Child and family services

Educational Alliance’s programs respond to the complex needs of the children and families in our community. Through a blend of fee-for-service, subsidized, and free programs, we take an intentional and integrated approach to increase individual success and family stability. In addition to programs that support educational achievement, we provide wraparound support services to families to augment the strengths of those we serve.

We believe that family is the principal force preparing children for school and life. Parents and caregivers are their children’s primary teachers and it is critical that they be able to support and reinforce the learning and development experienced by children in our program. We encourage parental engagement in an effort to optimize their children’s learning and developmental experiences. We host family literacy workshops helping families enrich their home literacy environments by encouraging parents to read with their children and build practices that increase literacy and vocabulary critical for future academic success.

Review the offerings below to learn more about the many educational services for children and families in place across our agency.

Edgies Teen Center

Since its inception in 2007, the Edgies Teen Center, Boys & Girls Club located in Manny Cantor Center, has developed into an engaging free hub for teens that live or go to school in the Lower East Side. We provide strengths-based youth development through our four pillars: Academic Enrichment, Arts and Culture, Health and Wellness, and Social/Emotional Development and Leadership.
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After School Programs & BGCA

Educational Alliance’s Afterschool Programs on the Lower East Side and East Village provide almost 1900 youth a safe place to go during after school hours, including school holidays and summer.  Each of our nine sites is also a Boys & Girls Club.
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Joseph B. Rosenblatt College Prep Program

Fully 100% of our College Prep students who apply to college are accepted to at least one of the schools to which they submitted an application.  Most are the first in their families to go to college.  These are just some of the results we have been achieving each year since the creation of this important program in 2007
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The KOL Program

The KOL program at the 14th Street Y offers Saturday recreational programming for children aged four to seventeen with special needs and their families.  Launched in 2010 as a pilot program with just two offerings, KOL has grown to offer a variety of classes in sports, aquatics and the arts.
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New Country Day Camp

New Country Day Camp is set on 75 acres of the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds on Staten Island.  Children entering grades K-6 swim, play sports and discover the world around them in an enriching, inclusive setting informed by Jewish values.  Children in grades 2-6 choose their own programs in the afternoon from eight camp units– from sports to photojournalism.  Younger children (grades K and 1) have the opportunity to make their own smaller choices within a structured, nurturing, age-appropriate environment.  In the summer of 2014, New Country served 650 children, drawn from Lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn.
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New Town Day Camp

New Town Day Camp, located at the 14th Street Y, provides children ages 3.6 through 6 with a safe and active day camp experience.  We use the entire facility, including the pool, indoor gym, rooftop playground, art studio, and air-conditioned preschool classrooms.  Programming features daily water and imagination play on our rooftop, weekly swim instruction (a minimum of 3x per week), and regular classes and activities in the art studio. Campers are supervised by counselors with early childhood experience who facilitate Reggio inspired explorations throughout the summer.
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Toddler Summer Day Camp at 14th Street Y

Toddler Summer Day Camp at the 14th Street Y serves children aged 17 months to 3.5 years.  The camp has two options.  Mini-camp for ages 17 months to 3.5 years, has a morning session and an afternoon session.  A parent or caregiver must accompany the child at all times.  On Our Way is for children ages 2.4 to 3.5 years who have completed a separated program such as Two x Two.  We offer a morning session and an afternoon one.  Adults and children play together for half an hour on the rooftop playground.  The remaining two hours are spent inside without adults.  Children are presented with art activities, music and movement, circle time, story time, and snacks.
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Holiday Camp at 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y runs enriching and fun Holiday Camp programs for children in K-5 during public school holiday vacations and teacher conferences.  Activities include field trips, swim time, gym games, and more.
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Teen Theater Summer Camp

The Teen Theater Summer Camp is a two-week long downtown theater experience for children entering 6th grade to those finishing 12th grade.  No experience is necessary.  Students can study with experts in acting, singing, dancing, and playwriting and can design their own programs based on their particular interests.  Programming also includes audition preparation for high school, college, and community theater programs.
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Spring Break Teen Theater Holiday Camp

At the Spring Break Teen Theater Holiday Camp, students learn about acting, improv, public speaking, and more, gaining experience being in our professional black box theater.
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Tompkins Square Middle School Summer Camp

Hours: 10:00am-4:00pm (July 9th-August 9th 2018)

Location: 600 East 6th Street (between Ave B/C)

Contact: Cassian Thompson,

Activities: Dance, Drama, Table Tennis, Fencing, Therapeutic Art, STEM, and weekly trips

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PS 64 Youth Development Summer Program

Hours: 8am- 4:30pm (July 5th- August 17th 2018)

Location: PS 64 – 600 East 6th Street


Activities: Academic Enrichment & Talent Development

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PS 140 Youth Development Summer Program

Hours:8am-4:30pm (July 5th- August 17th 2018)

Location: PS 140 – 123 Ridge Street

Activities: Academic Enrichment & Talent Development

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2Generation Program

Our 2Generation program is the first of its kind in New York City. This program is designed to strengthen family functioning, enhance family financial stability, help parents overcome obstacles to furthering their education, and inform parents about education options as their children progress in school.
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MCC Parenting Center

At the MCC Parenting Center, families come together to connect and build friendships within a safe learning environment nurtured by our expert facilitators. This welcoming space within the Manny Cantor Center offers neighborhood families a true community, while providing support for the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of raising a family.
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14th Street Y Parenting Center

The 14th Street Y is rich with resources for parents of young children. Our discussion groups are open to all parents, regardless of where your child may be enrolled. Topics cover a range of parenting concerns, from fostering empathy and setting limits to gender identity and work-life balance.
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