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A Community Approach to Family Health

The Child Center of NY was pleased to partner with Queens Community House to host a day of health education, fun, raffles, Zumba, and face painting. On November 22, the community came together for A Community Approach to Family Health, a family-focused event sponsored by Advantage Care Physicians.

Community Approach to HealthThe morning started at Parsons Beacon program with registration, tables inviting people to register for The Child Center’s Single Stop program. Congresswoman Grace Meng gave some opening remarks before Monica Corbett, a community leader and Chair of Pomonok Houses Resident Association, spoke to the crowd. Reverend Alfonso Wyatt led the group in a chant that inspired kids and parents to take charge of their health and take care of their bodies.

Advantage Care Physicians led the group in break-out sessions that helped educate people on child development at every stage: Nursery and Elementary School Years, Middle School Years, and High School Years. Continue reading

Expanding Our Reach

Expanding Our Reach From the western edge of Queens, the Manhattan skyline looks close enough to touch. But Manhattan’s prosperity has not reached across the river, where neighborhoods have faced poverty for generations.

Zone 126, a nonprofit that works with families here to end poverty, wanted to provide expert, experienced counseling for the area’s schoolchildren. So they enlisted The Child Center, which placed its licensed clinical social workers in schools in Astoria and Long Island City.

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Partnering for Community Health, Education and Fun

Through the month of November, The Child Center of NY will be partnering with Advantage Care Physicians on a series of community events that combine health, education, games, prizes and fun for the whole family.

Partnering for Community, Health and FunOn November 4, we partnered with Advantage Care Physicians on a Family Game Night, held at Basie Beacon MS 72 in Jamaica, Queens. Strategically timed to happen on Election Night, when the school doubles as a polling place, it was a time for people to vote and then enjoy food, games and health screenings.

Sheila Tomlin, program director, said voters joined the fun when they heard the music and festivities. Thanks to Advantage Care Physicians, they were able to have their blood pressure, vitals, vision and BMI checked. The Beacon’s new marching band put on a musical show and The Child Center raffled off donated gift cards. Over 100 people came and some asked if it would become an annual event.

On November 5, we partnered with Advantage Care Physicians for the first of a series of maternal and child health workshops. Registered Nurse Frances Brenner, nurse practitioner with The Child Center’s Head Start programs, led 16 mothers, one dad and four new babies in education about preconception care and prenatal care.

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Support The Child Center with KidCents

Support The Child Center with KidsCentsThe Child Center is excited to announce that we are now an official KidCents charity! KidCents is a program created by The Rite Aid Foundation that allows Rite Aid customers to round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and donate their change to help support kid-focused charities.

If you are a Rite Aid customer, you’ll be able to list The Child Center as your designated charity, and then elect to round up your Rite Aid purchases to the nearest dollar and donate the change to support our work.

Here’s what you can do to support The Child Center of NY with your KidCents round-up donations when you shop at Rite Aid: Continue reading

The New Giving: Celebrating a Birthday by Helping Children

IMG_0219-1When Morris Bankston was a kid in Queens in the 80s, life was good. “I grew up in a middle-class African American family,” he says. “My father was a software engineer and had a well-paying job.”

But when his parents divorced, life got much harder. His mother took custody of him and his younger sister, and for more than a year, the three lived on welfare, barely making ends meet. Bit by bit, their lives improved. Morris did well in school went on to college at Purdue, then got an MBA. Today, he has a good job and a good life.

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