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The Child Center of NY Participates in National “Lights On Afterschool” Celebration

To celebrate afterschool programs and their vital role in the lives of children, families, and communities, the Afterschool Alliance hosted its 19th annual Lights On Afterschool event on October 25. The Child Center’s afterschool programs were happy to participate in true Child Center style, showcasing participants’ strengths, involving families, and spreading joy to the community. Continue reading

Astoria Parent-Child Home Program Reads for the Record!

Child with book

Read for the Record at Queens Library, sponsored by Parent Child Home program“What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine!”

So begins Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood, the children’s book written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and illustrated by Rafael Lopez, which was read across the nation last Thursday, including at Queens Library, Long Island City.

The reading was part of Jumpstart’s 13th annual Read for the Record, a yearly event that brings together millions of people in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the country by encouraging them to read the same book on the same day. Continue reading

Aggressive Attendance Initiative Brings Success to “Failing” School

Shows Students Have Had the Potential All Along

By Saran Shields, MSW
Community School Director, August Martin High School

Blog author Saran Shields with August Martin High School students

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and there’s no better place to spotlight the importance of attendance — and attendance efforts — than August Martin High School in South Jamaica, Queens. Continue reading

Redfern Kids Share Necessities and Kindness with Homeless New Yorkers

Redfern Community Center kids deliver packages to homeless outside Port Authority

Redfern Community Center kids deliver packages to homeless outside Port AuthorityIt’s been a year since the Redfern Cornerstone Community Center reopened after abruptly closing its doors the spring before. In a spirit of gratitude and in keeping with The Child Center’s emphasis on giving back, the theme this summer has been dubbed Redfern Plan.

“It’s similar to Drake’s ‘God’s Plan,’” explains Redfern Director Lakia Echols. “In his music video for the song, Drake gives close to a million dollars to people in need. Since we don’t have a million dollars to give back, we decided to give back with our time and service.” Continue reading

Starting School on the Right Foot

Generous supporters provide supply-filled backpacks that make all the difference.

The Child Center is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help our children succeed in school. That’s why we’ve invested in efforts like in-school counseling and mentorship to ensure kids are socially and emotionally ready to learn.

We also make sure to address the practical things — like school supplies. Continue reading

Child Center Alumna Inspires Current Students

Brianna "Bree" McDonough at The Child Center of NY, P.S. 223

Brianna "Bree" McDonough at The Child Center of NY, P.S. 223A core principle of The Child Center of NY is that children learn best from relatable role models. Sometimes that takes the form of alumni sharing their journeys with current students.

In April, teen singer Brianna (Bree) McDonough visited our COMPASS afterschool program at P.S. 223 in South Jamaica, which she used to attend. She started at the program for the same reason many students do: for supervision. But as she found out, The Child Center’s extended day programs offer much more. Continue reading

The Child Center Hosts “Historic” LGBTQ Forum

Naija-li, youth co-panelist, speaks at the event.

As New Yorkers, we like to think of our city as one of the most progressive, where people of all walks of life are not only tolerated, but accepted and celebrated. It’s mostly true — New York is a great city that generally values its impressive diversity — but, sadly, it is also true that LGBTQ youth, even here, experience higher rates of isolation, depression, and suicide, in some communities more than others.

That’s why The Child Center of NY hosted the first ever LGBTQ Conference and Forum at our Ocean Bay Community Cornerstone in Far Rockaway on April 25. Continue reading

Message from Redfern Director Lakia Echols

Last week, we began the campaign for Far Rockaway’s Redfern Cornerstone Community Center, which closed abruptly last year. I’m from the Far Rockaway community — grew up here, went to school here, and now serve as Director of the Cornerstone program. So I know it from both sides, and here’s what I can tell you: The children of Redfern need this community center more than ever. Continue reading

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