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A Helping Hand for Community Schools

A Helping Hand for Community Schools

Deepmalya Ghosh

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.

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Linda Rodriguez Honored at Hispanic Leadership Awards Ceremony

Kids at HeadStartThe 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.

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