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Backstage at ExpandEd 182’s “Beauty & The Beast, Jr.”

Performers from the Quest ExpandEd program at P.S. 182, Samantha Smith Elementary School, took the stage last month with a production of “Beauty & the Beast, Jr.,” an outstanding adaptation of Disney’s beloved “tale as old as time.”

ExpandEd’s annual musical productions are a favorite of the P.S. 182 and Jamaica community, as well as The Child Center family: Shows historically play to a packed theater, and this year’s performance was no exception. What shouldn’t go unnoticed, though, is the enormous amount of effort that takes place behind the scenes — for almost the entirety of the school year. Continue reading

A Playwriting Residency Means New Possibilities for Troubled Teens

When a child spends his adolescence in the criminal justice system, his time behind bars might stay off his permanent record, but the experience never gets fully erased from his psyche. “Adolescents who’ve been in the criminal justice system mostly talk about the trauma and abuse they experienced there,” says Miosotte Caban, a therapist at The Child Center of NY’s Jamaica Family Center. “Some say they will be traumatized for life and may not live what society calls a normal life.” 

At The Child Center, we help teens address these issues through traditional methods, like therapy and internships, and we constantly seek out new, innovative, evidence-based ways to reach the goal of helping young people become secure, capable, and confident. Continue reading

History in the Making

Basie Beacon M.S. 72 Celebrates Black History Month

“History in the Making: The Soul of the Youth” lit up the stage at The Child Center of NY’s Beacon program at Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72 on Friday, February 3, kicking off Black History Month with a diverse array of performances and readings by students of all ages. Jaylin, who served as the student emcee for the evening, announced quietly before making his way to the front to introduce the first act:  “I’m scared.”  But the middle-schooler seemed far from frightened as the evening went on, offering casual and astute commentary after each performance. Continue reading

Breaking the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

It’s never too soon to instill in children the importance of financial literacy — and it’s never too late for their parents to achieve it.

That’s why The Child Center promotes the concepts of budgeting and saving in age-appropriate ways across our programs.

At our Escalera Head Start in Manhattan, that recently took the form of a financial literacy workshop called, “Break the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle,” organized by volunteers from TD Bank. Continue reading

Listen to the “Weekend Warrior” Rap by The Golden Lionesses of Queens United MS

“We need attention, we need love
  We need attention, we need love…”

Golden Lioness recording

” “Weekend Warriors” recording comes to fruition

So begins the rap written and recorded earlier this month by the Queens United Middle School’s Nike step team, The Golden Lionesses. The song, entitled “Weekend Warriors,” points to the realities our youth deal with by exploring the negative effects of “broken homes.” (Check out the audio and lyrics below.) Continue reading

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.


#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

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