parks West of Boston, Fridays, June 20-August 22 (10am)

Geared for children ages 0-5 years with adult
Everyone welcome • snack included
Make friends for you and your kids at local playgrounds

June 20 .......... Walnut Hill (Natick)
June 27 .......... SMILE Tot Lot (Sudbury)
July 11 ........... Choate Park (Medway)
July 18 ........... Kidspot (Ashland)
July 25*.......... Hannah Williams Park (Wayland)
Have little one under one year? Join Welcome Baby!
Bring a blanket, toys and snacks to play in the shade.
August 1 ........ No meet-up ~ Shabbat in the Park
(Village Green in Framingham Centre)
5:30-7pm • Bring a picnic dinner
August 8 ........ EMC Park (Hopkinton)
August 15...... Cushing Memorial Park (Framingham)
August 22...... Goodwill Park (Holliston)
Look for the blue flag at all parks to find JFN at the playgrounds. 

In case of inclement weather, meet at JFS Children’s Room, 475 Franklin Street, Framingham. Visit facebook.com/jewishfamilynetwork after 9am on Fridays for weather updates.

For more information, contact metrowest@jccgb.org or 508-879-3300.
Address of each location
Walnut Hill • Intersection of Bacon Street, Walnut Street and Belvedere Street, Natick
SMILE Tot Lot • 12 Fairbank Road, Sudbury
Choate Park • Rte. 109/Main Street, Medway
Kidspot • Summer Street, between Rte. 135 and Main Street, Ashland
Hannah Williams Park • Cochituate Road, Rte. 27 and Rte. 30, Wayland
EMC Park • 131 Massachusetts 85, Hopkinton
Cushing Memorial Park • Dudley Road, Framingham
Goodwill Park • 416 Green Street, Holliston

Animal Craze Petting Zoo at the JCC Early Learning Center, Brookline/Brighton

Geared for families with children ages 1-5 years

JCC Early Learning Center, Brookline/Brighton, Sunday, July 27 (11am-12pm)

Treat your child to a fun, educational, hands-on learning experience with baby animals at the JCC Early Learning Center, Brookline/Brighton. Animal Craze will be held rain or shine.  Everyone welcome.  After the petting zoo, tour the JCC Early Learning Center for children ages 15 months-5 years. Early drop-off and extended day available.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 

For more information, contact brookline-elc@jccgb.org or 617-278-2950.

The Bubble Music Man at the JCC Early Learning Center in Wayland

Geared for families with children ages 1-5 years

JCC Early Learning Center in Wayland, Wednesday, July 30 (10-11am)

The Bubble Music Man will perform at the JCC Early Learning Center in Wayland. This interactive program brings together musical fun, interactivity and bubbles. Held rain or shine. Everyone welcome. After the Bubble Man, tour the JCC Early Learning Center for children ages 15 months-5 years. Early drop-off and extended day available.

All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. 

For more information, contact wayland-elc@jccgb.org or 508-358-5331.

Preparing For Your Newborn

Jefferson Cutter House Gallery, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (7-9:30pm)

For Expectant Parents
Learn the basic information you need in order to feel confident taking care of your newborn and set realistic expectations in this transition to parenthood so you can enjoy this very special time with your new little one. Topics that this workshop will cover are:

  • Basic infant care including swaddling, bathing , diapering, feeding
  • Soothing and settling techniques
  • Proper use of infant car seat/car seat safety
  • Finding Support in Your Community
  • Navigating visitors and family members

Instructor: Liz Marino. Liz has worked with babies and their families for 14 years- as a Child Care Coordinator, Parenting Educator at Boston Medical Center, and Program Director of Evelyn's House, a residential program for new teen mothers. Liz holds a Master's Degree in Family Support and Parenting Education from Wheelock College.
To view our full listing of early parenting programs, visit bostonjcc.org/earlyparenting. For more information contact earlyparenting@jccgb.org or 617-558-6485.

Shabbat in the Park

Framingham Village Green, Friday, August 1, 2014 (5:30-7pm)

For families with children 0-5 yrs

Celebrate Shabbat (welcoming the Sabbath) with an outdoor picnic in a relaxed setting with family and friends. Stay for the Framingham Concert on the Green. Families provide their own picnic meal.

For more information, contact: metrowest@jccgb.org or 508-879-3300.

JCC Day at Grossman

JCC Camp Grossman, Sunday, August 10, 2014 1-4pm

Geared for families with children
Spend the afternoon at camp with your family! Enjoy a range of activities including: waterfront (beach, swimming, boating, water trampoline, water slide, fishing and more), sports (newcomb, gaga, basketball, street hockey, capture the flag and more), arts and crafts and the rock climbing wall. GPS address: 294 Powissett Street, Dover. No raindate. Check bostonjcc.org/grossmanjccday after 11am on the day of the event for an update. All JCC arts and humanities offerings are programs of the Ryna Greenbaum JCC Center for the Arts. For more information, contact grossman@jccgb.org or 617-244-5124.

Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center, Newton Open House

Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Thursday, August 14, 2014 5-6pm

Designed for families with children ages 6 weeks-five years
A vibrant, engaging learning environment with Jewish values at the core: this is the essence of the Bernice B. Godine JCC Early Learning Center. The Center nurtures children, embraces families, mentors educators, and in every way possible brings out the best in children and in our community. Tuition includes family membership at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC. For more information, contact newton-elc@jccgb.org or 617-558-6420.

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