Associate Executive Director
On staff since 2008
Developing infrastructure and formalizing systems so that across all Head Start programs we have common goals and a common approach to working with the families we serve for the best possible outcomes.
FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB:
It goes beyond just a job. There’s a huge potential here in Queens because there’s such an underserved, culturally diverse community. I feel that I am contributing to improving the opportunities for change, expansion, and enhancing the good work that was already going on when I got here.
Russell Carson gives Kay Howard the Russell L. Carson
Visionary Award for her exemplary work with students at MS 72.
It’s been a wonderful spring: Two of our employees were honored recently for their exceptional service on behalf of the children and families in our programs.
At our Spring Gala on April 28, staff member Kay Howard was awarded the Russell L. Carson Visionary Award, given to a staff member for outstanding dedication and performance.
Deep Ghosh, LCSW-R
Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Community Engagement On staff since 2008
Creation of new program initiatives including HIV prevention, peer education, community service learning, literacy and quality team sports initiatives, capacity-building leadership
Representing The Child Center at a special awards ceremony for the New York Giants, after their Super Bowl win in 2007. The Child Center was one of two city agencies chosen to receive recognition by Mayor Bloomberg for innovative after school programming.
Elisa Pimentel is starting her third year as the director of the after-school program at PS 89 in Elmhurst, Queens. She oversees a staff of 35 who teach dancing, art, and theme-based learning to 300 children in the afternoons throughout the school year, and during seven weeks of summer. Her students are mainly low-income and working class immigrants who collectively speak at least a dozen languages.
Elisa understands what they are going through. She is from the neighborhood. She attended PS 89 herself. When she was 17 and graduated high school, she started volunteering here in hopes that it would lead to an entry level job as a youth worker. The bet paid off, and within three months she was hired. Since then she put in years of hard work, and went up the ladder with promotions. In 2012 she earned her bachelor’s and is now a NYS certified teacher.
When Mayor de Blasio wanted to find an innovative way to help at-risk kids, he called on experts throughout the city to help him. One of those experts was Deepmalya Ghosh, The Child Center’s associate executive director of youth development and community engagement. Ghosh was appointed to the mayor’s Community School Advisory Board, working this summer with de Blasio and 48 other local leaders to plan for the creation of 100 “community schools” in some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.
For kids to thrive in school and every part of their lives, they need the active support of their families and communities. Community schools are designed to foster that support by serving as hubs for a comprehensive range of services for the whole family: access to quality health care, mental health counseling, homework help and tutoring, and community activities, among others. In New York City, the first 40 will be piloted in existing schools that have the city’s lowest attendance rates.
The Child Center of NY is delighted to announce that Linda Rodriguez, Associate Executive Director of The Child Center’s Early Childhood Programs, will be honored as an outstanding Hispanic leader in the community of Queens. On October 14, NYC Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer will recognize the hard work and dedication of Linda and six other awardees at his Fifth Annual Hispanic Leadership Awards Ceremony.
Linda has led our early childhood programs since 2008 and now oversees Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Learn programs at four locations. Before arriving at The Child Center, she served for five years as the director of early childhood programs at the Children’s Aid Society. She has been committed to uplifting and improving the lives of New Yorkers throughout her career, which has included the American Red Cross, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, and Family Dynamics.