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activist , philanthropist

Bernice Targ Weissbourd, is an American activist and philanthropist.


Bernice Weissbourd was born on January 25, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, United States, in the family of Max and Fannie (Wexler) Targ.


In 1940 - 1943 Bernice attended University of Chicago. Then she received Bachelor of Music at American Conservatory of Music in 1943. She attended Juilliard School in 1943-1945, and earned Master of Arts at Columbia University in 1945. She had a further graduate study at University of Chicago in 1961-1962, and University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign in 1973. She also had a doctoral study at Northwestern University, and attended Institute for Psychoanalysis.


Bernice Weissbourd was the president of Family Focus, Inc. in Chicago, and lecturer in social service administration in University of Chicago. She also was the president of Family Resource Coalition. She laso served as a member of board of directors at Zero to Three: National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, and co-chairperson of Heart Start Task Force. She was a member of board of directors of Voices for Illinois Children, Work Group on Early Childhood, Child Care Action Campaign, Institute for Responsive Education, and Ounce of Prevention Fund. She also was a member of Advisory Committee on Services for Families with Infants and Toddlers, Administration for Children and Families, Erikson Institute of Loyola University, Chicago Children’s Museum, Parenting Resources’s Television Series for Parents of Young Children, Parent Television, and Institute for Family-Centered Care. She was appointed the member of leadership advisory group of Governor’s Task Force on Human Services Reform, and member of Governor’s Task Force on Family Support and Family Preservation. She was also an honorary board member of Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and consultant to Journal Films and local public television channels.


  • Bernice Targ Weissbourd is famous as the editor of books "Creating Drop-In Centers: The Family Focus Model", "Infants: Their Social Environments", "America's Family Support Programs: Perspectives and Prospects", and "Putting Families First: America's Family Support Movement and the Challenge of Change."



  • past president

    American Orthopsychiatric Association

  • vice-president

    National Association for the Education of Young Children

    1982 - 1986

  • past member of board of directors

    Illinois Infant Mental Health Association

  • founder and past chairperson of Commission on Infants and Toddlers; past executive vice-president

    Chicago Association for the Education of Young Children

  • past member of board of directors

    Evanston Mental Health Society


On October 31, 1946 she married Bernard BenZion Weissbourd, with whom she has four children: Burt, Ruth, Robert, and Richard.

Max Targ

Fannie (Wexler) Targ

Bernard BenZion Weissbourd

Burt Weissbourd

Ruth Weissbourd

Robert Weissbourd

Richard Weissbourd