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Heartfelt thanks to the generous sponsors of our COVID-19 response funds.

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Benjamin and Anne Bahr
  • Manju and Narindra Bewtra
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • The Carson Family Charitable Trust
  • Cathay Bank Foundation
  • Cigna
  • Garrett D'Alessandro and Amy Rappaport
  • Barbara Deli, M.D. and Neeraj Bewtra
  • The Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation
  • Flushing Bank
  • Jeffrey Gage
  • Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman+
  • D’Arcy and Peter Green
  • Patricia and Richard Jay
  • Alexander Jesurum
  • Michael Kuharski and Allison Davi
  • Corina Larkin and Nigel Dawn
  • Anne Marie Macari
  • Marsh & McLennan Agency
  • Jennifer Milacci and Marc Scher
  • Barbara and Conner Mulvee
  • Organization Analysis & Design
  • Dave Pottruck*
  • Robin Hood+
  • Gelvina Rodriguez Stevenson
  • Gail Roseman
  • Nell Shanahan Schwartz and Adam Schwartz
  • Shames Family Foundation
  • The Melanie and Alan Stein Family
  • Sterling National Bank
  • Leo Swergold
  • Techworks Consulting, Inc.
  • The New York Community Trust
  • United Way
  • US Pacific Transport, Inc.
  • J. Sean Withrow

*Emergency Response Fund sponsor
+COVID-19 Response Fund and Emergency Response Fund Sponsor
Sponsor list in formation as of July 23

Judith’s Story

A single mom, Judith’s 2 1/2 year-old son, Rodrigo, had speech and developmental delays, and she could not find a place where he could be cared for in the ways he needed while she worked long hours at Dunkin’ Donuts. Her language obstacles made her ashamed to ask questions, and she knew no other parents in similar situations.

“The Child Center gave us the opportunity to grow as a family,” says Judith. “It showed me that if you have dreams, you can live those dreams. You want to be a good parent but you don’t always have the tools to do it. The Child Center has shown me how to be a better parent and a better person.”

Then she found The Child Center, where family workers and therapists helped her clearly identify Rodrigo’s educational and emotional needs and linked him to services, including help for his delayed speech at a special neighborhood school.

Intervention through The Child Center’s Head Start program gave Judith a way not only for her son to succeed and the tools for her to become a better parent, but a path to create a community for them both. She soon became part of Head Start’s Policy Council, first as a member and then as a parent advocacy chair. The Parent Policy Council shares governance of the program with staff and assists, among other ways, in assessing the changing needs of the community.

Judith also received help at The Child Center in working toward some of her own life goals. She has overcome her language barrier…studying English and working towards her GED, which she has just completed, earning an above average score. She is looking to college as a next step. Rodrigo is now a five-year-old kindergartener who loves school and is already reading and writing.

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