Summer 2019 Programs

Specialized Camps

“Here I Am” After-Camp
If you’re planning ahead for summer 2019, consider an “After-Camp” Therapy Group designed for children who would benefit from therapeutic support during the summer months with a focus on emotional needs, struggles in social settings, and difficulty navigating relationships.

Camp Firefly
While offering the best of summer fun, Camp Firefly is designed to support children, teens and young adults who oftentimes have difficulty connecting with peers and navigating social situations. Campers come away with meaningful life lessons and friendships that continue long after the summer ends.


Support and Relief for Individuals and Families

The Get Together
The Get Together is a weekly socialization group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children, newborn through 5 years old. Meet new people, share experiences, ideas, and developmental concerns as children play. This group is led by JCFS family and child development therapists.

Sibshops offer brothers and sisters of children with a variety of special needs a place to meet other siblings in a relaxed, supportive and recreational setting. For kids ages 6-12 years old. Teens are also welcome.

Sunday Respite
We use a supportive, nurturing and therapeutic approach for children with I/DD, combined with fun, social and recreational activities, giving parents time for a break. Sessions are offered 1-2 Sunday afternoons per month.

Lev Chicago Respite
An after-school respite program for Jewish children with I/DD that provides a nurturing, therapeutic, social/recreational and religious observant environment for children, and a break for parents. Offered in collaboration with Libenu Foundation.

Healing Hearts: Grief Support Group for Spouse/Partner Loss
For older adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner over the last two years. Meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.


Therapeutic Groups for Children

For information on the following Therapeutic Groups, please contact Megan Kowalski

Language With Friends (2-3 years old)
This group focuses on circle time participation and play-time activities that promote communication, early problem solving and following directions. Children can practice the social rules of communication such as turn-taking, gestures and body language. 

Play Group (3-5 years old)
Focuses on the development of language and social skills, along with building play and friendship.

Handwriting Group (various ages)
Fun, engaging activities are used to target each child's fine motor, bilateral coordination, visual-motor and handwriting skills.

Friends Club/Peer Group (5-7 years old)
Does your child have difficulty finding their footing with peers? Consider enrolling your child in this group that uses hands-on learning and play activities based on Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking approach.

Mindfulness to Increase Social Engagement (4-7 years old)
Children will practice breathing techniques and yoga that will naturally engage them in social interactions and help prepare them for social games throughout the session. 


Professional Training

Connections Early Childhood Training Institute
Connections Early Childhood Training Institute is a five-week summer program for early childhood teachers and professionals, offered by the JCFS Chicago Virginia Frank Child Development Center. It emphasizes the importance of building strong teacher and caregiver relationships with young children to promote a secure, healthy and productive learning environment.



A Striking Event: Under the Stars at Ravinia
Wednesday, June 19
A Striking Event, Under the Stars was a stellar success! Thank you to all our supporters, and we look forward to seeing you at A Striking Event 2020

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