Mothers of Crown Heights, here are some of the big things to come: The Miriam Maternity Center provides educational, social and recreational opportunities for women and young children. Full story, photos
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The Miriam Maternity Center, which will open in Crown Heights next week, offers educational, social and recreational opportunities for women and young children. The Center is a project of Mothers of Crown Heights and was designed to host programs simultaneously throughout the day and evening.
The living room
The feminine and comfortable living room is the perfect “living room” for small meetings and conversations.
Ongoing support groups, parenting workshops, the “Ask the Expert” series, childbirth classes, shiurim and knitting classes are just a few examples.
For entrepreneurs, freelancers, students, or busy women who need to work, the shared workspace is open to women eighteen years and older. Coworking space is by reservation only and has babysitting service during designated hours upon request.
The Office at the Maternity Center is offered in collaboration with Rabbi Werde and CHYE.
After office hours, the comfortable office space will be used as a classroom for classes, conferences and programs.
The game room
The 750 square foot playroom is bright, beautiful, and offers the space and toys that many don’t have in their tiny apartments. The community game room will have gaming slots open daily in the morning and afternoon. Mothers and their babies / toddlers (ages four and under) are welcome to come during these designated times.
The studio is designed for fitness and movement classes with an emphasis on the pre and postnatal periods. Game-changing alert: for mothers who normally cannot make it to class because they have a baby at home, childcare will be available on request!
The studio will also host weekly Mommy and Me classes as well as other programs for toddlers.
One of the objectives of the Maternity Center is to create a community center. Existing organizations are invited to present their programming, thereby centralizing all courses and programs related to women.
A community center is intended to be accessible to all. For those who cannot afford the membership fee, there is a scholarship fund and the option of offering membership.
With these ongoing mother and baby centered offerings, Miriam Maternity Center will uplift and change the lives of young mothers raising children in Crown Heights. Kahn Tziva Hachem es Habrocha.
Here are some questions you might think of:
Is the Center still open?
The doors will open B’ezer Hachem on Monday June 28, Tammuz 18.
Check the calendar on the MiriamsCenter.org website to see which programs you would like to try.
What hours is the Center open?
The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.
The Playroom will have two slots: one in the morning, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and one in the afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Classes in the Studio and in the Lounge will take place in the morning and evening.
How much does admission to the center cost?
Annual membership is $ 180 and gives mothers free access to Playroom and Mommy and Me programming. Membership also offers discounted prices for other classes and services.
The price to reserve a seat at the Office is $ 10 for the day or $ 100 for the month.
(25% discount for members.)
Free play in the playroom costs $ 5 per child. (Free for members.)
Can I just introduce myself?
You need a reservation to work in the office.
You need a reservation to participate in a fitness class.
Walk-in people are welcome in the game room during designated hours and for Mom and Me programs.
Where is it?
The Miriam Maternity Center is located on East New York Ave between Troy and Schenectady.
Can my daughter or nanny take my child to the programs and the playroom?
The Maternity Center focuses on mothers as well as children. It is specifically mothers who are welcome to accompany their children. (Or mothers of mothers: Bubbies.)