Circles

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

Circles are free 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 10:30 am – 11:45 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.

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.

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!

Out Of The Blue is facilitated by Dianne Cassidy, MA, IBCLC and Alexa Weeks, LMSW. Dianne is a Lactation Consultant and childbirth/health educator with over 10 years of experience. She has 3 biological children and 3 step children, and offers her personal wisdom, a gentle ear and listening presence to this peer support group. Alexa is a licensed social worker who specializes in prenatal, postpartum and parenting issues. Alexa has particular expertise working with women and men experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia, miscarriage/infant loss, birth trauma and/or attachment difficulties after a birth. Alexa is also a birth doula and lactation counselor. Please note that 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

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