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Parenting Seminars

Fostering Healthy Families through Parent Education

Cost: Free with RSVP
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

This workshop will examine children’s friendships and how parents can help children weather the ins and outs that go along with this territory, with more confidence. 

Jill Shugart, MFT, has 35 years experience helping parents understand their children and find solutions that work. As a former preschool director at the Beth El Nursery School and Gan Ilan Preschool, and as a parent coach and parent workshop leader, Jill helps parents and couples build intimate family connections and more satisfying personal and family lives. Jill has a private psychotherapy practice for individuals, couples, adolescents, and families in Berkeley and Walnut Creek.

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 throughout the year, such as separation difficulties, limit setting, and play dates and social relationship at preschool.

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 

How does respecting children give them freedom to be themselves within firm and clear boundaries? Apply these theories to real-time parenting challenges such as sleep, independence, separation and conflict resolution. 

Janet Harris is currently the Director of the Early Childhood and Family Engagement Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood Jewish Education for over 30 years. During that time, Janet has worked for a central agency of Jewish Education in the East Bay, has founded both an Orthodox and Conservative Jewish preschool, and has been a Jewish community preschool Director for many years. Janet is a graduate of the Melton Program for Jewish Education in the Diaspora, a year-long fellowship program based at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has also been a Wexner Heritage Fellow, completed the Mandel Teacher Education Initiative, and has been a Richard Dinner Fellow at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Ms. Harris holds California Teaching Credentials in Early Childhood Education and Parent Education. Janet studied at Pacific Oaks College for her bachelor's degree in Human Development and holds her master's degree in Educational Leadership. Ms. Harris is an ardent supporter of a democratic and pluralistic Israel, and has been a member of the ECHAD professional committee, a JCF committee that serves Early Childhood Education projects in the Israeli Arab communities of Israel. She is a member of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA.


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