Kids Today

In the Vera and Harold Stein Lecture Series on Advancing Children’s Mental Health, JFCS’ Center for Children and Youth brings together some of the nation’s preeminent thinkers on issues facing kids and parents today.

Anya Kamenetz

The Stolen Year, How Covid Changed Children’s Lives and Where We Go from Here

January 26, 2023
7:00 – 8:15 pm (PST)

Anya Kamenetz speaks, writes, and thinks about generational justice, and how children learn, grow and thrive on a changing planet. She covered education as a journalist for many years, including for NPR, where she also co-created the podcast Life Kit: Parenting, in partnership with Sesame Workshop. Kamenetz is currently an advisor to the Aspen Institute and a Co:Generate fellow, working on a new initiative to end climate silence in children’s media. Her latest book is The Stolen Year: How Covid Changed Children’s Lives, And Where We Go Now.

Anya Kamenetz
Wendy Mogel

Wendy Mogel

Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen

March 9, 2023
7:00 – 8:15 pm (PST)

Dr. Wendy Mogel is a practicing clinical psychologist, New York Times best-selling author, and international public speaker. She serves on the scientific advisory board of Parents Magazine and is a frequent guest expert on national media. She weighs in issues of the day—from talking to kids about death to embracing the chaos of messy rooms—and on the topic for which she is best known: the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience, accountability, and exuberance. Her latest book is Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen.

Emily Oster

Evidence-Based Parenting

May 4, 2023
1:00 – 2:15 pm (PDT)

Emily Oster is a Professor of Economics at Brown University and the author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm. Her books analyze the data behind choices in pregnancy and parenting. Oster’s academic work focuses on health economics and concerns methods for learning causal effects from observational data. Oster currently serves as a Faculty Research Fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research and was named to TIME’s list of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2022.” Her latest book is The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years.

Emily Oster
Vera and Harold (Hal) Stein( z’l

Vera and Harold Stein Lecture Series on Advancing Children’s Mental Health

Vera and Harold (Hal) Stein ( z’l ) have a decades-long commitment to Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS), helping to improve the lives of San Francisco Bay Area residents. In particular, they believe that advancing children’s physical and mental health allows us to invest in a better quality of life for future generations.

JFCS is honored that Vera and Hal have chosen to generously underwrite The Center for Children and Youth’s 2023 lecture series, Kids Today: Cutting-Edge Conversations.

Read an interview with Vera and Harold (Hal) Stein (z’l ) >

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