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24-Hour Teen Crisis Hotline:

1000 East High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Phone: 434-296-4118
Fax: 434-295-2638
Email: info@cyfs.org

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About Children, Youth and Family Services

Children, Youth & Family Services is all about providing children with what they need to become healthy, happy, productive adults.

We have three areas of focus:

For children: Getting kids off to the healthiest start possible with the skills they need to succeed in school.

  • We work with new moms helping them learn to bond with their baby and to stimulate their healthy development. Do you know that babies are born with all of the brain cells that they will ever have? Their experiences teach the brain cells their jobs. There is a growing body of research regarding the importance of brain development during the first three years of life.

  • We have an early literacy program for at-risk preschoolers. We know that the average child from a low income family arrives at kindergarten with a vocabulary of just 5,000 words, while the average child from a middle or upper income family of the same age has a vocabulary of 25,000 words. The low income child’s vocabulary is that of a typical three year old. Thus, even if that child is successfully completes each grade level, making one year’s progress at a time, they will always remain two years behind their peers.

  • We teach preschoolers life skills. We help them learn how to get along with others, how to manage their conflicts, how to share and talk about their feelings. More and more research is showing that social emotional skills are critical to school success.

  • We work to improve childcare in our community. Many preschoolers spend up to nine hours a day in childcare. We train providers in best practices so that they might provide a stimulating environment for the children, offering them opportunities to learn.

For youth facing particular challenges: Counseling and shelter

  • We have counseling for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect and for any of their non-offending family members.

  • We provide temporary shelter and counseling for teens who have run away or are at risk of running away.

  • We enable supervised visitation through our new SAFE Program (Safe Activities For Everyone) so that kids can maintain a relationship with both parents.

For parents: Training and support

  • Our Parenting Mobile Program goes out into kids’ neighborhoods bringing support, education and literacy programs.

  • We offer parenting classes and workshops.

  • Our REAL Dads program works to keep dads involved in their kids’ lives.

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