On Friday, February 19, a few city officials paid a visit to our Early Childhood Center at 184 Eldridge Street. Deputy Commissioner of Early Care & Education at ACS Lorelei Vargas, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services Herminia Palacio, and Council Member Margaret Chin were all present. The trio spoke with our Executive Director Melissa Aase, Deputy Executive Director for Early Childhood Programs Nina Piros, and Senior Program Director of Early Learn Sites Karen G. Cohen.
In their meeting together, the group spoke about our work with children from all ages - including our critical work with infants and toddlers through our Early Head Start, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs. We also spoke about the importance of integrating mental health and wellness throughout early childcare programs, as well as the successes and struggles with universal pre-kindergarten.
Following the meeting, Deputy Mayor Palacio, Deputy Commissioner Vargas and Council Member Chin visited three of our universal pre-kindergarten classrooms in the building, getting a few minutes to interact with the young children.
The visit comes just a few weeks before the city-wide pre-k deadline on March 4.
Check out our Facebook page for photos from the visit, and be sure to watch New York 1's segment from the visit online now!
If you are interested in learning more about our universal pre-kindergarten programs - or any of our other early childhood programs - please contact Karen Cohen at email@example.com, or check out our many early childhood program options.