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Giving Tuesday 2016: Let Your Dreams Take Flight!

Giving Tuesday, 11/29/16, is a day of generosity that follows the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Fueled by the power of social media and collaboration, #GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement since it emerged in 2012 — more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries participated last year. This #GivingTuesday will inspire even more giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.

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#DreamsTakeFlight an inspirational campaign designed to engage and encourage children and adults of all ages to “let their dreams take flight.”

When deciding how to celebrate #GivingTuesday at The Child Center of NY, we found it natural to highlight our concurrent ”Dreams Take Flight” campaign. Launched on November 18, the two-week initiative aims to create awareness of The Child Center’s multifaceted, innovative work by turning the classic act of making paper airplanes into a learning and sharing opportunity. We created an introductory aviation project, an idea that we hope will “lift off” and inspire other schools to follow suit. What better way to kick off the charitable season than demonstrating a way in which The Child Center gives back? Continue reading

Local School Kids Celebrate Metsgiving

Curtis Granderson and Jose Reyes Usher in Holiday Season with Turkey Giveaway

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The Mets’ Jose Reyes and Curtis Granderson gave out turkeys at M.S. 72

Thanksgiving came early for some 100 students from M.S. 72 (Catherine and Count Basie Middle School), P.S. 223 (Lyndon Johnson), and August Martin High School. New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson and his teammate, third baseman Jose Reyes, joined them this week at M.S. 72 in Jamaica, Queens, to hand out turkeys for their holiday meal. The giveaway was part of The Mets’ larger Metsgiving and Granderson’s Grand Giving campaigns, which have the shared goal of combatting hunger in New York City.  Continue reading

What Summer Slide?

Students Combine Summer Fun and Learning at COMPASS 273

flashmobWhen educators and parents fret about the summer slide, they’re not referring to a Coney Island attraction. They’re talking about the well-documented fact that summer is a time when students lose about 20 percent of what they learned the previous school year. It’s also a season that can be a “financial and logistical nightmare” for low-income working parents, as they struggle to find affordable care while they earn a living.

We’re addressing both of these issues for 125 families at The Child Center of NY’s COMPASS extended learning program at P.S. 273 in Richmond Hill. Continue reading

The Child Center of NY Selected as Queens Provider of City-Wide Early Childhood Mental Health Network

ECMH photoIt’s been nearly a year since Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled ThriveNYC, the most comprehensive mental health plan of any city or nation. Last week, the administration took an important step in ensuring that the program benefits our youngest citizens. First Lady Chirlane McCray announced a new ThriveNYC initiative called the Early Childhood Mental Health Network, which will provide mental health services and support for families who have young children (ages 0-5) with mental health needs. The Network was developed to work alongside new social-emotional learning support that will be offered at Administration for Children’s Services’ EarlyLearn sites and Department of Education Pre-K for All sites across the city.

As an organization with deep roots in both mental health and early childhood education services, The Child Center of NY was a natural fit for this initiative, and we are pleased to serve as the Queens borough-wide provider of the Network.

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What We’re Doing—and Should Be Doing—to Stop Bullying

bullying 1Last month, with the support of one of our Parsons Advisory Board Founders Marc Haken and NYC Councilman Rory Lancman, The Child Center of NY presented a free anti-bullying event at our Parsons Community School (CS) in Flushing. The event was the brainchild not of program officials or community leaders, but rather of middle-schoolers who serve on our Parsons CS’s Youth Council. They said their community needed it. Continue reading

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