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JFCS Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Food Pantry Reveals Tribute Wall

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry Tribute Wall was r...

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry Tribute Wall was revealed. The Tribute Wall honors the generous financial supporters who have helped the Pantry fulfill its mission, and inspires hope in the hearts of those who rely on it for assistance. Check out the photos from the open house here.

JFS Houston Awarded the Ruderman Prize in Inclusion

On July 14th the Ruderman Family Foundation announced the winners for the third annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion. J...

On July 14th the Ruderman Family Foundation announced the winners for the third annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion. Jewish Family Services of Houston was one of the recipients and will receive $50,000 to continue their work and pursue new opportunities for inclusion in their local communities. The Prize honors organizations worldwide who operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish community.

Jewish Family Services Alexander Institute for Inclusion - The JFS Alexander Institute for Inclusion is a Houston based initiative dedicated to engaging local communities in vital discussions on how to meaningfully include people with disabilities and reduce related stigmas. The Institute develops the leadership skills of key players whose awareness of inclusion brings the conversation (and ultimately action) to the forefront of their work, academic, or communal environments. In its efforts to increase awareness across the board, the Institute uses arts and education programs to change perception and trains leaders to challenge organizations to embrace inclusion in a proactive way.

Learn more about the award here.

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.