Arjun’s Story

When Arjun joined SCO’s Individual Residential Alternatives program in 2014, his developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges greatly impacted his ability to function. They were so severe that he could not be in crowds, public spaces, and was unable to socialize. There were times when Arjun would refuse to eat meals with his housemates.

With the help and dedication of SCO’s staff, a plan was developed to help Arjun address these challenges and work towards achieving his goals. Last summer, Arjun attended the YMCA Camp Huguenot with his peers where he had a blast doing a variety of activities such as archery, rock climbing and canoeing. The fun did not stop there! After the camping trip, Arjun took a major step forward and drove to Battery Park with his sister and aunt. He entered the car with no hesitation and walked the High Line, went for pizza and drove around Manhattan with his family where he showed almost zero signs of anxiety.

Today, Arjun attends SCO’s community habilitation, partakes in various activities such as volunteering at canned food drives, delivering food to elderly adults, going to the bowling alley, and going to the local church’s gym to play basketball and soccer. Arjun spends quality time with his peers and he is now able to enjoy going out and be among his friends and family. He is also taking road-trips with his parents to Virginia and going on camping trips with his housemates without having anxiety.

Arjun’s breakthrough is the definition of a success story! He continues to thrive, and we are sure that Arjun will continue to work towards more independence and integration into his community.

 

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.

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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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Arjun’s Story

Individual Residential Alternatives

With the help and dedication of SCO’s staff, a plan was developed to help Arjun address his challenges and work towards achieving his goals. Learn More

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