Quality center-based child care is one of the highest priority needs of Northern Manhattan and a critical component to supportive family housing. The Early Childhood Center at Dorothy Day Apartments was Broadway Housing’s first experience constructing a licensed child care facility and operating a program for young children and families. The center now serves 51 pre-school children and is supported by a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start award.
With six years of operational practice, Broadway Housing has recognized the powerful impact of quality early education in a low-income community. The proven benefits of quality early childhood programs include increased school readiness, improved social skills and early identification of special needs students, all of which positively impact long range learning goals such as high school graduation and increased income over each student’s lifetime.
Sugar Hill Early Childhood Center
The Sugar Hill development will incorporate a licensed early childhood center to service an estimated 100-120 children from infant through pre-school ages and their families. The center will be located on the ground level of the Project providing easy access to the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling to afford some sharing of space and facilities. The concept for museum-based early childhood education is drawn from the pioneering Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC), a NAEYC accredited program located in Washington D.C.
Additional program space at the new development will be set aside for after school programming for school age children. Advocacy to assist families and children with navigating and accessing the network of services for children with special needs is a uniquely valuable component of Broadway Housing’s current educational services at Dorothy Day Apartments and will be extended to the families of The Sugar Hill Project.