Hillary Clinton and Chirlane McCray Announce “Talk To Your Baby” Campaign at SCO/FirstStepNYC

Photo credit: NYC Mayor's Office

Photo credit: NYC Mayor’s Office

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited SCO Family of Services’ SCO/FirstStepNYC early childhood education center Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to jointly launch New York City’s “Talk To Your Baby, Their Brain Depends On It” public awareness campaign, urging parents to talk, read and sing to their babies from birth.

Photo credit: NYC Mayor's Office

L-R: Chirlane McCray, Hillary Clinton, FirstStepNYC Founder Laura Ensler and Center Director Joan Kuo.

Clinton, McCray and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery announced a collaboration between the New York City Children’s Cabinet and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail children’s initiative that will feature major public awareness campaigns and a new partnership with Scholastic Inc. to distribute baby book bundles to hundreds of thousands of new NYC parents.

These efforts will focus on closing the “word gap.” Studies have found that by age four, children in middle- and upper-income families hear 30 million more words than their lower-income peers. This disparity in hearing words from parents and caregivers translates directly into a disparity in learning words. And that puts our children born with the fewest advantages even further behind.  [Read more…]

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chirlane McCray to Launch Early Childhood Initiative at SCO/FirstStepNYC

Update: Click here for our recap of the event.

THE CITY OF NEW YORK

OFFICE OF THE MAYOR

NEW YORK, NY 10007

 

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**Media Advisory**

 

WEDNESDAY: FIRST LADY CHIRLANE MCCRAY AND SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON JOINTLY LAUNCH NEW YORK CITY EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES

 

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, First Lady Chirlane McCray will team up with Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to jointly launch New York City’s Talk to Your Baby public awareness campaign and toolkit distribution, and the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small To Fail Community Campaign Guide at SCO Family of Services’ FirstStepNYC Child Development Center. [Read more…]

FirstStepNYC hosts CityTech Nurses for community health event

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Seeking to raise awareness for two major health concerns facing children and families in Brownsville – uncontrolled asthma and childhood obesity – the New York City College of Technology Nursing Department and representatives from Brookdale and Kings County hospitals Tuesday held a community meeting at SCO/FirstStepNYC, an early childhood education center co-located at PS/IS 41.

Participants included FirstStep parents; representatives from the Nurse-Family Partnership, Parent-Child Home Program,  the offices of NYS Assembly Member Latrice Walker and Council Member Inez Barron; P.S./I.S. 41 Principal Therese Siegel; and SCO staff, including AED Chanda Hill, AED Maureen Angliss and Family Dynamics Director Rick Gallwey. Under discussion: The need for early education, youth and community health program partnerships and a proposal by CityTech nurses to turn neighboring empty factories into community health resources, including a Boys and Girls Club, medical center and neighborhood recreation center. [Read more…]

Nurse-Family Partnership Graduation – November 2014

SCO celebrated the 27 newest graduates of the NYC Nurse-Family Partnership program in a graduation ceremony November 5th. Congratulations to the families, nurses and staff! See photos below.

Nurse-Family Partnership is a nationally recognized, evidence-based program for first-time mothers. Registered nurses provide in-home visits for expectant mothers during the early stages of pregnancy through the child’s second birthday, offering the counseling and support needed to deliver healthy babies and become good parents. [Read more…]

SCO “Reads for the Record” to Celebrate Literacy

SophiaParents, staff and guests including Sophia Pappas, Executive Director of Early Childhood NYC Department of Education, read the children’s book Bunny Cakes to the kids at our four Early Childhood Education Centers yesterday as part of Read for the Record – a national campaign to celebrate literacy. Bunny Cakes, by bestselling author Rosemary Wells, features bunny siblings Max & Ruby as they attempt to create the perfect birthday cake for grandma.

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record annual literacy campaign started in 2006 and has mobilized millions of children and adults to participate in the largest shared reading experience in the country.

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Takiema Bunche Smith Named Director of Early Education Leadership Institute at SCO/FirstStepNYC

Experienced Educator to Lead City’s Institute created to expand and develop a pipeline of Early Childhood Education Leaders in NYC

TBS HeadshotTakiema Bunche Smith, a highly experienced early childhood educator, has been named the inaugural Director of the Early Education Leadership Institute at SCO/FirstStepNYC, an initiative created to develop and encourage opportunities for early education leaders across New York City. The Institute is based at SCO/FirstStepNYC, a year-old state-of-the-art early education program uniquely co-located at a K-8 public school, PS/IS 41 in Brownsville, Brooklyn. SCO/FirstStepNYC serves children six weeks to five years, and is a public-private partnership with SCO Family of Services, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Administration for Children’s Services and other public and private funders.

Ms. Bunche Smith most recently served as Vice President, Education and Outreach at the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, where she oversaw teacher professional development, educational programming and outreach at five Brooklyn preschools. She will assume her new position at the Leadership Institute in late October, 2014. She was awarded a “Bammy Award” in September, 2014 by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, one of 25 educators and education professionals to receive the award across the U.S. [Read more…]

SCO celebrates “Dads Take Your Child to School Day”

Fathers were the focus at our early childhood centers today during “Dads Take Your Child to School Day” – highlighting the important role fathers play in their children’s lives and education.

“I took time off this morning to come here with my daughter,” said one dad named Steven. “It’s important for us to spend quality time together.” [Read more…]

SCO Goes Back to School

There was laughter, a few tears and a lot of excitement this week across SCO Family of Services’ schools in New York City and on Long Island as some 1,300 children began a new academic year at SCO’s four Early Childhood Education Centers, three transfer high schools in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and five residential and special education schools in Queens, the Bronx and on Long Island. [Read more…]

FirstStepNYC Early Education Leadership Institute Commencement

logoCongratulations to the first class of graduates from SCO/FirstStepNYC’s Early Education Leadership Institute Fellowship program!

Through a partnership with the DOE Office of Early Childhood Education and the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), SCO operates the FirstStepNYC Early Education Leadership Institute out of PS/IS 41. The Leadership Institute is designed to prepare and support current and future Early Childhood Education leaders to improve outcomes for all children and families by advancing quality and best practice in early education settings. During its first five years, the Institute will train, support, and develop over 1,000 educators, creating an early childhood talent pipeline for schools throughout the City.

Check out photos from the Leadership Institute Commencement event, celebrating the first cohort of early education professionals to complete the Institute’s inaugural Early Education Fellowship program. [Read more…]

Fun in the Sun at SCO — Summer 2014

Summer is in full swing across SCO. Check out highlights from a few of our programs below.

Children at the Jerome Hardeman Early Childhood Education Center in East Elmhurst, Queens ham it up for the camera while playing on the center’s rooftop playground.

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