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Parenting Seminars

Fostering Healthy Families through Parent Education

Cost: Free
Childcare available for $10 per child, ages 2 and up.

Seminars include topics relevant to all new (and experienced!) parents. Held in locations throughout Berkeley.

Co-sponsored by JCC East Bay, Beth El Nursery School, Gan Shalom Preschool, Netivot Shalom Preschool, Sprout, and PJ Library


NOV 17
Gan Shalom Preschool, Berkeley 

Child Protection Workshop for Adults
Parents, educators, and other adult leaders: learn skills to keep kids safe with people including strangers, peers, and others at school, out in the world, at home, on social media... everywhere!

In this class, we’ll practice ways to protect kids from harm and how to prepare them to take charge of their own safety. We’ll show age- appropriate ways to teach kids how to:

  •  Make safety plans for public places
  •  Move away from possible trouble
  •  Follow Stranger Safety rules
  •  Set & respect boundaries
  •  Use safety skills online
  •  Be & act aware & confident
  •  Stay safe from hurtful words
  •  Get help from adults to be safe
  •  Stop unwanted touch & attention
  •  Deal with peer pressure & bullying

Navigating Sibling Relationships and Friendships with Jill Shugart

JAN 12
Congregation Beth El Nursery School, Berkeley

What Now? Solving YOUR Parenting Challenges with Rachel Biale

JCC East Bay, Berkeley branch

The workshop will focus on YOUR parenting questions with an emphasis on issues that come up at the beginning of a new school year, such as separation difficulties, limit setting, the end-of-the-day meltdown, and play dates and social relationships at preschool. Bring your questions; Rachel will address each one.

Rachel Biale is a clinical social worker. She has worked as a therapist specializing in families and young children and has had a parenting counseling practice for well over 30 years. She worked as a clinician at Jewish Family and Community Services of the East Bay and wrote a parenting advice column in the J. - "Parenting for the Perplexed" (slated to return to J. this fall). Her new book, "What Now? 2-Minute Tips for Solving Common Parenting Challenges" covers birth to 10 and will become your "parenting buddy/mentor" on this amazing journey. It will be available for pre-order (at a steep discount) at the workshop.

Building Resistance and Risk Taking with Janet Harris

MAR 29
Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley



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