Ryan’s Story

At 7 years old, Ryan was removed from his mother’s home and placed in SCO’s Foster Care program. Options for exploring his interests and creativity were limited. But that all changed for Ryan when his mentor at SCO encouraged and empowered him to pursue his dreams.

This mentorship broadened Ryan’s world and opened doors to opportunities. He discovered his abilities and strengths, nurtured a love for science, and developed his networking skills. Today, Ryan is proud to pay his experience forward by mentoring, encouraging, and guiding younger children at SCO.

Ryan is now a sophomore majoring in Biology at Jamestown Community College. SCO assisted him with transportation, college applications, and opportunities for financial aid to help him fulfill his potential and continue his education.

“Thank you for investing in my future,” said Ryan. “There is so much I would not have been able to do without the care and support that I received from SCO Family of Services.”

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First Step NYC

Early Childhood Education Center | Early Education Leadership Institute

Young girl holding up her painted hand from fingerpaintingFirstStepNYC is a new early childhood initiative that opened in the fall of 2013 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.  In partnership with FirstStepNYC is The Early Education Leadership Institute to develop and support the work of current and future early childhood leaders.


The FirstStepNYC Early Childhood Center

Teacher kneeling while young students surround herOur FirstStepNYC Center offers:

Full day, year-round child care services

  • A welcoming classroom for children
  • Warm and highly qualified teachers
  • A place for children and families to grow and learn together to prepare for Kindergarten and beyond

To enroll, families must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Children must be 6-weeks to 4-years-old

  • Income guidelines must be met
  • Priority given to siblings of children already enrolled in PS/IS41 and children or siblings of children currently enrolled in an SCO program
  • Working and non-working families may be eligible

If you are interested in enrolling your child in FirstStepNYC , please contact us at 929-234-6870.

The Early Education Leadership InstituteTwo women talking about the book Corduroy

The Leadership Institute is designed to prepare and support current and future leaders to improve outcomes for all children and families by advancing quality and best practice in early education settings.

We believe that partnering with public and private entities to bring together and support leaders from across the five boroughs of New York City is the most effective way to increase quality in early education and lay the groundwork to strengthen the lives of our youngest children for future success.

For more information about the Leadership Institute, please email earlychildhood@schools.nyc.gov with the subject Early Education Leadership Institute.

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