Family Center

Parenting Groups @Home

Many parents have questions about how to best navigate this uncertain time. 

To help support parents and young children in the coming weeks, the Bank Street Family Center has created weekly groups for parents of children ages 0–5. In these group sessions, parents can consult with child-development experts from Bank Street College of Education and engage in conversations around the topics listed below. We will meet once a week and offer the option of enrolling for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays (see details below).

  • Topics
    • Transitions (between activities, caregivers, and routines)
    • Behavior (How should I adjust my expectations to the current environment?)
    • Sleep
    • Potty training
    • Creating routines and setting boundaries
    • Sibling relationships
    • Developmental milestones
    • Developmental variations
    • Self-care: then and now
    • How to set up play experiences
    • Expectations of play
    • Extending play with household items
    • Managing educational expectations
    • Balancing family schedules
    • Changes in behavior and regression
    • Language to use with your children around the changing world
  • Meet the Experts

    Gabrielle Felman, MSEd, LMSW

    Photo of GabrielleGabrielle is an expert in infant and toddler development, special education, and parent education. She has specialized in these fields for over 12 years. Gabrielle designs and leads programs for children from birth to age 5 and their caregivers, presents on early and special needs education, conducts workshops at schools for parents and staff, and advises a toy company on appropriate materials for different stages of development. Her practice is play-based and concentrates on social and emotional learning, self-regulation, family relationships, and school success.

    Gabrielle earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Psychology from Boston University. She earned her master’s degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and is certified and licensed in both General Education and Special Education. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University.

    Sarah Piel, MSEd 

    Photo of SarahSarah is a passionate advocate for young children and their families. She designs and leads programs for children from birth to age five and their caregivers; presents on early childhood development, parent support, and special needs education; conducts workshops for parents and staff; and is a consultant to a toy company that specializes in infant, toddler and early childhood development. She is a lead teacher and facilitator for programs such as the Bank Street Infant-Toddler Parent Playgroups. Her work in these groups focuses on the early development of social, emotional, and cognitive growth in young children and the pivotal role of their primary caregivers within that process. Sarah has extensive experience as a Special Educator Itinerant Teacher (SEIT). Over the past 15 years, she has mentored graduate students, conducted educational evaluations for the Committee for Preschool Education (CPSE), been a lead teacher for a 2s program at a private preschool on the Upper West Side, and assisted with preschool admissions.

    Sarah earned her BA from Hamilton College and her MSEd from Bank Street College of Education, including a dual certification in Infant and Family Development and Early Intervention/Early Childhood General and Special Education. Sarah externed at the Bernard Pacella Parent Child Center at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, working with mother/toddler dyad therapy groups. She has been a member of the Family Advisory Council at the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital since 2011 and is a founding member of New York Early Childhood Professionals.

    Kayla Zionts, MSEd 

    Photo of Kayla

    Kayla has specialized in early childhood general and special education for almost 10 years. Her interest in human development ignited a passion for a career in understanding and reflecting on young children’s development and experiences. Kayla believes deeply in the importance of social-emotional and play-based learning in the context of loving and trusting relationships with children and their families. She is passionate about inclusion, diversity and education as social justice. Kayla has extensive experience as a classroom teacher for children ages 3-5 and a range of developmental abilities, mentoring fellow educators by providing training and reflective supervision and has presented workshops on various topics in early childhood. Kayla currently works as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT), teaches the Bank Street Infant-Toddler Parent Playgroups and serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate special education departments at the City College of New York and Hunter College.

    Kayla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland and her master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education in Early Childhood General and Special Education.

     

  • Schedule

    Session 1 (May 4 – June 5)

    • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST
    • Wednesdays: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
    • Thursdays: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

    Session 2 (June 8 – July 10)

    • Tuesdays: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST
    • Wednesdays: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
    • Thursdays: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST

    Session 3 (July 13 – August 14)

    • Tuesdays: 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM EST
    • Wednesdays: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
  • Cost & Registration

    There is a mandatory five-class commitment per session, at $125.00 total. If you would like to register for one of our groups, please fill out the following form. If it is hard to commit to one of the two offerings for the full five weeks (either Tuesday or Wednesday), you’re welcome to pay for a class-pack of five and pick which class you want to attend each week.

    If you would like to register for one of our groups, please fill out the following form.

    Register