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At our Parenting Center, families come together to connect and build friendships within a safe learning environment nurtured by our expert facilitators. This welcoming space within the Manny Cantor Center offers neighborhood families a true community, while providing support for the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of raising a family.


PARENTING CENTER PROGRAMS: FALL 2017

Please note: Sign-ups for Open Exploration, Toddler Drop-in and Open Studio will go live Monday, 9/11/17.

 

TODDLER DROP-IN
Wednesdays | 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1| 11AM-12PM | $15 per session

Come with your child to engage in an early social experience together. This welcoming and interactive environment is the perfect place to meet other neighborhood families and your toddler’s first friends. Feel free to come with questions about behavior, milestones, and next steps for you and your little one. Led by Pat Kornfeld.

Ages: 6 months- 2 years

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OPEN STUDIO
Fridays | 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 | 11AM-12PM | $15 per session

Come make a mess in our studio! Join children and other families as we explore a variety of expressive art materials in this open-ended class. Led by Shannon Galligan Stierle

Ages: 6 months – 2 years

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NEWBORN CARE
Tuesdays | 8/8, 10/3, 12/5 | 6:30-8:30PM | FREE

Find joy and humor in the care routines you create for your new baby, while building confidence in your ability and instinct. Topics include preparing your home for baby’s arrival, circumcision and umbilical cord care, bathing and dressing, as well as bottle and breastfeeding your baby. Your partner, Grandparent, or a supportive relative or friend is welcome to join!
Led by Andrea Syms-Brown

To sign up, please email Nohelia Redondo at parentingmcc@mannycantor.org

 

BREASTFEEDING PREPARATION
Tuesdays | 9/19, 11/7 | Breastfeeding Preparation | 6:30-8:30PM | FREE

This class offers you real life breastfeeding information and prepares you for the first month with your baby—the newborn period. Topics include various comfortable latch-on positions, how to tell if things are going well, and where to get help! Partners are warmly encouraged to attend.
Led by Andrea Syms-Brown

To sign up, please email Nohelia Redondo at parentingmcc@mannycantor.org

 

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays | 9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20 | 3:00-4:30PM | FREE

This breastfeeding support circle is led by International board certified lactation consultant Andrea Syms-Brown, and will address everything from nipple pain to your baby’s weight gain. You’ll get reassurance and a customized plan to make breastfeeding more manageable – and enjoyable. We will have a milk intake scale on hand so you can find out exactly how much your baby gets during a feeding. Bring your concerns, a snack, extra blanket and a few diapers.

To sign up, please email Nohelia Redondo at parentingmcc@mannycantor.org

 

FAMILY YOGA
Sundays | 9-10AM
For children ages 2-5 years
Register in person | fitness@mannycantor.org | 646.395.4285

Moms & Dads, get moving with your kids in yoga class- a great way to increase flexibility, strength, and mindfulness as a family.

 

 


FACILITATOR & INSTRUCTOR BIOS

 

PATPat Kornfeld
Pat holds a degree in Psychology and has worked with parents, caregivers, and their children for many years. She was a home visitor for Westchester Jewish Community Services in both the Parent Child Home Program as well as the Child Care Home Program. Pat has been the celebrated group facilitator in The Parenting Center since 2008 and is also the educator of 2’s Together.

 

 

Shannon Galligan-Stierle 
Shannon began her journey at The Manny Cantor Center in January ’15 in the Two’s Together program co-teaching with Pat Kornfeld.  She has enjoyed the last two years heading the 3 day 3’s classroom in the Educational Alliance Preschool but is very excited to be sharing a room with Pat once again in the Parenting Center. She holds a dual Masters in Early Childhood General and Special Education and has been teaching children from the age of 2 to 8 years old for 14 years in various capacities. Her first NYC teaching experience was at the JCC in Manhattan where she had the privilege of working with Jacqueline Marks for several years. She also worked for many years as a Special Education Itinerate Teacher and private tutor. Also, formally an actress and singer, she enjoys using her love of imagination and playfulness to inspire her students. Shannon loves spending time with children, helping them reach their full potential and making learning fun for them.

 

IMG_0685Siewli Stark
Siewli Stark is a 200-hr certified yoga teacher and a certified children’s yoga teacher with a passion for teaching mindfulness and yoga to children. In addition to using her newfound love of the ukulele to bring music into her classrooms, Siewli teaches yoga to adults and children with special needs, as well as weekly Vinyasa Yoga, Parent + Toddler Yoga, and Family Yoga classes at Manny Canter Fitness Center and at other centers throughout the city. When she’s not teaching kids, she likes to dance, sing, cook, spend time with her baby niece, practice AcroYoga in the park, and travel.

 

IMG_0120Andrea Syms-Brown
Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, is the founder of Baby in the Family bitfamseries.com—a series specializing in prenatal education and postpartum support. Her popular workshops have been hosted at various locations in the city for over a decade. Andrea provides individual postpartum lactation support in NYC and the tristate area and has most recently served as both President and Education Director of the New York Lactation Consultant Association.

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