Baby Buds

Reggio Emilia-inspired classes for children ages three-12 months and their trusted grown-ups.


Savor this special time in your child’s life while connecting with other parents of young babies at Baby and Me, a morning class for children ages three-12 months. ECC Director Miriam Kalmar and guest experts will facilitate discussions on various topics relating to parenting and child development while you and and your baby will have an opportunity to engage with interesting materials. Following our time together, we invite you and your baby to visit our beautiful sanctuary and join the Early Childhood Center students at our Shabbat singalong.

This 12-session class is $600 for members and $720 for non-members. It will take place on Fridays from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. The class will meet on October 11, 18, and 25; November 1, 8, 15, and 22.


Experience the joy of stories with our special Baby Buds Book Club for children three to 12 months. An experienced early childhood educator will share stories with you and your baby through various methods including books, puppets, and songs. Experience our lovely children's library and have the ability to check out a book each week to enjoy at home.

This class is $210 for all 14 sessions or $20 per session. It will take place on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The class will meet on October 15, 22, and 29; November 5, 12, 19, and 26; and December 3 and 10.


Experience art explorations in our light-filled art studio with Baby Buds Art Explorers, designed for children six to 12 months. This early art class offers young children an age-appropriate introduction to color, texture, shape, art methods, and tools. Our studio art teacher will provide sensory mediums such as found materials and clay for you and your baby to investigate together helping to nurture creativity, fine motor skills, and self-expression.

This class is $450 for all 13 sessions or $40 per session. It will take place on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The class will meet on October 17, 24, and 31; November 7, 14, and 21; December 5, 12, and 19; January 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Once you and your child have registered using the form below, you may sign up and pay for individual classes here.


Each child and parent or caregiver must enroll by registering online using this form, or by printing and completing the form and returning it (with a check when applicable) to:

Stephen Wise ECC
Attn: Vicki Reiss
30 West 68th St.
New York, NY 10023

Click the links here to sign up and pay for individual Baby Buds Book Club or Baby Bids Art Explorers sessions.

To learn more, contact Vicki Reiss at or (212) 877-4050, ext. 231.