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September 2014

Supporting Children's Emotional Health

13 Tips to Ease the Transition Back to School

As the school year begins, some children  are facing the excitement of the new school year with trepidations. This is a normal and expected response. How can parents support their children during this transitional time?  Click here for some practical tips.

5 Ways to Make Your Classroom LGBTQ Inclusive by Anthony Nicodema, Teacher, Coach and WJCS Center Lane Advisory Committee Member.
Click here to read the article in the Huffington Post
WJCS Education and Training Opportunities Open to the Professional and General Community

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.  You can help.  Take the nationally-recognized, evidence-based training on October 2 and 3rd and become certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid

Thursday, October 2nd and Friday October 3rd
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
WJCS Headquarters
845 North Broadway, White Plains

Click here to register.  For further information or to arrange a training for your organization, contact Ali Rainone at or 761-0600 - ext. 116

Kurz Conference 2014:
Childhood Anxiety Disorders

Jerome Bubrick, PhD, senior director of the Anxiety & Mood Disorders Center and director of the Intensive Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders Program at the Child Mind Institute in New York City, will be featured at this year's WJCS Kurz Conference.

WJCS Kurz Conference
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon
Westchester County Center
White Plains, NY 10606

Look for registration information in the coming weeks.

Twin Seven Year Olds Support 40 Other Children

Showing remarkable generosity, two young girls requested that guests bring new school supplies and backpacks to their birthday celebration instead of birthday presents. The girls, Clara and Emma Goldstein, collected 40 sets of school supplies. The donations were brought to WJCS Kids' Kloset where they were given to children who appreciated the new items at the start of the school year.

WJCS Kids' Kloset is WJCS volunteer-driven program that provides Westchester County children and families in need with donated clothing and related items free of charge. Since Kids' Kloset was opened in 2011, it has provided approximately 3,000 local children with clothing, diapers, strollers and other items. Kids' Kloset is now turning its collection focus to warmer clothing for youth. Click here to learn more.

In this Issue

New Funding Secured
WJCS will receive $850,000 in new funding to support Off the Street, a WJCS after school program in Mt. Vernon.  WJCS received new funding over a 5 year period  from the New York State Office of Family and Children Services Advantage After School initiative.  Click here to read more about Off the Street. 

WJCS thanks these
11 corporate sponsors for their support in the WJCS Back to School Clothes for Kids drive, sponsoring new clothes and supplies for over 500 youth in Westchester.
Founded in 1943, WJCS is one of the largest  non-sectarian, not-for-profit human services agencies in Westchester County.  We support 20,000 Westchester residents annually to meet challenges and achieve personal success.
Services include mental health treatment, a network of literacy, learning and youth development initiatives, residential and non-residential programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism,  homecare, geriatric care management and programs and services for older adults, and privately funded programs for the Jewish community.
WJCS Westchester Jewish Community Services
845 North Broadway, White Plains, New York 10603

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