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Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), a non-sectarian, state-licensed, not-for-profit agency, has been a leader in mental health, home health care, developmental disabilities and human services since 1943, serving all people who live or work in Westchester without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. If you have a problem, it is likely we have a program or service to help you. One call is all you need.View our WJCS Agency Video, read our Annual Report.

Help Your Kids Head Back to School With
Calm and Confidence   

As kids head back to school in the next few weeks, looking sharp in their new outfits and armed with backpacks of new supplies, some are facing the excitement of the new school year with trepidations. This is a normal and expected response. How can kids and parents cope?

Here are some tips for parents during this transitional time:

  • Support and help prepare children by fostering healthy coping skills and building resilience.
  • Empathize with and be attuned to children’s responses to potential uneasiness.
  • Acknowledge that there may be challenges ahead, but exude confidence in your children’s coping capacities.
  • Avoid heaping doses of reassurance, which can feel sugar-coated and hollow.
  • Tune into your own feelings. Be aware of your breathing.
  • Take time to reduce your stress so that your children don’t pick up on your intense emotions.
  • Model calm, confident and consistent behavior.
  • Prepare and practice school-mode routines.
  • Create healthy structure and limits that support and strengthen emotional well-being.
  • Establish predictable family schedules, limit “screen time” for TV, video games, cell phones, Internet, etc. and set up bedtime routines and homework zones.
  • Plan and prepare nutritious meals, encourage exercise and plenty of sleep.
  • Tour your children’s classrooms and meet their teachers, if possible.
  • Share and celebrate small joys and memories of back-to-school days.

These can help foster a more open, honest and supportive atmosphere for your children.

WJCS Thanks Sponsors for a Very Successful Back-to-School Clothes Drive

The WJCS Back to School Clothes for Kids Drive has just ended and this year, 550 youth received clothes and supplies from a generous list of donors. WJCS thanks the 30 individuals and the following organizations for their generous contributions in support of children in Westchester:

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Bessemer Venture Partners
Cuddy & Feder
Pell Wealth Partners
Transamerica Retirement Solutions
Westchester Community Foundation

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Registration for
the Oct. 2 & 3
Youth Mental Health
First Aid training
is closed.
For information on
future sessions,
please contact
Ali Rainone
914-761-0600 x116;