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Baby and Toddler Programs

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

Parent and Baby Support Group

with Jen Miriam Altman, MA, for children 0-11 months

TUE, FEB 4-MAR 17, 10-11:30 AM
Cost: Early Bird $180, General $200
Register online! 

Becoming a new parent is a big change. Come join the parent support group to receive encouragement and backing while making new friends for you and your baby. The group will include time for personal check-ins and discussions about relevant parenting topics. You’ll also learn through Jewish wisdom and a chance to bond with your baby through music and celebration of Jewish traditions. Guest speakers and experts will give short presentations while addressing issues and offering advice.

Financial assistance is available: for inquiries

Perachim (Flowers)

with Monika Clark, for children 12-30 months

Join us to explore with your child! This is an exciting, play-based program for toddlers (12-30 months) and caregivers. Through play, art, music, stories, and Jewish rituals, we build community.

All families are welcome at the JCC. Together we create an environment in which families from diverse backgrounds feel comfortable exploring the beauty of early childhood and of our Jewish heritage. We grow together in a supportive community that enriches all of our lives.

Monika Clark, former preschool teacher at the JCC East Bay, lovingly works with children from infancy through kindergarten and their parents. As a mother, she is a great resource for parents. Her warmth and enthusiasm are inspiring.


Winter 2020: JAN 10-MAR 20 (No Class 2/14 – Closed for ECE Conference)
Spring 2020: APR 10-JUN 19 (No Class 5/29- Closed for Shavuot)
Summer 2020: JUL 10-AUG 7 (5 weeks)

Time: 9:30-11 AM, Fridays
Location: Berkeley Branch
Cost: $210 Early bird; $235 General (10 weeks)

Register online! 
Free trial class available
Scholarships may be available




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

Presented in Collaboration with Sprout East Bay and PJ Library East Bay