Shana’s Story

I have been challenged with addiction for 10 years, and have been in and out of outpatient treatment and detox several times – but I would always relapse.

When I arrived at Morning Star, I was at the lowest point in my life. Things were spiraling out of control. My four children had been taken from me and placed in foster care with a family member. And then I learned that I was 5 months pregnant.

I arrived with the worst attitude in the world. I was just so angry all the time. But at Morning Star, I started to reflect and gain clarity. I realized that I was hurt and angry with myself. And that’s when the healing began. Everything had been a fight up to that point. But I had nowhere to run – I had to face my problems.

Morning Star helped save my life. They never gave up on me.

Every interaction with my counselor and every staff member helped prepare me to re-enter the world clean and ready to thrive.

I attended treatment 5 days a week, attended a medical assistant program, and became certified in a workforce development program for nontraditional roles for women. And I learned that I am worth it! From now on, I show up, set up, and remain teachable.

When my baby, Liliana, was born, I can’t express how much the onsite child care at Morning Star II helped in my recovery. It made it possible for me to go to treatment, attend school, and focus on me. The structure kept me accountable for being a parent and prepared e for the real world.

I knew I was finally on a path to a better life when I left Morning Star. The court saw the improvements in me, too, and my children came back home to me. I never thought that would happen. Today, thanks to Morning Star, I have a home and my family lives under one roof.

I still visit the program to let them know of my progress. My goal is to be fully self-supported. I know there will be obstacles ahead of me. But I am prepared to take it one day at a time.

Become a Family Child Care Provider

family child care photoFamily Child Care Homes provide a year-round full-day child care and early education program for between 3 and 6 infants and toddlers. Group Family Child Care Homes provide a year-round full-day child care and early education program for between 7 and 12 infants, toddlers and preschoolers. If you are interested in becoming an SCO Family Child Care or Group Family Child Care Provider, fill out our online prequalification form.

Family Child Care Homes are licensed or registered by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and regulated by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The individual providers are responsible for applying for and maintaining the proper certification.

SCO Family of Services offers Child Care Providers:

  • Workforce development
  • Orientation and training
  • The Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care
  • Access to a larger community of providers
  • Administrative oversight and support
  • Assistance with child eligibility determination
  • Access to best practices in the industry
  • Access to sound nutritional programming through CACFP
  • The ability to transition children into center-based services (located in Central Brooklyn/Brownsville and East Elmhurst/Corona)

Who Can Be a Family Child Care Provider?
Our Family Child Care providers are warm and caring adults who have at least two years of verifiable experience working with children. Family Child Care Providers reside in the place where the child care will be provided. The home must have a private bathroom and kitchen, a working telephone and meet additional criteria. Children are accepted into Family Child Care Homes regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin or handicapping condition.

SCO Family of Services recruits Family Child Care Homes and Group Family Child Care Homes in the following communities:

Central Brooklyn – Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Crown Heights
Zip Codes: 11207, 11212, 11213, 11225, 11233

Contact: Deborah Davidson 718.443.4100 Ext 306

Western Queens – East Elmhurst, Corona, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Rego Park, Forest Hills
Zip Codes: 11365, 11366, 11367, 11368, 11369, 11372, 11373, 11374, 11375

Contact: Marie Fadoul 718.779.1661

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RJMCC & Tyree Learning Center

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Shana’s Story

Morning Star residential recovery

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Last year, we helped

418

adults become employed heads of households

We help

1,400

children and young adults through foster care programs