JCC Manhattan offers an amazingly broad, top-notch selection of classes to keep your kids engaged and stimulated. A nonprofit organization, the JCC is a place the entire family can attend programs, classes, and events that allow them to connect with other families as well as be nurtured in mind, body, and spirit.
JCC Manhattan is a Parenting, Programming and Media Partner of the New York Baby Show and will be at the 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.
To learn more about JCC Manhattan, we spoke with Natalie Batshaw Batalion, the organization’s director of program marketing.
For someone unfamiliar with JCC Manhattan, how would you describe the organization’s mission and core offerings?
Our mission is to help people connect as a community, make memories, and establish traditions through our classes, family programming, and celebrations.
JCC Manhattan cares deeply about quality and has a strong staff with vast knowledge of early childhood education and progressive learning experiences. Additionally, JCC Manhattan is a nonprofit organization, so when a family takes classes here, the fees go back into the organization to support community programming and provide amazing experiences to different constituent groups at the JCC. JCC Manhattan has a wide array of developmentally appropriate, fun, and engaging classes for young children.
We offer Swim, Tumbling, Sports, Cooking, Music, Dance, Science, Art, Pre-Nursery, and Jewish Life programs. JCC Manhattan believes that it is most important to nurture each child’s unique personality and offer them experiences to explore, discover, play, grow, and connect.
Tell us about the organization’s background. When did it start and how has it evolved since then?
Together with its community, JCC Manhattan creates opportunities for people to connect, grow, and learn within an ever-changing Jewish landscape. Located on 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, the JCC is a vibrant non-profit community center on the Upper West Side. The cornerstone of progressive programming in Manhattan, the JCC serves over 55,000 people annually through 1,200 programs each season that educate, inspire, and transform participants’ minds, bodies, and spirits. Since its inception, the JCC has been committed to serving the community by offering programs, classes, and events that reach beyond neighborhood boundaries, reaching people at all stages of their lives.
What are the most popular and/or newest programs from JCC Manhattan?
Babies love Tummy Time, as we play using song, rhythm, and movement to help babies reach developmental milestones. Parents and caregivers have an opportunity to connect with one another in class as well. Once they “graduate,” families love coming to Crawlers Club, and we’re introducing the next in the series – Wobbly Walkers. Our Little Maestros and Swim classes are also among the most popular offerings.
What sets JCC Manhattan apart from other organizations?
You may come for a class for your child, but you leave with an entire community. We get to know our families and your kids can grow up with the JCC as a second home. We provide Shabbat dinners, celebrations for holidays, and all the most popular classes in between, that we know kids have come to love.
What can parents expect from JCC Manhattan at the New York Baby Show?
Mara Braunfeld, our Director of the Center for Family Life, is moderating a panel from 11-11:45am called “The Journey From Pregnancy To New Parenthood.”
To learn more about JCC Manhattan, check out jccmanhattan.org.