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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.


Tuesdays | 7/9 & 8/6 | 6:30–9PM | 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 your name (and partner’s name), address, and due date or age of your child to Nohelia Redondo at

Tuesdays | 7/23 & 8/20 | 6:30–9PM | 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 your name (and partner’s name), address, and due date or age of your child to Nohelia Redondo at

Wednesdays | 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, & 8/20 | 3:30–5:30PM | 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 your name (and partner’s name), address, and due date or age of your child to Nohelia Redondo at


2-5 years old | MONDAYS | 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24 | 3PM-4PM | FREE

12-36 months | WEDNESDAYS | 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5, 6/12 | 11AM – 12PM | FREE

Join our Community Music Teaching Artist Mariano Wainsztein for an hour of music, movement and joyful noise! This interactive session incorporates singing and dancing with open-ended exploration of instruments, percussion and other soundmakers.

To sign up, please email your name (and partner’s name), address, and due date or age of your child to Nohelia Redondo at


Mariano Wainsztein

Born in Argentina and raised in Israel, Mariano Wainsztein is a New York-based musician and filmmaker. He studied composition at the Tel-Aviv Music Academy and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague; Mariano holds an MFA from Hunter College in Media Arts. Wainsztein has composed music for Israeli artists including The Batsheva Dance Ensemble, the choreographer Emanuel Gat and the visual artist Guy Ben-Ner. Mariano Wainsztein is a National Board of Review of Motion Pictures awardee for his documentary film the Animal in You; featuring renowned classical singer Andreas Scholl. He is a teaching artist at Educational Alliance; and an adjunct professor in the Film and Media department at Hunter College.

IMG_0120Andrea Syms-Brown
Andrea Syms-Brown, IBCLC, is the founder of Baby in the Family—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.

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.

Pat KornfeldPAT
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.


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