Partnership With Children, Inc.

Partnership with Children has remained true to the mission of its founders for more than 100 years. What started as a volunteer mentoring program for troubled girls has evolved to provide critical services to nearly 10,000 boys and girls who face daunting problems in their lives. Today we serve children in 26 public schools in New York City. Our mission is to strengthen the social, emotional and cognitive skills of at-risk children.
Jan 10, 2013

Final Project Report

Dear Friends,

 

Many of you learned about the change and opportunity that Partnership with Children was faced with this past fall 2012. Partnership with Children is one of the organizations that have been chosen, through the Department of Education and Department of Mental Health for FEMA “Project Hope”, to provide vital support to help New Yorkers deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The effects of the storm have brought the many struggles that Partnership with Children’s students face every day, into the spotlight. Partnership with Children continues and expands the important work we do with the highest-need students and schools to embed the social and emotional skills necessary to deal with the everyday stressors that have now increased exponentially due to the storm.

 

Our success in providing vital social and emotional support to children and youth in high-poverty schools is a direct result of the generous support of friends such as you. Please continue to stay in touch by visiting our website at www.partnershipwithchildren.org, and thank you again for your kind contribution and commitment to the young people of New York City.

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Dec 4, 2012

Partnership with Children Fall Update

Dear Friends,

This fall has been full of unexpected change and opportunity for Partnership with Children. Like many other organizations in New York City, our students, schools and staff were all affected by Hurricane Sandy. In the wake of this disaster Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an $8.2 million grant from FEMA for “Project Hope”. “Project Hope” will provide crisis counseling to those in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, including New York City.

Partnership with Children is one of the organizations that have been chosen, through the Department of Education and Department of Mental Health, to provide vital support to help New Yorkers cope with these traumatic experiences and rebuild their lives. The effects of the storm have brought the many struggles that Partnership with Children’s students face every day, into the spotlight. Partnership with Children continues and expands the important work we do to care for children who have experienced unbelievable hardship and seemingly insurmountable challenges. We are continuing our work with the highest-need students and schools to embed the social and emotional skills necessary to deal with the everyday stressors that have now increased exponentially due to the storm. Our social workers are providing the critical counseling services, crisis intervention and grief and loss training. Partnership with Children is proud to be entering additional schools, and serve additional students, to contribute to the success of “Project Hope”.

Our success in providing vital social and emotional support to children and youth in high-poverty schools is a direct result of the generous support of friends such as you. Thank you again for your kind contribution and commitment to the young people of New York City.

Sincerely,

Margaret Crotty

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Sep 5, 2012

Partnership with Children's Summer Quest Program!

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Dear Friends,

 

This summer has been a busy one for Partnership with Children, helping us evolve and grow as an organization. Margaret Crotty joined as our new Executive Director in April 2012, replacing Michelle Sidrane, who has retired.  Ms. Crotty has already made many exciting changes to the agency.

 

Our social work staff, led by Associate Executive Director of Programs, Barbara Cavallo, has used the summer to fine-tune aspects of our model and has recently completed a spectacular summer program, Summer Quest, for 120 students at JHS 296 in the South Bronx.  Funded in part by the NYC Department of Education and the Fund for Public Schools, the selection process was very competitive with 11 partnerships being selected out of 45 applications. This 6-week program provided 6th – 8th graders with a unique educational enrichment curriculum as well as opportunities for social-emotional growth.  The program was designed to combat summer learning loss, which is defined as the lost knowledge students experience over the summer months due to a lack of structured educational programming. Studies have found that summer learning loss contributes to the achievement gap between low and high income students. While most students lose an average of two months of mathematical computation skills over the summer, low income students, in addition, lose more than 2 months of reading achievement, while their middle class peers make slight gains in reading achievement. The increasing gap between higher and lower income students can be explained partially by unequal access to summer learning opportunities, which may hamper a lower income student’s ability to graduate or attend college.


Partnership with Children’s Summer Quest program was designed to meet the needs and interests of students, in addition to aligning with the DOE curriculum standards. For the first half of the day, students worked with a teacher and Partnership with Children social worker in an academic enrichment setting to strengthen their education. The afternoons were run solely by Partnership staff, where students applied their knowledge through off site field trips, media literacy and projects that align with NYS social studies standards.

Summer Quest was a great success and pushed us closer to preventing summer learning loss and promoting summer learning gain that will ultimately help to narrow the achievement gap. Just for fun, I have attached some photos of our summer program students.

 

Please know that our success in providing vital educational and behavioral support to children and youth in high-poverty communities is a direct result of the generous support of friends such as you. Thank you again for your kind contribution and commitment to the young people of New York City.

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