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Emmy Award-winning chef Lidia Bastianich cooks with students from The Culinary Arts Program at August Martin High School

Lidia Bastianich Cooks with Our Youth

**New date and time: Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. on WNET, Channel 13, for the New York Metro market. PBS will run the show in most other U.S. cities on Fri., Dec. 20–check the Lidia Celebrates America website for air times in your area.

Renowned chef and Emmy Award-winning television personality Lidia Bastianich cares deeply about immigrants and under-served youth having pathways to bright futures.

On Sunday, December 15, Lidia’s PBS special Lidia Celebrates America will premiere on WNET and will include a segment of Lidia cooking with 12 juniors and seniors of the Culinary Arts Program at August Martin High School (AMHS), an inner-city school in Jamaica, Queens, where The Child Center has co-led a dramatic turnaround in graduation rates from 23% to 74% in four years.

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Thank you, Assemblywoman Rozic!

Assemblywoman Nily Rozic Steps Up for The Child Center and Our Parsons Beacon Community Center in Flushing

When 12-year-old Rose saw the big cardboard check for $25,000 from her local Assemblywoman, Nily Rozic, to the Parsons Beacon community center she attends for afterschool programming, her eyes widened and her body shifted forward in her chair. “That’s a lot of money!” she said. She immediately began thinking of all the things the center could do with the money to help youth like herself, and also her fellow community members of all ages.

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Photo of the Week: Kids and Cops Play Ball in East New York

On Wednesday, we officially cut the ribbon on a state-of-the-art NYPD Community Center, in East New York, where The Child Center of NY will be providing youth development and family support services. The center offers East New York’s young people a growthful environment, supported by people from all walks of life—including police officers. Continue reading

Ballroom Basix Offers More than Fun and Fancy Footwork at PAW

“We felt like stars!” says eighth-grader Cindy Jean-Francois, a former participant of Ballroom Basix (BBX) at M.S. 283 Preparatory Academy for Writers’ afterschool program, “Play After Work” (PAW). Creating opportunities for our students to build self-confidence and shine is just one of the many facets of The Child Center’s afterschool-enrichment programs — and it’s just one of the benefits of this innovative activity, now in its second year at PAW.

“Dance, and partner dancing specifically, has a huge impact on social and emotional learning,” says The Child Center’s PAW Program Director Carolyn Johnson. “By its very nature, partner dancing is about teamwork. It teaches our kids about working with a partner, about being respectful of your partner.” And, as a result, “parents and educators herald BBX as a unique deterrent to bullying,” says founder and artistic director Sidney “Dr. Dance” Grant, who launched BBX in a single Harlem middle school in 2008 and now operates it at more than 100 schools across NYC’s five boroughs. Continue reading

The Child Center of NY Partners with the NYPD to Invest in Youth and Families in East New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/22/19

Media Contacts: Carrie Sackett, carriesackett@childcenterny.org; Ryan Carbain, rcarbain@rubenstein.com

The Child Center of NY on the NYPD’s New Community Center in East New York

New York, NY – The Child Center of NY, a nonprofit organization who will be providing family support and youth development services at the NYPD’s new Community Center at 127 Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York, offered the following statement about the Center’s opening. Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Mom

a preschooler at Escalera Head Start made this artwork of his mom

Three-year-old Zion created this masterpiece while playing in the art center at our Escalera Head Start. Its title is “Mom.” 

“I made a smile face and a nose. It’s when my mom and my sister were walking,” the preschooler explained. “My mom is my friend.”

Dads Come to P.S. 89 Afterschool

Working on a STEM project at P.S. 89 afterschool

Last Tuesday, third-grader Tania couldn’t stop smiling — or dancing or building or engineering. That’s because it was the day of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)’s first city-wide Bring Your Dad to Afterschool celebration — and The Child Center’s COMPASS afterschool program at P.S. 89 in Elmhurst, where Tania is a daily participant, was selected by DYCD as a model site to implement the event.

It was the first time Tania got to show her dad what afterschool, where she spends 15 hours a week, is really like. “I was happy my Papi was with me because I love him so much,” Tania said. “We danced and made a little robot car.”

Working on a STEM project at P.S. 89 afterschool.
Second-grader Joshua M. and his dad are working on a STEM project together: creating a car.

For years, schools across New York State have participated in the national Dads Take Your Children to School Day, but as children like Tania can tell you, afterschool is as much a part of their daily life as the regular school day is. It’s where children receive quality homework help, build friendships, interact with relatable role models, and engage in enrichment activities (like STEM or performing arts) that encourage their strengths.

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