Circle of Security
Circle of Security is an early childhood intervention program designed to strengthen attachment between parents and children. It is through these secure relationships that children are more likely to explore the world feeling safe and supported, and less likely to develop worrisome behaviors. JFCS East Bay’s certified Circle of Security Parenting Educators offer an 8-week course that explores the parent-child relationship. The course includes practical guidance for understanding what your child needs in any given moment. This unique program also helps parents recognize when their own experiences and reactions pose barriers to becoming the kind of parent they strive to be. Parents will learn strategies for moving through these barriers toward healthier parent-child relationships.
Circle of Security is currently offered at some of the preschool sites we serve. It is also available to interested parents on a private pay basis.
Baby Learning Groups
JFCS East Bay provides Baby Learning Playgroups for parents with babies up to twelve months old at school-based Family Resource Centers in East and West Oakland. These programs are offered in collaboration with Family Paths and are funded by the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth. The groups help parents promote their babies’ social and emotional wellness, identify developmental milestones, connect with their infants, and receive both professional and peer support. Topics presented in the groups by our Early Childhood Mental Health Specialists include communication, infant massage, music, play, food/nutrition, health, and safety.
Nitzanim Baby Group
JFCS East Bay is proud to collaborate with the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay on Nitzanim (Buds), a cozy spot for parents and babies to relax and connect. One of our Infant/Toddler Specialists is on hand once a month to provide information on topics such as baby learning and parent self-care. Find all the details on the JCC East Bay website.