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National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Help in Times of Crisis or Loss
The lives of children are too frequently touched by crises that may include the death of family members, friends or others important in a child’s life. When this occurs, learning, behavior and development can be impacted. The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) can provide guidance for you and your child’s school to understand and meet the needs of your child and family. The NCSCB is located in the Center for the Urban Child at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
 
School Resources
Download practical guidelines, tip sheets and training modules for school administrators and teachers who respond to the needs of students and staff after a loss.
 
Psychological First Aid
The Psychological First Aid brochures are designed to provide guidance to children, parents and caregivers after natural disasters, which is available in English and Spanish. Chinese and Japanese are also available.
 
Support a Grieving Child: Parent Guide
NCSCB partners with the New York Life Foundation to provide a booklet for parents on supporting grieving children.
 
About Us
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement was established in 2005 with initial support from the September 11th Children’s Fund and the National Philanthropic Trust and supplemental funding from the New York Life Foundation.
 
Program Goals
The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Center was created to:
  • Promote an appreciation of the role schools can serve to support students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss
  • Enhance the training of individuals in school-related professional education programs in the areas of crisis and loss
  • Link efforts to provide trauma-related and bereavement support services within school settings
  • Collaborate with professional organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies and community groups to further help students, staff and families at times of crisis and loss
  • Serve as a resource for information, training materials, consultation and technical assistance for school systems, professional training programs, professional organizations, governmental and non-governmental agencies, communities, children's groups and projects in the areas of crisis and loss.
Contact Us
If you would like more information about the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement for your family or your school, or if we can help you cope with a crisis or loss that has touched your family, call us at 215-427-4600.
 
For media inquires, contact the Marketing/PR Team at SCHC-PublicRelations@tenethealth.com  
 
Mailing Address 
National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
3601 A Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
 
 

Meet the Team

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia has a highly qualified team of board-certified experts who are specially trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and pediatric patients.

The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement is led by David Schonfeld, MD, Pediatrician-in-Chief at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children.

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