To Our Clients: Please visit our COVID-19 page for program information and updates.

Our Programs

Photo of the Month: Ocean Bay Cornerstone, Loud and Clear

Deborah Hoyle of Ocean Bay Cornerstone Community CenterOcean Bay Cornerstone Community Center in Arverne has been organizing weekly food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic, a crisis that has exacerbated food insecurity. Here is Program Director Deborah Hoyle (and staff member Darryl Devore photo-bombing!) getting ready for the food distribution. As this photo demonstrates, we want to convey loud and clear that The Child Center is here for you during this unprecedented time, that it is a team effort, and we do this work with as much joy in our hearts as the moment allows.

Food distribution occurs at Ocean Bay Wednesdays at 1 p.m. No registration required. We welcome you to come by.

All of our Cornerstone Community Centers are distributing food to those who need it, including grab-and-go meals (calling ahead required) throughout the week. You can call the center nearest you for more information.

Leonard’s Story

Leonard, a client of the substance abuse addiction program at the Jamaica Family Wellness center in Queens

Leonard, a client of the substance abuse addiction program at the Jamaica Family Wellness center in QueensIt may sound ironic, but The Child Center’s focus is larger than just children. Since children don’t grow in isolation, our goal is to help lift up whole communities, providing members of all ages with opportunities to reach their full potential. That’s why many of our programs serve not just youth, but adults, too. Our addiction treatment programs, like the ones at our Jamaica Family Wellness Center, help clients of any age develop the skills and confidence to find lasting recovery and lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Leonard is a man in his 60s who had been using and selling drugs since 1967. He’d been in and out of jail on drug-related charges for most of his adult life. His drug use and drinking became all-encompassing, causing him to lose contact with his family, including two daughters that he lost to the foster care system. Continue reading

The Child Center of NY Announces New Tele-Health Pediatric Primary Care Services

Collaboration with Strong Children Wellness Allows for New Service

The Child Center of NY is proud to announce that we have joined forces with Strong Children Wellness, a specialized primary care practice network that provides integrated medical, social, and mental health services and virtual care within community-based organizations in New York City. Through this alliance, The Child Center will be able to offer pediatric primary health care to our clients and to all children, ages 0-21, in the communities we serve. Continue reading

Photo of the Month: Project Promise

Project Promise client at Jamaica Family Wellness Center, Child center of nYQuanasia (pictured here with her baby Amelia) is a client of our Project Promise program, designed for women who are pregnant or have young children and have struggled with substance use issues. Quanasia is now working full time, and Amelia is registered in nursery school. The proud mom is in recovery and creating a bright future for herself and her beautiful daughter.

A (Hydroponic) Garden Grows at Ocean Bay

While many elementary-schoolers can be found playing video games or watching YouTube after school, 8-year-old Levion spends his afternoons building irrigation systems and monitoring water and temperature levels with the precision of a professional scientist.

Levion is a participant of the hydroponics program at Ocean Bay Cornerstone Community Center, one of four community centers that The Child Center of NY operates in under-served communities on the Rockaway peninsula. Continue reading

January Photo of the Month: Check-Up

Northwell Health pediatrician at Corona Head Start

 

Northwell Health pediatrician at Corona Head Start

Michael, a student at our Corona Head Start, visits with “La Doctora,” a.k.a, Rebecca Griesser, a pediatric resident from Northwell Health. As you can see, Michael is really enjoying the hearing test!

Learn about the special Child Center-Northwell collaboration and how on-site visits like this one circumvent obstacles that can prevent low-income families from receiving regular check-ups — and how tomorrow’s physicians are learning to better care for families like Michael’s in the process.

It’s PAWsome!

PAW Jam showcase

Students at Preparatory Academy for Writers Shine at PAW Jam

It wasn’t the first time that 7th-grader Jordyn and her fellow afterschool program participants danced in front of an audience. It was the first time the audience included police school safety agents and representatives from an elected official’s office — and Jordyn couldn’t have been more proud of herself and her team.

“We went hard and did great,” Jordyn said through a beaming smile. “I’m so happy for us!”

Jordyn is a student at M.S. 283 Preparatory Academy for Writers, where The Child Center of NY operates a high-quality afterschool program for more than 100 middle schoolers, affectionately nicknamed “Play After Work” (PAW) by Principal Charles Anderson. Continue reading


Recent Blog Posts

Translate »