Jewish Family Service of MetroWest announces they have received a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to launch First STEPS (Support, Training and Education for Pre-Schoolers), a package of high-quality and affordable mental health interventions targeted to the preschool population, their parents, teachers, schools and communities.  
 
For parents and children age two to five, First STEPS offers classroom observations, one-on-one parent coaching, seminars and support groups on critical topics.  For schools and teachers, First STEPS provides customized consultations and teacher trainings.  For the community at-large, First STEPS offers a dedicated webpage at www.jfsmetrowest.org/FirstSTEPS, workshops and MetroWest participation in National Children’s Mental Health Day.
 
This program has been developed in collaboration with JCC MetroWest and The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life.  JFS First STEPS social work staff members are participating providers of the early childhood consortium sponsored by The Partnership for Jewish Learning and Life.
 
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey was established in 1996 with the proceeds from the sale of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and is dedicated to continuing the hospital’s health and caring mission through philanthropy In Newark and the MetroWest community.  For more information, visit www.hfnj.org.
 
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest is a comprehensive social service agency providing counseling and support services, on a non-discriminatory basis, to help strengthen and restore the family, in Essex, Morris, Sussex and parts of Hudson and Union counties.  JFS annually touches more than 3,500 families in the Metro West area.  Traditionally, half of our services help older adults and their families cope with the changes of aging through extensive in-home services including subsidized home care, case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors, and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For children and families, JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, family play therapy, support groups, adoption services, school and synagogue-based social work services, debt counseling, domestic violence services, family life education and other assistance needed to maintain healthy families. JFS has offices located in Florham Park, Livingston and Jersey City.   For more information, please call (973) 765-9050 or visit www.jfsmetrowest.org.