Parenting Classes

The SJCC is recognized for family outreach, parent education and support, and social activities for infants to five year olds.

We offer activities in a warm and nurturing environment for people of all ages: infants, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and grandparents. Our educational classes and lectures, support groups, and baby playtime bring our our center alive with activity and learning.

Our programs, classes, and support services are designed to strengthen emotional bonds between parents and children and promote optimal child development.

The SJCC believes in families and values parents as vital to child development. During the challenging and fun early childhood years, the SJCC  will inspire a shared early learning experience to support the growth and development of our community’s children.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact SJCC Senior Director of Community Connections Dana Weiner or call 206-388-1994.


Current and Upcoming Classes

Creative Beginnings 2018-19

Creative Beginnings a time for your child – together with a parent or caregiver – to explore the richness of our Early Childhood School program through art, creative play, music, and storytelling. Parents and children will explore and socialize alongside longtime Early Childhood School teacher Laura Selby (15-24 months) or Cubba Reece (8-14 months). As your children develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills in this group setting, parents and caregivers also develop a community of new friends and enter the J family. Open exploration is followed by group time over refreshments; parents and teacher take turns supplying a small snack. If you have questions about this class, please contact Laura Selby . Minimum of 6 families; maximum of 8 families.

  Ages Schedule Dates monthly price annual price
Creative Beginnings 1 8-14 months Thurs,
Sept 20, 2018-June 6, 2019
(no class Nov 22; Dec 20, 27; Apr 11)
M: $79.50
G: $85
M: $795 
G: $850
Creative Beginnings 2 15-24 months Mon, 9:30-10:45a Sept 17, 2018-June 3, 2019
(no class Sept 24; Dec 17, 24, 31; Jan 14; Feb 18; Apr 22; May 27)
M: $79.50
G: $85
M: $795 
G: $850

Courageous Compassion for Caregivers of Children

Wednesday, April 11-June 6 | 6:30-8:15 pm
(No class May 23)
$125 per person*

Caring for children is one of the most important jobs in the world, yet parents and educators are rarely given the support and tools they need for success. Courageous Compassion offers a comprehensive framework that integrates current research in neuroscience, social-emotional learning, mindfulness, and developmental and social psychology to support parents, grandparents, and educators in deepening both their self-care and their capacity for care and connection with the children in their lives.   

This popular 8-week course introduces Courage of Care’s three modes of care and compassion: receiving care; self-care; and extending care. It is designed to help you strengthen your personal practice of mindfulness and compassion, learn strategies for compassionate caregiving, and grow and learn in community with one another. In each meeting, we will discuss the science and theory of compassion, be introduced to several mindfulness and compassion practices that strengthen our capacity for receiving and giving care, and along the way will create a community of “carers” who support one another’s learning and practice. Class size will be limited to 20. For questions about the content of the course, please contact instructor Kelly Moore.  For registration questions contact Dana Weiner.

*We do not want cost to be a limiting factor, so please contact Dana Weiner to discuss financial support.

Kelly Conroy Moore, Ph.D. Kelly has always believed that the best way to support children and teens is to work in tandem with the adults in their lives. She has worked as primary and family therapist, researcher and educator in schools, community mental health centers, private practice, and inpatient psychiatry. She holds a PhD in Social Work from University of Texas at Austin, an MSW from University of Southern California, and a BA in Psychology from Occidental College. Most recently she was Director of Counseling and Learning Support at Eastside Preparatory school where she created and directed the learning support, counseling, and parent education programs there. She is fascinated by the intersection of contemplative practice and mental health for children and adults and completed a year-long training in Mindful Schools, participated in the Call to Care program at Mind and Life and has been teaching mindfulness and compassion to students, teachers and parents. She is Director of Education and Parenting for Courage of Care, a non-profit dedicated to teaching compassion and mindfulness practices along with tools for systemic change in order to create a more just and equitable world. She currently teaches the highly popular Courageous Compassion course for parents and staff at Eastside Preparatory School.

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