Y Beginnings
Parenting Center

Whether you’re a new parent, expecting a baby, or chasing a toddler, we’re so glad you found us! Welcome! 

The Y is here for all families, as your community, your resource, your hub of activities, and your connection to local parents and children.

We look forward to meeting you, and welcoming your family to the Y!

Check out the Y Beginnings Parenting Center and some of our other early childhood programs and activities:

Parent + Baby Yoga Classes
Parent & Baby Yoga
This yoga series is designed for parents/caregivers with pre-crawling babies and takes place at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. Birthing parents should be six+ weeks postpartum, and cleared by their doctor before joining class. Classes take place from 11:15am-12:00pm on the following dates:
  • 5/23
  • 5/30
  • 6/6
  • 6/13
  • 6/20

Visit our Eventbrite page to register.

New Moms Group

New Moms Group

Guided by weekly prompts, new moms with babies through six months who live in Upper Manhattan are invited to gather in local community and share from their experience, ask questions or just listen, in a supportive and inclusive environment that honors each unique family.

We are holding sessions on Tuesdays from 10:00am -12:00pm at the Y during the following dates:

  • 5/7
  • 5/14
  • 5/21
  • 5/28
  • 6/4
  • 6/11
  • 6/18
  • 6/25


Registration is required and group sizes are limited. To register, visit our Eventbrite page

If you’d like to be added to our email list for information about future sessions, please complete this interest form.  

Ukulele Shabbat
Come sing and dance with us as we welcome Shabbat with live music, blessings, challah, and friends. All families are warmly welcomed at Ukulele Shabbat, one of the Y’s many community-wide celebrations of Jewish culture and holidays. There is no fee to attend, but please make sure to RSVP here!

For children ages 0 – 5 with a parent or caregiver.

Takes place each Friday at the YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood, room 312 on the 3rd floor from 11:30 – 12:00. Accessible by elevator. Stroller parking is available on the 1st floor. 

Kierstin Hettler
Managing Director of Youth and Recreation
212-569-6200 x249

What Parents Say About the Y Nursery School


kids at YM&YWHA

“We are so eternally grateful for having stumbled upon the Y for both my boys’ Pre-K years. The experience has been incredibly rewarding for my entire family. My son has grown in so many ways and so much of it is due to the TLC of your wonderful staff. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. We will always remember the Y with love and a full heart of joy.” 

– Zabryna and Michel

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