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Academic and Social-Emotional Learning

Education neither begins nor ends within the walls of a classroom.
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Early Childhood Graduates

Our mission is anchored by an indisputable fact: Young people have the best chance to rise above the barriers of poverty when they succeed academically. Education neither begins nor ends within the walls of the classroom. We have built a foundation of supports designed to position children and youth to achieve in school.

Early childhood programs establish strong attendance behaviors and emphasize social-emotional learning. Dynamic academic engagement extends beyond mandated class time, through things like enriching summer programs. College admissions test prep and campus visits make higher education more than just a dream. Internships and summer youth employment teach workplace behaviors and shape ideas of an independent adulthood.

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52%

Pre-K centers

have an attendance rate of 90% or higher

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86%

Of Students

ended the school 2016 year with typical and strong social-emotional competencies

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88%

YOUNG CHEFS

reported liking their fruits and veggies more after being in our Go!Kids program

Education and Leadership

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    After-School Programs

    Whether it’s robotics club, a sports team, or homework help, all Children’s Aid community schools and centers provide quality activities that help kids reach their full potential.

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    Community Schools

    The community school strategy delivers services tailor made for a particular student population and positions those scholars to overcome the barriers to academic success.

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    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

    All young people have limitless potential, no matter what challenges they face. Each Saturday, deaf and hard of hearing youth can enjoy an array of enriching activities that expand their world.

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    Early Childhood

    Before they take their first steps to the day they walk into their kindergarten classroom, our littlest ones are ready to be healthy, lifelong learners.

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    Foster Care Educational Services

    While young people in foster care face huge challenges, they too aspire to a better future through college and will succeed at that level with the right support and resources.

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    High School Equivalency Programs

    The evidence is clear: Higher education leads to greater lifetime earnings. A high school equivalency degree can be a crucial step to rising above the barriers of poverty, and to a better life.

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    Mentorship

    A cornerstone of our community outreach is a commitment to provide children and youth with dedicated mentors who are there for them every step of the way.

Summer Enrichment

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    AileyCamp New York

    Each summer, Children’s Aid hosts AileyCamp New York, a powerful dance enrichment experience made possible through a long-running partnership with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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    Summer Camps

    For nearly 3,000 children and youth, we make sure that every summer is loaded with fun and intellectually engaging activities that keep young minds sharp.

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    Summer Youth Employment

    When a meaningful job experience is coupled with academic achievement, a young person has a much better chance of finding success and independence in adulthood.

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    Wagon Road Camp

    Wagon Road Camp provides a fun, inclusive summer experience set in a woodsy, natural environment for hundreds of kids from New York City and the surrounding Westchester area.

College and Career Readiness

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    College Access and Success

    The math is simple: College graduates earn much more over their lifetimes. Putting college within reach of young people and empowering them to succeed can and will break the cycle of poverty.

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    Job Readiness

    Meaningful youth work experiences lead to better career opportunities down the road. Adolescents can find an array of workforce options that connect with their academic and professional aspirations.

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    Next Generation Center

    Many young people face extraordinary obstacles in pursuit of their aspirations. The Next Generation Center is designed to meet their special challenges and map out a route to success and stability.

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    Youth Employment

    Internships and job opportunities can help young men and women start shaping their futures and careers, and inspire them to achieve in and outside the classroom.

Every Step of the Way

How we connect children and youth with the tools to learn, grow, and lead.

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