We are pleased to share the exciting news that The Child Center of NY has been awarded a federal grant to provide two new home-based Early Head Start (EHS) programs in Astoria and Woodside. These programs will serve 100 children from birth to age 3 and pregnant women, 50 in each community. Continue reading
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.”
Three cheers for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), whose members visited our Ficalora Family Foundation Head Start Center to read to our preschoolers and engage in fun activities together. They also brought along one of the children’s favorite furry monsters: Elmo! You can see the excitement on the children’s faces — and the adults’.Continue reading
When Rosalba, mom to 11-month-old Isaias, learned about The Child Center’s Early Head Start program in Astoria, she worried her son wouldn’t be eligible because he has Down syndrome. Home Visitor Alondra Santiago assured Rosalba that we work with all kinds of families and are here as a program to support her. With excitement, Rosalba enrolled Isaias immediately. One of their goals: to strengthen Isaias’ oral-motor skills while helping him build connections between the right and left sides of the brain so that he can blow out the candles on his first birthday cake. In this photo, Alondra perfectly captures the strong bond and happiness in this family.
Tuesday was a special day at Corona Head Start/EarlyLearn: It was Dads Take Your Child to School Day! A record-breaking 131 dads and other male role models participated in the event — much to the joy of 4-year-old Ximena, who had a blast painting a green elephant with her Papi.
Our school-age children had their own Dads Take Your Child to School Day fun. Stay tuned!
Five Things to Know about the Salary Parity Deal for Early Childhood Educators
By Tanya Krien and Marie Mason, Vice Presidents of Early Childhood Education
Earlier this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a plan to raise pay for early childhood teachers. The tentative deal ensures that certified teachers who work in community-based organizations (CBOs) will earn the same starting salary as their Department of Education colleagues who teach in public schools. The increases will happen incrementally, with full parity being achieved by 2021. Hundreds of NYC early childhood teachers could see their pay increase by as much as $20,000 under this deal. While we, like most professionals who work in the field of early childhood education, have been rejoicing the news and consider it long overdue, the deal is mired in details (as are most) and involves considerations that have not been widely covered. Below are five details about the agreement, explained from an early childhood educator point of view.Continue reading
By Tanya Krien, Vice President, Early Childhood Education, Administration and Operations
Mother’s Day is a special time at our Head Start centers. Even children as young as 3 understand how much Mom means to them and enjoy the opportunity to express it.
At The Child Center of NY, we strive to honor moms every day, in ways that will impact not just their children, but the moms, themselves, and even The Child Center as a whole. Continue reading
Every day is a celebration of the young child at The Child Center of NY, but during the annual Week of the Young Child, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, our Head Start programs participate in a national observance to spotlight the needs of young children and their families — and how early childhood programs meet them. Continue reading
March is National Social Work Month, a special time at The Child Center of NY, where social workers play an instrumental and inspiring role in helping young people who are facing trauma, mental health challenges, and other impediments to their ability to reach their full potential in life.
This year’s Social Work Month theme is Elevate Social Work, which embodies the need to recognize the extraordinary contributions of the social work profession to our society. We are grateful to the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare for taking this theme to heart every year with an annual celebration honoring social workers in Queens who exemplify excellence in their profession. This year’s celebration, which was co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers, NYC Chapter and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, was the 28th annual reception honoring the social workers of Queens. We are proud to announce that The Child Center’s own Ingrid Gomez, LCSW, Mental Health Therapist at our Early Childhood Program in Corona, was this year’s recipient of the 13th annual Fred Kuo Jr. Award Continue reading