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Parenting Center

Every step starts here

From the moment you even think about starting a family, 92Y’s Parenting Center is here to support you. We know that as well as the wonders and rewards, every stage of parenting can bring new challenges. Our programs are designed to help you navigate the perplexities of parenting every step of the way—from pre-natal preparation to infant care to toddler development and beyond.

The 92Y Parenting Center is far more than just a place to take a class. Parents form lifelong friendships here—it’s a place where community is built, and we welcome our families back for advice and support at every stage of family life. As the first center of its kind in the nation, we established the model, and we continue to set the standard.

It’s why, when it comes to getting the best help for parents, every step starts here.

Faculty

Sally Tannen

Director

Sally Tannen joined 92Y in 2002, taking the reins of its groundbreaking Parenting Center.

Wendy Goldstein

Associate Director

As the new Associate Director of the Parenting Center, Wendy Goldstein works with parents and staff as a valuable resource. She continues in the classroom as part of the 2s and 3s Together team. Wendy Goldstein has been on the staff of the 92Y Parenting Center for over a decade.

Rebecca Schoffer

Director of Jewish Family Engagement

Rebecca Schoffer originally hails from Margate, NJ. An alumna of Tufts University and the Atlantic Acting Conservatory, Rebecca has been teaching and working with children and the creative arts since moving to New York in 2008.

Jody Bernstein

Jody Bernstein has worked at 92nd Street Y for several years. She has experience in a number of different departments. Jody has her masters in elementary/secondary special education from Bank Street and has worked with all ages ranging from young babies to adults.

Karen Blumberg

Karen Blumberg started out as a Parenting Center member, taking her newborn to our New Mother, New Baby classes over 17 years ago – and she hasn’t left yet!

Alice W. Dunsker

Alice W. Dunsker has taught Baby Massage for the last 15 years and is here to support parents. She believes baby massage is a wonderful way to help parent and baby bond. For her, baby massage is a restorative experience for little ones.

Gabrielle Greenberg

Gabrielle Greenberg has been on the faculty and has played a key role in the growth and expansion of the Parenting Center program for over 25 years.

Claire Lewin

Claire Lewin has over 20 years of teaching experience, ranging from kindergarten to 1st and 2nd grades. She has been a leader at the Parenting Center for over ten years and her two children attended the Parenting Center when they were younger.

Melanie Mandel

Melanie Mandel has been a leader with the Parenting Center for over 6 years and currently co-leads our 2s and 3s Together program. Melanie has directed 92nd Street Y special needs programs since 1997.

Andrea Scannell

Andrea Scannell is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and holds a Masters Degree in education. At 92nd Street Y, Andrea teaches the prenatal breastfeeding workshop and runs the weekly breastfeeding support group.

Petra Shapiro

Petra Shapiro is a 28-year veteran of the Parenting Center! She has taught a multitude of Parenting Center programming, including all of our Parkbench classes, our 2’s Days classes, Little Explorers, Kids in the Kitchen, Babies Together and our new drop-in, Not Your Typical Story Hour.

Michelle Shoham

Michelle Shoham is an integral part of the Parenting Center, leading classes and playgroups for young children, and supporting parents on a wide variety of child development and parenting issues.

Diana Simkin

Diana Simkin has a BA from Cornell University and Master’s Degree in Dance Education from NYU and is both a certified personal trainer (specializing in pre and post natal exercise and also Pilates) and a Lamaze International-certified childbirth educator.

The 92Y Parenting Center Advisory Committee

 
  • Julie & Jonathan Art
    Lauren & Lee Fixel
    Shauna & Jonathan Friedman
    Emily & Charles Grace
    Catalina Hayata & Jake Bisneius
    Claire James & Ethan Ravetch
    Kara Jesella & Marc Ellenbogen

  • Jenny Sharfstein-Kane & Andy Kane
    Alice & Jeff Keimweiss
    Loren & Casey Klein
    Lauren & Andrew Kolchins
    Talli & Matthew Levine
    Bea Maidana & Tony Strauss
    Julia & Ed Mintz

  • Samantha & Matthew Nowak
    Andrea Olshan & Michael Odell
    Lauren & Mark Posner
    Bari & David Rausnitz
    Amanda & Paul Spagnoletti
    Georgia & Brett Sussman
    Jackie & Brian Swanson


Learn more about how you can support the Parenting Center and commemorate your family’s time in our programs.

Contact Us

For more information, email or call us at 212.415.5500.