Children and Adolescents

Program in schools, communities and the home that address the needs of children and youth

Programs across the spectrum of WJCS services address the mental health, educational support and developmental needs of children and teens from pre-school through late adolescence. Based in school, community and clinical settings, services aim to be approachable and available to children and families and to offer access to other supports of WJCS when necessary. Interaction with families also seeks to enhance the parenting and communication skills of parents.   Bilingual Spanish-English staff is available in some programs.

School districts county-wide contract with WJCS to provide high quality services for their communities. Our professionals work with school personnel, parents and community resources to provide on-site mental health counseling for children and their families and guidance for teachers. After-school programming engages children in recreational, skill development and enrichment activities that supplement academic goals and encourage positive social development.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES - In partnership with school districts and NYS OMH, therapeutic and related preventive, early identification and intervention services for children with social, behavioral and emotional issues and supports for families are offered at:

  • K.I.C.S. (Kids in Community Schools) School-Based Mental Health Program at Martin Luther King School, Yonkers - providing comprehensive, integrated, wrap around mental health and related services to children and their families
  • HOSTOS comprehensive school-based mental health program at HOSTOS Microsociety Elementary School, Yonkers
  • SCOPES at Woodside Elementary School, Peekskill (Supporting Children's Opp'ties & Parent Empowerment in Schools) (Eng/Sp) designed to improve educational, social and emotional outcomes for children experiencing social-emotional difficulties at school or home.  SmartStart at SCOPES tackles the various roadblocks to school success.   



  • 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant Programs at Martin Luther King Elementary School, Yonkers through the KICS program
  • AMAZING AFTERNOONS at the Edward Williams Elementary School, Mt. Vernon
  • "OFF THE STREET" involving teens as tutors and mentors at Hamilton Elementary School, Mt. Vernon


  • "OFF THE STREET" involving teens as tutors and mentors at Hamilton Elementary School, Mt. Vernon    

HOME & COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES - offering conveniently situated services that bring supports, strength-building and community resources to young people and families across the county


  • CLINIC SERVICES - services in clinics and community based settings that help children and
    families address mental health, behavioral and emotional issues. Specialty services include
    Programs of the Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse:
         •Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Center, assisting children affected by sexual violence
         •Juveniles Starting Over (formerly the Juvenile Sexual Offender Treatment Program)
  • Emotional Wellness Screenings -- free, confidential, early recognition and intervention screenings for youngsters age 3 - 18.  
  • FAMILY MATTERS / FAMILY MATTERS CASE MANAGEMENT / FAMILY MATTERS WAIVER / SAFETY NET-intensive mobile services for at-risk youth with serious emotional and behavioral issues
  • EARLY STEP FORWARD - BUILDING BETTER BEGINNINGS, an early childhood, mental health project in Yonkers and Mt. Vernon providing on-site and in-home mental health and related supports and early intervention services for children from infancy through age 4 who are attending eligible Head Start or early childhood programs.


JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICES working with the judicial system to reduce problematic behaviors and create positive alternatives for young people

Click here for a brochure of WJCS' Children's and Adolescent services

For Information regarding WJCS Programs for Children and Adolescents, contact:

Amy Siniscalchi, LMSW, Assistant Executive Director, Child, Youth and Family Services 
Phone: 914-761-0600 ext. 137 E-mail:

Patricia Lemp, LCSW, Assistant Executive Director, Clinic-Based Services
Phone: 914-761-0600 ext. 207 E-mail:



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