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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.

Staff Spotlight: Q&A with Alondra Santiago, Early Head Start Home Visitor

Alondra with her client family, through Early Head Start

A linchpin of our Early Head Start program, home visitors play a crucial role in helping clients strengthen the parent-child bond and increase school readiness where it begins: the home. They work with low-income families with babies, toddlers, and pregnant women, using the ParentChild+ home visiting model and curriculum. These dedicated professionals show parents how they can help their children learn, grow, reach developmental milestones, and feel confident and safe.

Alondra Santiago has served as a home visitor at The Child Center of NY for three years — and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Alondra with her client family, through Early Head Start

Alondra (left) with clients Isaías and his mom Rosalba

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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.”

Photo of the Week: “We Are Here as a Program to Support Her”

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.

Salary Parity Explained

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

Learn about the Salary Parity deal for NYC early childhood teachers
The early childhood years are among the most important, as they set the stage for a child’s future success in 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. 

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Mother’s Day Reflection: Child Center Programs Benefit from Program Moms

By Tanya Krien, Vice President, Early Childhood Education, Administration and Operations

Our Corona Head Start students are working hard on their Mother’s Day projects.

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


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