FRONTLINE HELP BACKED BY A CARING COMMUNITY
Comprehensive support for parents and mental health services for children.
FROM CITY HALL TO CAPITOL HILL
Our advocacy is changing the landscape for children and youth.
FROM PRESCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL
Our experts are committed to helping clinicians nurture social, emotional, and academic development.
World-class services for families. A vision for a better future.
From everyday challenges to complex mental health issues, the Center for Children and Youth supports children from infancy into young adulthood with expert clinical care and a wide range of specialized services. By bringing together the latest treatments, research-based training, and impactful public policy advocacy, we transform the lives of children and their families.
Our team of professionals ensures that children can grow and learn in supportive environments by leading advances in schools and communities that create a bright future for all children. As a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, we have provided compassionate services to Bay Area residents of all ages and faiths since 1850. We invite you to explore, learn, and join our community.
SERVICES FOR FAMILIES
Clinical care for children and parent support
ADVOCACY & CULTURAL IMPACT
SUPPORT DURING COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic and in times of uncertainty, we believe in supporting each other and advocating for families. The Center for Children and Youth is here to help with telehealth services such as virtual therapy for children, remote parent consultations, online parenting workshops, and professional support for clinicians. Find resources to help you and your families manage this challenging time including our government assistance guide.
Our therapists and parent educators are sharing regular video tips to help you and your family.
WE HELP KIDS AND FAMILIES FLOURISH
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS
Get expert guidance online and at locations across the Bay Area concerning everything
from behavior and temperament, to discipline and limit-setting, to separation and divorce.
Managing Your Expectations: Letting Go and Staying Calm &...
Baby and Me: Ready to Move! (6 – 12 mos.)
Ask the Lactation Consultant (Newborn – 1 year)
Single Parents Support Group: Biweekly Meetings (All Ages)
INSIGHTS FROM OUR EXPERTS
Our experts bring the latest research and best practices to our community.
Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D.
Alicia F. Lieberman, Ph.D. is the Irving Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, and Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry. She is the developer of Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based trauma-informed treatment for young children and their caregivers, and has published extensively on attachment and trauma. As a tricultural, trilingual Jewish Latina, she is committed to promoting an understanding of cultural issues and diversity to interventions on behalf of children and families.
Igor Galynker, M.D.
Igor Galynker, M.D. is the Founder and Director of the Richard and Cynthia Zirinsky Center for Bipolar Disorder and Associate Chairman for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. Dr. Galynker is also a Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. His clinical and research interests include behavioral addictions, bipolar disorder, suicide prevention, and the role of family in psychiatric illness. He has published on these topics in professional journals and in the lay press, and has authored a book on family involvement in psychiatric treatment.
Dianne Ehrensaft, Ph.D.,
Dianne Ehrensaft, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist in the Bay Area, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, and a Founding Member of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center Clinic (CAGC) at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. As Director of Mental Health for CAGC, Dr. Ehrensaft provides comprehensive interdisciplinary services and advocacy to gender nonconforming/ transgender children, youth, and their families. Her research focuses on child development, gender, parenting, parent-child relationships, and psychological issues for families using assisted reproductive technology. She has published several books and articles in these areas and lectures, serves as an expert witness, and makes media appearances nationally and internationally on these topics.