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SCO Family of Services Continues to Strengthen Management Team to Further Improve Outcomes for New Yorkers in Need

June 11, 2018 / SCO News

Jennifer Outlaw Appointed Chief Program Officer; Stephen Mack Promoted to Chief Financial and Administrative Officer; Madeline Martinez Promoted to Chief of Staff Glen Cove, NY  SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of essential human services for over 100 years, today announced the appointments of three senior executives to further…

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SCO Brownsville and PBS Kids Present Sneak Peek of New Show – PINKALICOUS & PETERIFFIC!

February 9, 2018 / SCO News

February 9, 2018 – Brooklyn, NY  Screening: Pinkalicious & Peterrific  Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:00am – 12:00pm 519 Rockaway Avenue Brooklyn, NY…

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SCO Family of Services to Open Independence Inn VII

February 1, 2018 / Independent Youth News

February 1, 2018 – Glen Cove, NY – SCO Family of Services has received funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development to open Independence Inn VII, a transitional independent living residence for runaway and homeless teen/young adult mothers and their children. SCO will also provide…

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SCO Family of Services Expands Programs for Children and Families in Brownsville

September 1, 2017 / SCO News

August 31, 2017, Brooklyn, NY – SCO Family of Services, a leading provider of social services, announced the creation and expansion of a variety of programs and services to help children and families living in Brownsville, Brooklyn. SCO has partnered with

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SCO Family of Services to Host “Brownsville Reads” Literacy Project

July 19, 2017 / SCO News

July 19, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY – SCO Family of Services welcomes families to participate in our Brownsville Reads Literacy Project at the Greg Jackson Center for Brownsville in Brownsville July 20 – August 31. Parent-child sessions will be held every Thursday from 1-2pm (ages 2 months – 4…

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Congratulations, Graduates!

July 7, 2017 / Independent Youth News

June 30, 2017 - Glen Cove, NY - Graduations, Award Ceremonies, End-of-Year Performances…there was much to celebrate at SCO as the school year came to a close! Here are a few highlights:

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FirstStepNYC Opens “Little Free Library”

December 29, 2016 / SCO News

December 29, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY  Our FirstStepNYC Early Childhood Education Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn opened a “Little Free Library” for their students and families thanks to books donated by individuals and organizations throughout the area. Students, parents and faculty from The Wampus School in Westchester hosted a book…

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For Bronx Librarian, Bringing Books to Homeless Children Inspires Hope

December 20, 2016 / SCO News

December 19, 2016 – Bronx, NY – Lester Holt did a wonderful story on the NBC Nightly News featuring our Crotona Family Residence’s Reading Literacy Program. A manager from the Morrisania Branch Library, Colbert Nembhard, visits the shelter every Wednesday collaborating with our staff to engage toddlers though reading, sing…

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SCO Welcomes NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariňa to Announce Homeless Shelter Reading Program

December 8, 2016 / SCO News

December 8, 2016 – Brooklyn, NY  SCO Family of Services welcomed NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariňa to our Flushing Family Residence in Brooklyn yesterday as she announced the Afterschool Reading Club (ARC), a brand new literacy enrichment pilot for elementary school students living in shelters. Chancellor Fariňa also took…

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Early Education Stretches into Summer

August 18, 2016 / SCO News

Three- and four-year-olds at our Jerome Hardeman Early Childhood Education Center have been learning, reading and playing together all summer long, thanks to the generosity of the Sirus Fund, whose financial backing made our full-day Summer Extension Program a reality. And after saying their ABC's, our young learners are saying, "Om," stretching their bodies and minds with child-friendly yoga classes offered at SCO's Early Childhood Centers in Brownsville, thanks to the Sirus Fund.

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Mayor Announces SCO ED Doug O’Dell’s Appointment to NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board

January 28, 2016 / Independent Youth News

SCO is proud to announce that Mayor Bill de Blasio recently appointed SCO Executive Director Doug O'Dell to the newly created NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. The Advisory Board offers valuable non-governmental expertise, relationships and resources to the City agencies that make up the Children's Cabinet, in order to help NYC best promote and protect children’s wellbeing. Members of the Board include appointees from all five boroughs in academia, faith, media, business, technology, the non-profit sector and the judiciary. In announcing the Advisory Board members, the de Blasio administration recognized Doug for bringing the following expertise: Douglas O’Dell is the Executive Director of SCO Family of Services where he has served in various other roles during his 24 years at the organization. He is an expert in the field of services to vulnerable populations of children, families and adults. During his time at SCO, he created SCO’s alternative to detention and placement programs serving court-involved youth in their homes with family-based therapy and community-based residences. He also launched the agency's Family Therapy Intervention Pilot which promotes families' acceptance of their LGBTQ children and provides services to reduce negative risk factors experienced by LGBTQ youth. Read the full press release below.

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2015 Holiday Cheer at SCO

December 18, 2015 / Independent Youth News

Thank you to the many, many SCO supporters and friends who donated thousands of gifts, organized holiday celebrations or otherwise supported the children, youth, adults, families and communities we serve during this special time of year. Below is just a sample of the overwhelming generosity shown toward New Yorkers in need during this season of giving.

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SCO Program Leaders Participate in Early Childhood Development Forum Panel

April 15, 2015 / SCO News

SCO's Maggie Petrosky - Director, Nurse Family Partnership & Parent-Child Home Program and Chanda Hill - Assistant Executive Director of Program Services (overseeing SCO's Early Childhood Programs) were among the Early Childhood leaders who served as panelists at the Early Childhood Development Forum in Brooklyn, hosted by Borough President Eric Adams and the Parent-Child Home Program, National Center. The forum brought together thought leaders, direct service organizations and policy makers to discuss the importance of early childhood education and care, specifically between the ages of 0-3.

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

April 1, 2015 / SCO News

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. 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. 

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

March 31, 2015 / SCO News

Update: Click here for our recap of the event. THE CITY OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF THE MAYOR NEW YORK, NY 10007   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:pressoffice@cityhall.nyc.gov, (212) 788-2958   **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.

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Last year,

97%

of children in our early education centers met or exceeded national mathematics performance standards

We help

2,000

children get ready for kindergarten