After a busy period of preparation, we're ready to share some important news - we've opened three new spaces this year! Further expanding into Brooklyn and strengthening our presence in the Lower East Side, we've now brought our total number of sites to 27 with the addition of the Atlantic Terminal Community Center, the Cornerstone Community Center at Campos Plaza and Creative Steps Early Care and Education Center.
Atlantic Terminal Community Center is joining Ingersoll Community Center as a dynamic duo in Brooklyn, the new frontier for US. Located at 501 Carlton Avenue, Atlantic Terminal is a space for people of all ages. Free programming includes after-school and summer camp sessions, as well as intramural sports teams, fitness classes and mentoring. New Site Director Jackie Robinson has taken the helm and has already made a splash in the community, as her staff – along with that of Ingersoll Community Center – choreographed and performed a surprise community dance in honor of MLK Day. Atlantic is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. To stay up to date on Atlantic Terminal's activities, like their page on Facebook or email the staff.
Cornerstone Community Center at Campos Plaza, located at 611 East 13th Street in Manhattan, is available for adults, teens, and young children. This East Village site represents a big step for US in the neighborhood after our efforts with the Beacon program and after-school services at P.S. 63. An after-school program for children aged three to five is held during the week and has the capacity for 80 children, but a key facet is providing a resource to teenagers in the area. Teens will have access to arts and sports programming, as well as workshops to develop entrepreneurial and marketing skills. To learn more about the site at Campos, read our feature on the new director Sairalyn Ansano and the neighborhood's University Settlement guru, Monique Flores. For more information or to get involved, email the Campos Plaza staff.
Creative Steps Early Care and Education Center is located at NYU's Washington Square Village, and serves nearly 80 children. The five-classroom space acts as a preschool to children ages 12 months to 4 years – and includes University Settlement's very first infant classroom. Future plans also include after-school care for children aged 5 to 10. The comprehensive curriculum will include a full range of arts classes to augment academic support and is led by Joyce Rittenburg. To learn more about Creative Steps, visit the program's Web page.
We look forward to serving more New Yorkers every day, and to building stronger communities with our new neighbors.