The Center for Early Relationship Support® at JF&CS offers free weekly support groups for parents. Participants will find a safe and nurturing space to give and receive support, ask questions and begin building a parent community.

Our support groups are nonsectarian and open to all parents in the community. Groups are currently meeting via Zoom video conferencing.

For questions or more information, please contact Diane Gardner at

New Parent Support Groups

Below, you will find a listing of our new parent support groups, which are organized by town. Prior to the pandemic, these groups would meet in person. However, you do not need to be a resident of the town in question to participate in the Zoom group.

All of these groups are open to any parent with a child under the age of 1. New participants should register at least 24 hours in advance. 

Arlington: Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. Register now.

Brookline: Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Register now.

Cambridge: Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Register now.

Dorchester: For parents of children aged 0 – 3. Meets twice a week. 
Tuesdays, noon – 12:45 p.m. Register now.
Thursdays, 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Register now.

Jamaica Plain: Wednesdays, 1:30-3 p.m. Register now.

Medford: Tuesdays, 12:30-2 p.m. Register now.

Melrose: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register now.

Sharon: Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. Register now.

Watertown: Fridays, 9:15-10:45 a.m. Register now.

Specialty Support Groups

New participants in any of the groups below should register at least 24 hours in advance. 

Postpartum Depression Support: “This Isn’t What I Expected”: For mothers suffering from postpartum depression or anxiety. Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Register now.

New Adoptive Parents: For adoptive parents with babies under 1. Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. Register now.

Parents of Multiples: For parents of twins, triplets and all multiples up to age 1. Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. Register now.

Parents of Toddlers: For parents of toddlers, aged 1-3. Wednesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Register now.

Pregnancy: Open to all women during their pregnancy. Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. Register now.

Fragile Beginnings: For parents of infants who have spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Tuesdays, noon – 1:00 p.m. Register now.

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