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Programs for Preschool Children

Early Childhood Learning Centers are high-quality childcare facilities that serve children ages 3 – 5 years old. Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based early childhood development and parent education program that gives parents the tools to be their children’s first teachers.

Contact Us.

Beverly McLeod, Program Director
bmcleod@bronxworks.org

Early Childhood Learning Centers

BronxWorks operates two Early Childhood Learning Centers. These high-quality, full-day childcare facilities have classrooms that serve children ages 3 – 5 years old, with a heavy emphasis on age-appropriate learning and social skills development to prepare children for elementary school.

ECLC FAQ

What are the hours of operation for the Early Childhood Learning Centers?

The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Does the Early Childhood Learning Center accept HRA/ACD vouchers?

Both programs are Headstart programs funded through the New York City Department of Education. Families are required to meet headstart eligibility requirement to enroll in the programs.

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngster (HIPPY)

HIPPY is a home-based early childhood development and parent education program that gives parents the tools to be their children’s first teachers.

Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center

1130 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Contact:

Ana Rosa Ramirez-Aguero, Program Coordinator

aramirez@bronxworks.org

Phone:

718.508.3065

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Through HIPPY, families are encouraged to see the whole home as a learning environment. The program offers structured activities that give parents the confidence to engage their children in educational activities, removing language and education barriers. A HIPPY parent educator works with each family, visiting their home to provide support and introduce new lessons through role-playing.

The HIPPY program aims to meet the cultural and language needs of the families that we serve. Currently, the program serves families that speak Spanish, French, English, and some African dialect.

HIPPY FAQ

Can I have more than one child in the HIPPY program? 

Yes, as long as they are in the age range of 3 to 5.

Do I get a certificate of completion once I finish the program?

Yes, upon completion the program coordinator will issue a certificate.

How long is the program cycle? 

Thirty weeks.

My daughter is a little more calm than she was before. She looks forward to the next activity to see what we were going to do. This has helped me grow with my daughter, because she’s not going to stop learning.”

— Niyema Z., HIPPY Parent

Community Impact

In 2019 alone, we engaged 174 preschool children and 6,468 school-aged youth.