Ross’ Story

Ross, a former student at SCO’s Westbrook Preparatory School, is a motivated and engaging young man who has Asperger syndrome. “I’m actually different from many people with Asperger’s in that I’m a very social guy,” says Ross. “On the other hand, sometimes I am unaware of other people’s feelings. I can be impulsive, and I do get overwhelmed. ”

Ross had difficulty adapting at his previous public school due to these challenges. However, Westbrook’s residential school setting gave Ross the opportunity to work on his social skills and develop strategies to help him avoid feeling overwhelmed.

One key element of life at Westbrook is the internship program. While students find comfort and build confidence living and learning with other teens who have similar challenges, they know that they need to prepare themselves to communicate and work well with all kinds of people. Ross’s first internship was at Sports Authority, and he held another at St. Brigid’s Elementary School Camp where he found talking with children about sports very rewarding.

His interest in sports led Ross to his next internship at WCWP 88.1 FM, the college radio station at CW Post. He ran the audio control sound board at sporting events, made guest appearances on a college sports talk show and researched sports information for use on air. He enjoyed his experience so much that he decided to study communications in college.

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

Ross’ Story

Westbrook Preparatory School

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