Circles

Would you like to attend a weekly drop-in support group for parents?

Circles are free, drop-in, supportive groups facilitated by Parenting Village professionals with expertise in family relationships and infant/child development. These groups offer parents the opportunity to share their joys and challenges with one another in a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. In Circles, parents make meaningful connections, learn and grow together, and receive the support that they need to offer the best of themselves to their children.

Baby-Toddler Circle – For parents with babies up to 3 years old. We welcome anyone to join, whether you find yourself in need of extra support, are looking for connection, or want to share your experience with others! Babies/toddlers are welcome to come and play!

When: Fridays 10:00 am – 11:15 am (see our Facebook page for dates)
Where: 1815 S. Clinton Ave., Building 400 Suite 448, Rochester, NY 14618 (please note this is a new location)

Space generously donated by Emily Krohn, LCSW-R and Dr. Miri Arie/Social Endeavors.

Out of the Blue – For mothers experiencing challenges in the perinatal period. Whether you are going through stress, adjustment to parenting, Baby Blues, pregnancy or postpartum depression or anxiety, this Circle offers a supportive place to connect with other moms who are also managing the same issues. Babies/toddlers are welcome to come and play!

While Out of the Blue is co-facilitated by a Licensed Social Worker and a Lactation Consultant, this group is non-clinical in nature. We will offer peer support and cannot give professional advice, diagnose, prescribe, or in any way treat Postpartum Mood Disorders.

When: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 12:00 pm -1:30 PM (see our Facebook page for dates)
Where: Irondequoit Child and Family Wellness Group
809 East Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14621

Life After NICU: Parent Support Circle – For parents and caretakers of babies and young children who spent time in neonatal intensive care.

It is hard to be in the NICU, but it is even harder to come home without additional supports and often with a baby who has special needs. Many times, family and friends don’t understand what you have been through or what you need to do to continue to care for your child. This group provides an opportunity to be around other parents who understand. Please consider taking care of yourself for one night by joining us. Due to concerns regarding the potentially compromised immune systems of babies who have been in the NICU, we currently do not include little ones in this Circle.

When: 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:00pm-8:30pm (see our Facebook page for dates)
Where: Irondequoit Public Library, Second floor conference room (sign will be on the door) 1290 Titus Ave., Rochester, NY 14617

School-Age Circle – For parents of children ages 4-10. We welcome anyone to join, whether you find yourself in need of extra support, are looking for connection, or want to share your experience with others!

Please reserve your spot for the School-Age Circle by emailing us at connect@parentingvillage.org. We request that only adults be present at the School-Age Circle, but your children have the opportunity to join the Jewish Community Center’s SitterService (for children under 4) or the PlayGym (for children 4-10) while you attend the group. (Some extra notes if using SitterService or the PlayGym: Please arrive 15 minutes early – you will need to sign your children in. Socks are required for the PlayGym. Please provide diapers/wipes if needed.) Please note that you must have a picture ID to enter the building. You do not need to be a JCC member to attend the Circle.

When: The 3rd Sunday of the month, 9:30 am – 10:45 am (see our Facebook page for dates)
Where: The JCC 1200 Edgewood Ave Rochester, NY 14618

Space and childcare services are generously donated by the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester.

Do you need immediate assistance? Call 911 or 211 (www.211.org). Do you need ongoing support? See Postpartum Support International.

Have questions? Contact us at connect@parentingvillage.org or at 585.270.1832

“Circle gives you a chance, and permission, to focus on yourself and your needs and triumphs for a moment!”

-Circle participant