Powering Off: Take a Family Digital Detox
At their best modern devices are helpful tools and can make our lives easier. At their worst they are remarkably addictive, and research now clearly shows that their use can lead to a host of behavioral, interpersonal, and mood issues for people of all ages.
If you are reading this you likely have a young child or adolescent in your life. I have some bad news for you—for young children in particular screen-time has been shown to have negative effects on sleep
(which can also negatively impact mood and lead to behavioral issues), social interaction and learning
, executive functioning
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Posted by Admin on June 7, 2017
Leading the Way to a New Jewish Path for Healing After Pregnancy Loss
- Grief & Bereavement
While Judaism offers beautiful lifecycle traditions and rituals for those who are grieving, Jewish customs for pregnancy and infant loss are only now catching up with modern times.
Up to one in four women in the U.S. will experience at least one miscarriage, and many others will experience a stillbirth or infertility at some point. The rates are even higher in the Bay Area where many delay starting a family until later in life.
When this kind of devastating loss occurs, women—as well as their partners, families, and friends—have historically been left without a clear Jewish path for rituals, support,… Read More
Posted by Admin on January 9, 2017
High Stress the New “Normal” for Bay Area Teens and Young Adults
It has never been easy to be a teenager, but JFCS is finding that today’s climate is particularly tough on our young people.
Academic success, extracurricular activities, pressure to “package” oneself on social media—and the list goes on. These pressures can be coupled with frequent moves due to housing insecurities, financial stressors to find funds for school supplies and food, plus parents who work multiple jobs to just hold on. It adds up to almost constant anxiety and stress.
Teens Report High Stress Is The New Norm
The teens we serve consistently tell us about the pressure they feel from… Read More
Posted by Admin on October 7, 2016
San Francisco’s Largest Preschool and Kindergarten Exhibition, Is Set for Sept. 28 in Golden Gate Park
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Sept. 9, 2016 – Overwhelmed with how to figure out the preschool and kindergarten admissions process in San Francisco? You’re in luck: JFCS’ Parents Place has an upcoming event just for you! The 24th annual Preschool Preview Night is on Wed. is on Sept. 28, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco parents will be able to meet and speak with representatives from over 100 local schools and children’s services providers. Parents can get answers about school philosophies, costs, pre-admission visits, hours, and more.
This year’s… Read More
Posted by Admin on September 9, 2016
Brian Copeland: Back to School Tips with Mechele Pruitt
- JFCS in the News
Mechele Pruitt, the Director of JFCS’ Parents Place of San Francisco joins Brian Copeland in the studio to talk about how to prepare kids for the upcoming school year, and what resources are available to both parents and children.
Listen to the show online here >
Posted by Admin on August 16, 2016