Baby and Toddler Programs

The following programs are designed for babies and toddlers and their parents or caregivers.

Perachim (Flowers)

For children 12–30 months

With Monika Clark

This play-based group offers toddlers a chance to explore, expanding their large motor skills through physical activities and using fine motor skills for art and projects including painting, pegboards and puzzles. Parents and caregivers have time to get to know each other while toddlers play. Sharing and kindness are modeled and facilitated by Monika Clark, a former JCC East Bay Preschool teacher. Each week includes a toddler-friendly Shabbat celebration. 

Winter Session: Fridays, January 5 - March 16 (no class February 16) 

Time: 9:30-11 AM

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fees: $195 Member/$220 Non-Member (10 weeks)

Register online! 

Free trial class available.

Nitzanim (Buds)

For babies newborn to 12 months

With Stacia Biltekoff

Are you a parent with a new baby? Join us to meet other parents and share connection, community, and support. Each week will feature a short presentation from a variety of child development experts on topics like sleep, nutrition, developmental milestones, massage and discussion of how to connect more with the Jewish community. Stacia Biltekoff, president of the Board of Directors of Birthways, Doula and Educator facilitates this group. There will be plenty of time to learn from and bond with each other, too!

Stacia Biltekoff is a Doula, Support Group Facilitator, and president of the Board of Directors of BirthWays with a BA in Early Childhood Education.


Winter Session: Tuesdays, January 16 through February 20

Time: 10:30 AM-12 PM

Location: Berkeley Branch

Fees: $120 Member/$140 Non-Member

Register online! 

Pre-registration required.



Spring Session: Tuesdays, April 17 through May 22
Summer Session: Tuesdays, July 10 through August 14

JCC East Bay is an inclusive community; all backgrounds welcome - ALL parents welcome!

*Cost is for full session; we are unable to offer make-up sessions or refunds for missed sessions. 

**Financial assistance may be available.

For more information, please contact Kaiya Shepard at or Early Childhood Education Director, Ruth Petersen Shorer at 510.848.0237, ext. 122 or