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JCFS Chicago's Virginia Frank Child Development Center Publishes Book

Directors and staff at Jewish Child & Family Services of Chicago's Virginia Frank Child Development have real...

Directors and staff at Jewish Child & Family Services of Chicago's Virginia Frank Child Development have realized a dream that has been incubating for many years: to publish a manual for early childhood professionals incorporating the work of over sixty years in the therapeutic nursery/kindergarten program and their experience in providing early childhood mental health consultation throughout the Chicago area.

This guidebook for early-childhood professionals emphasizes the importance of building strong teacher and caregiver relationships with young children to promote a secure, healthy, and productive learning environment.

The relationship-based phase model was developed at the JCFS's Virginia Frank Child Development Center in Chicago by early-childhood professionals with backgrounds in education, social work, child development, psychology, and counseling. It's centered on the knowledge that having secure attachments with a caregivers is the basis of optimal cognitive growth and development for young children, and that their social and emotional needs change. Continue reading here.

Supporting Independence at JFCS Atlanta

This real story focuses on the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program and shows how JFCS strengthens the lives...

This real story focuses on the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program and shows how JFCS strengthens the lives of individuals and families in our community.

The Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program (Z-H ILP) is a highly individualized, person-centered supportive living program that enables people with disabilities to live as independently as possible.

The Z-H ILP staff takes the time to get to know each of the individuals they support in order to evaluate his or her needs and abilities. Clients receive training in money management, cooking, cleaning, household management, laundry, social skills and other areas. Transportation is included as part of this service.

The Z-H ILP is a nonsectarian program. Learn More About The Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program here.

Supporting Independence at JFS Houston

Project Shalom seeks new members who would benefit from a structured social group for adults who have ongoing mental ...

Project Shalom seeks new members who would benefit from a structured social group for adults who have ongoing mental health needs. Participants have a persistent and pervasive mental health issue that could result in difficulty maintaining employment, but many live independently. The group members benefit from activities that are more focused on promoting social engagement than on therapeutic results, thus decreasing isolation and allowing participants to maintain stability in their lives. Participants meet weekly at Jewish Family Service of Houston and enjoy a hot kosher lunch followed by an interactive or hands-on activity such as jewelry making or arts and crafts projects, as well as field trips to cultural events in the community. The program has a community nurse who is available to assist with medication management, if necessary. Through the program, members celebrate holidays and other events together creating a sense of friendship and family.
 
This Jewish Family Service program has been active for twenty years.  A licensed  clinician directs and facilitates the group and maintains contact with participants to assess their gain from the program. There are currently spaces available in this sponsored program.