They toured our Early Childhood Corona center, which includes Early Head Start and Head Start/EarlyLearnprograms.We were grateful for the opportunity for them to see our programs in action, and for usto learn more about their commitment to early childhood education and wraparound care, a cornerstone of Child Center programs.
The moment Dr. Suedeh Ranjbar, accompanied by Dr. Collin Brathwaite on piano, belted out Alicia Keys’ “Good Job” — with lyrics like, “You’re doing a good job/Don’t get too down/The world needs you now” — audience members knew they were in for an emotional and meaningful evening. Continue reading →
Claire Shulman was a trailblazer, dedicated public servant, and one of Queens’ biggest advocates. Even as Queens grew and expanded, she never lost sight of the less fortunate and was a true partner to The Child Center of NY and other community-based organizations working to close the gap in our most under-served communities. Our organization, the children and families we serve, and many more residents are better off because of Claire’s leadership and commitment to Queens. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Claire Shulman.
COVID-19 has dramatically affected all of our lives, and clients of The Child Center have been particularly hard hit. Working in fields like food service and house cleaning, they were among the first to lose their jobs after the shutdown. Whether they originally came to The Child Center looking for shelter or job security, to get mental health or addiction treatment, or to help their children graduate from high school, they needed our services more than ever, so we created the COVID-19 Response Fund to ensure we could continue to meet their needs.
**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. The five-year innovative partnership between The Child Center and August Martin has brought about a dramatic turnaround in graduation rates from 23% to 74% in four years.
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.
Moving the Needle on What Matters in Social Services
By Adam Schwartz
I have been a part of The Child Center over six years, after having met Dick [Jay] at a “friend-raiser” in Manhattan in June of 2012. After hearing about the agency and the work it does for low-income and economically diverse children and families with little to no greater community supports, I knew I wanted to become involved in its work and its mission. Continue reading →