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Serving Children

Kids learning and literature.

A Cozy Winter Reading List for Kids

In the chill of winter, there’s nothing quite like snuggling up with a good book. Fostering a love for reading knows no bounds. This list, carefully curated by the Library Volunteer at Pencils & Paper, embraces the joy of childhood reading. As children explore these books, they not only embark on literary adventures but also encounter characters and experiences mirroring their own lives.

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Family Counseling

The Counseling Center at JFS offers family counseling services to provide support and guidance to families facing various challenges. Our experienced therapists work with families to improve communication, build stronger relationships, and navigate difficult situations together.

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Child & Adolescent Counseling

The Counseling Center at JFS Rochester offers child and adolescent counseling services using evidence-based models like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address a range of mental health concerns in young people. Our experienced therapists provide a safe and supportive environment for children and adolescents to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop effective coping skills to improve their emotional wellbeing.

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Play Therapy

Our registered play therapist provides an intervention for children as young as three that is proven to disrupt negative patterns and build positive coping strategies.

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Literacy Program

Through the Literacy Program at JFS, volunteers are paired with students in the Rochester City School District to help instill a love of reading at 12 schools in the RCSD.

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Nurture Program

The Nurture Program at JFS brings the community together by matching volunteers with parents during the first year of their baby’s life. Volunteers are trained and supervised to support parents who are adjusting to parenthood, feeling isolated, or overwhelmed.

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School & Childcare Counseling Support

The Counseling Center at JFS includes on-site counseling to meet the social, emotional, developmental, and mental health needs of children and youth at Jewish Day schools, religious schools, and Jewish child carecenters.

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Pencils & Paper

The Pencils & Paper Program at JFS Rochester serves the educational and creative needs of children in the greater Rochester area by providing free school supplies to teachers in high need schools.

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