Family Life Education

Family Life Education (FLE) takes JFCS out into the community and brings the community into JFCS through presentations, trainings, workshops, classes, support groups, individual meetings and consultations. The foundations of FLE are collaboration, prevention and education with the goal of promoting individual, family and community well-being and empowerment throughout the lifespan. Customized programming includes topics such as parenting workshops, teacher trainings, addressing interfaith challenges, bullying, grief and loss, supporting caregivers, addressing challenging current events in meaningful ways and building healthy relationships.
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Jewish Youth Mentoring Program

The Jewish Youth Mentoring Program (formerly the Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Program), is a community-based mentoring program for Jewish-identified youth that is designed to promote positive social-emotional-spiritual development and increase engagement in the Jewish community. Since the program’s inception in 1975, it has matched 400 Jewish youth with mentors. Youth ages 6-12 at time of enrollment are thoughtfully matched with carefully screened and selected volunteer mentors that support them in reaching their goals. Match activities are tailored to individual needs, interests, and abilities. Matches are monitored and supported by professional staff and provide positive role modeling, access to Jewish holidays and events, and the chance to have some fun with a friend.
> See flyer for more information or > View this short video
> Youth Mentee Application
> Volunteer Mentor Application

ParentChild+

ParentChild+ is a free home visiting program that promotes creative ways to learn through play, increases parenting skills and helps children prepare for school.

· Participating families receive free educational books and toys
· Families begin the program when their child is 18 months to 2.5 years old
· Trained early learning specialists work with families in their homes two times a week for two years
· English, Spanish, and Somali speaking early learning specialists available
> Contact us to learn more about ParentChild+
> View our flyer for more information: English, Spanish, Somali

> View this video in Spanish
> View this video in Somali

We have partner agencies across Minnesota in Cass County (Northland Area Family Service Center) and (Pine River-Backus Family Center), St. Cloud (Promise Neighborhood Central MN), Rice County (Healthy Community Initiative) and Rochester (IMAA).

ParentChild+ Family Child Care (FCC) Model

ParentChild+ FCC Model is an early learning program for family child care providers and children in their care.

· Trained early learning specialists visit twice weekly
· Providers receive free books and toys and discover valuable ways to use them in learning activities
· Each child takes home educational books to keep
> See flyer for more information
> Contact us to learn more about ParentChild+ FCC Model

Parent Coaching

Parent coaching provides tailored and evidence-based supports for parents who are dealing with a specific issue or concern with their children or family. Parent coaches assist families in creating a plan of action to effectively address the problem in an authentic way. They are not therapists – they do not diagnose conditions. Parent coaching is generally short-term and forward-looking in nature – the goal is to empower and educate parents and provide them with tools for success in just a few meetings. Identifying challenges, goals and developing practical strategies to reach them is at core of parent coaching. Identifying the needs of family members and developing clear communication between them is the foundation of this work.

Parent coaches are experienced professionals and are able to meet with you in person, over the phone, or via video conference. We work with families of any religion, size or shape with children ages 2 through adult children. We are aware that the pandemic has shifted housing patterns and more adult children are living with their parents than ever before. This creates unique challenges and opportunities for families that parent coaching is well-equipped to support your family with. Parent coaching supports the entire family.
> Interest Form
> Video on Parent Coaching

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