Archives for July 2014

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…]

Meet CFL Program Director Omar Roberts


OST @ PS 971 Program Director Omar Roberts (right) has been involved in CFL since attending summer camp at age six.

Omar Roberts was six years old when he first came to SCO’s Center for Family Life as a camper at the Beacon at PS 503/506, which was formerly PS 314. It was an auspicious start: Over the next nearly three decades, the Sunset Park-based program became a huge part of his life – and Roberts became a significant part of CFL as he followed a path from camper to counselor, group leader, program supervisor – eventually becoming Director of the PS 971 Out-of-School Time (OST) program, overseeing one of the same summer and after-school programs that were his first introduction to CFL.

“I get to come in every day to do the work I love with the people I love most,“ Roberts said in early July as camp got underway at the Beacon Center in PS 503/506. The love is clearly mutual. All around him, young campers shouted “Omar!”  when they saw him. “I get to serve my own community, give back to the neighborhood and the people I grew up with. What other job gives you that?” [Read more…]

Governor Cuomo Awards SCO Grant for After-School Programs

Governor Cuomo Awards SCO Grant for After-School Programs

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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Field Day celebrations made quite a splash this week for students and staff at The Christopher School in the Bronx

Congrats to North Queens Community High School grad Raheim Moore & all SCO grads throughout NYC and Long Island!

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