It’s no secret that what children learn in their first few years of life can have a long-lasting impact on how they grow into adults, which is why finding high quality childcare is so important. The problem is, if you are a working parent in New York, finding quality childcare – and being able to afford it – can put early learning out of reach.
But not if you qualify for childcare services at The Salvation Army’s highly regarded early learning centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens, which currently have openings.
“Our mission is to create an environment where children enjoy learning,” says Cecil Hodge, former Educational Director for our Child Care Center in the Tremont section of the Bronx. “We want children to become life-long learners, and our mission is to cultivate excitement in the learning process to prepare children for the future.” The Salvation Army operates 6 childcare centers in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. We offer free childcare to families, providing a tailored program that can help [children to develop] between the ages of 2 and 5.
We strive to create an environment where children can learn how to become critical thinkers and are given opportunities to participate in fine arts, educational exercises, and field trips. The purpose of these activities is to teach colors, shapes, letters, numbers, and to gain new and exciting hands-on learning experiences. Children are encouraged to explore the world around them to develop their independence and expand their imagination.
“A lot of the teachers are from within the same community as our students,” continues Hodge. “We have a lot of veteran teachers that have been in the field for a very long time who have a passion for educating children.”
The Salvation Army, the leading provider of social services in the United States, offers a unique opportunity for families to also benefit from our network of food pantries, soup kitchens, after school programs, senior programs, and holiday assistance programs.
Centers are located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. The Salvation Army Child Care Programs are licensed by the NYC Department Of Health and Mental Hygiene. All of our Centers adhere to CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 to ensure a safe learning environment for all children and staff.
Banner Image: Salvation Army’s Child Care Center. Image Credit – The Salvation Army GNY