New moms can pick and choose from among a myriad of local parenting centers to educate and offer support in their new parenting endeavor. The emergence of parenting centers all started right here in New York City. The 92Y’s Parenting Center was the country’s first parenting center back in 1980. Today, it still holds the same mission: to be a supportive, encouraging, and positive place for new and expectant families. It offers both new classes and old favorites in their parenting repertoire.
What’s more, they will be at the New York Baby Show on May 20 and 21, at Pier 94.
The nation’s largest show for expectant and new families, the New York Baby Show is a wonderful family-friendly mega-event featuring everything to do with maternity, baby, and toddler. From top products to trusted parenting experts, the New York Baby Show welcomes thousands of expectant and new parents from New York City, the Tri-State area, and beyond!
Tickets to the New York Baby Show are $30 per family, and $20 per individual.
We spoke with a member of the 92Y team, to learn more about the brand and what new parents can expect at the New York Baby Show.
For someone unfamiliar with 92Y, how would you describe the company’s mission and core offerings?
92Y’s Parenting Center has been a supportive place for new parents and expecting families for over 30 years. With experienced teachers and an incredible roster of classes, it’s a mecca for families. It’s a place for parents and parents-to-be to be part of a vibrant community and make lasting friendships.
Tell us about the organization’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
92Y’s Parenting Center was the first in the country, beginning in 1980, and has been a model for parenting centers around the country. It was at the forefront of women returning to the workforce in ever-increasing numbers, and was a place for mothers to connect with other parents. Since then we’re greatly increased the number and types of programs we offer. We’re a place for families – moms, dads, caregivers, grandparents, etc.
What are the most popular and/or newest programs from 92Y?
Popular classes include New Parent Get-Togethers, a drop-in class that focuses on a new and vital topic every week; the New Mother, New Baby support group, for intimate group discussions; Parent/Infant Observation, to deepen your understanding and awareness of your child’s temperament and behavioral cues; and Caregiver Connection, for caregivers to get support and information.
We’re also introducing postpartum exercise classes.
What sets 92Y apart from other community centers?
You can be here as a newborn and continue at 92Y as you grow. There are learning opportunities for toddlers, classes in music, dance, art, and fitness; summer camp; then you can come back as a parent for classes with your own children, support groups, etc.
What can parents expect from 92Y at the New York Baby Show?
Parenting Center Director Sally Tannen will discuss ways to join a community of other parents, and offers support and advice.
To learn more about 92Y, check out 92y.org/parenting.