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FirstStepNYC hosts CityTech Nurses for community health event

March 24, 2015 / Independent Youth News

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…

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Nurse-Family Partnership Graduation – November 2014

November 7, 2014 / SCO News

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.

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SCO “Reads for the Record” to Celebrate Literacy

October 22, 2014 / SCO News

Parents, 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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SCO celebrates “Dads Take Your Child to School Day”

September 16, 2014 / SCO News

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.”

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SCO Goes Back to School

September 4, 2014 / Independent Youth News

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.

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Fun in the Sun at SCO — Summer 2014

July 14, 2014 / Independent Youth News

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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Congrats 2014 SCO Grads!

June 24, 2014 / Independent Youth News

Each year, SCO's alternative, residential and special education schools educate 1,100 youth. This month, we are proud to celebrate our June 2014 graduates, the academic achievements of all of our students, and the dedicated staff who help them succeed. Congratulations to students and staff at our three transfer high schools (Bronx Arena High School, East Brooklyn Community High School and North Queens Community High School), Madonna Heights School, The Christopher School, Theresa Paplin School, Tyree Learning Center and Westbrook Preparatory School! Read highlights from each school below (or click the links above to jump to content).

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FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute hosts Early Education Career Panel Dinner

June 20, 2014 / SCO News

The Early Education Leadership Institute at SCO's FirstStepNYC held its first Career Panel Dinner on June 17th  to engage and develop early childhood leaders citywide. Panelists included: Steven Antonelli, Center Director, BankStreet Early Headstart Gail Gordon, Adjunct Faculty at BankStreet and Hunter School of Social Work Sophia Pappas, Executive Director, DOE Division of Early Childhood Education Laura Ensler, Director, FirstStepNYC Leadership Institute Ina Solomon, Education Administrator, Instruction and Performance, DOE Division of Early Childhood Education Helen Frazier, Master Teacher, FirstStepNYC John Borrero, Director of Education and Disabilities, Administration for Children’s Services

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Joan Kuo, Director of FirstStepNYC at Pre-K Day of Action kickoff

June 16, 2014 / SCO News

Joan Kuo, Director of SCO’s FirstStepNYC early childhood center in Brownsville, Brooklyn speaks at Mayor de Blasio’s Pre-K Day of Action kickoff at the Department of Education. For more, visit http://sco.org/pre-k.

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We have pre-K seats available in Brooklyn & Queens!

June 12, 2014 / SCO News

Four of SCO’s Community-Based Early Childhood Centers (CBECC) in Brooklyn and Queens have pre-kindergarten seats available! For more information on securing your child’s spot in one of our free full-day pre-K programs, parents can  contact the individual centers directly using the contact phone numbers below. Parents are urged to apply by June 26th to find the best option for their child.

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Nurse-Family Partnership Graduation Ceremony

May 5, 2014 / SCO News

SCO Family of Services celebrated the latest graduates of the NYC Nurse-Family Partnership program in a graduation ceremony April 30, 2014. Congratulations to the families, nurses and staff! 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. 

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