FirstStepNYC is a new early childhood initiative that opened this fall in Brownsville, Brooklyn – a public-private partnership between the NYC Department of Education, the Administration for Children’s Services, SCO Family of Services and private philanthropy. SCO operates the innovative new birth-5 early childhood center at P.S./I.S. 41 at 411 Thatford Ave., serving an incoming class of 58 students and enrolling hundreds of children in its first five years. “FirstStepNYC is a wonderful opportunity to bring talented teachers, strong curriculum and supports for healthy development to young families in Brooklyn,” said SCO Executive Director Gail Nayowith.
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FirstStepNYC will provide full-day, year-round early care and education. Family involvement is a key component — parents will be partners and will receive extensive services to create a culture of involvement beginning at a child’s birth. Every family will be assigned a family support specialist and will have the chance to attend workshops around financial literacy, health, home safety, etc. An Early Childhood Leadership Institute at the site will train, support and develop more than 1,000 educators over the next five years.
A renovated courtyard space and play area at the school was unveiled on July 16th by Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The courtyard renovation was funded by Major League Baseball and the New York Mets. It contains a play area, nature center for gardening and science activities and a literacy corner, to be used both by children of FirstStepNYC and those enrolled in P.S./I.S. 41.
FirstStepNYC represents the first co-location of this kind in New York City. Children stay with the same teacher as infants and toddlers and then move to a room right next door, where they stay for their entire preschool experience as three and four-year-olds. Classrooms are arranged in neighborhood clusters to support smooth transitions for children and strengthen relationships among teachers and families, who work together over multiple years.
“Preparing all of our students to be college and career-ready is a long journey, and for the students it serves, FirstStepNYC will be just that — a first step towards that goal,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.