The Virginia Frank Child Development Center at JCFS is a nationally recognized pioneer in the field of family-centered child development.
Our experts offer a continuum of preventative and therapeutic services for children from birth to six years, plus supportive services and counseling for their parents. All of the programs and services offered at Virginia Frank are based on the fact that children develop best in the context of stable, caring relationships. Virginia Frank offers a therapeutic nursery program, family counseling and socialization groups.
Early childhood programs today know that children begin learning as soon as they are born, and parents and teachers are partners in introducing key lessons to even the youngest of students.
The therapeutic, developmental preschool at Jewish Child & Family Services offers a small, structured, language-enriched program that provides children who are unsuccessful in traditional early educational programs the opportunity to succeed. The program emphasizes a warm and caring environment that helps children develop socially, emotionally and cognitively toward their potential.
When a developmental task is unusually difficult for a child, professional counseling may be needed to promote growth and change. While some situations require a short period of intervention, others may require additional long-term work. Our highly trained staff offers counseling to children and families who may be facing tragic losses, financial difficulties, marital concerns or illness, developmental delays, or other issues affecting child development.
Through the Get Together group, Virginia Frank offers parents, grandparents, nannies, and children from birth to age 5 with opportunities to meet others who also have young children, in order to share and discuss experiences, ideas and developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play.
We also offer socialization, art therapy and treatment groups for children aged three to nine years old.
Consultation and Training for Early Childhood Development Professionals
“Connections: A Relationship-Based Phase Model,” was recently published as a resource for directors and teachers. The book, written by Virginia Frank staff, outlines the developmental and relationship phases children and their caregivers experience. By integrating knowledge of child development and stages of relational growth, the manual provides a roadmap for early childhood instructors to best support the healthy development of young children.
Our clinicians provide relationship-based early childhood mental health consultation to preschool, Early Head Start and Head Start sites throughout Chicagoland. Educators and program staff learn effective tools for building relationships with parents and how to manage difficult behaviors in the classroom through group and individual observations, and professional and parenting workshops.