When three-year-old Hezekiah first came to SCO, he wasn’t speaking much or making friends with the other children in pre-school. Just a week after he enrolled at our Morris Koppelman Early Childhood Education Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn, staff told his mother, Dionne, that Hezekiah had some trouble with speech and other developmental delays.
“This is not child care. This is a learning center.”
SCO staff made a promise to Dionne. “They told me, ‘We are working with him and we will get it done.’ It was the first time I felt encouraged.” A year later, after daily work to develop his speech and ability to socialize, a very friendly chatterbox emerged. “My Hezekiah is a different kid,” Dionne says. “He talks like crazy, he plays, he shares. This is not child care. This is a learning center.”