Ossining Children’s Center

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The Ossining Children`s Center was founded in 1895 to provide educational and enriching care to the children of immigrant women whose husbands were killed or disabled while working on the railroad or the Croton Aqueduct. From the outset, child care at the Center was stimulating and nurturing, rather than just custodial. Historically and today, the Center maintains a firm commitment to making the highest quality child care available to working families at every income level. The heart of the Center`s mission is its generous tuition assistance policy, supported by philanthropic gifts from the community and some government assistance. The Children`s Center might be more aptly titled, “The Ossining Center for Family Empowerment,” because support for the entire family unit has always been part of its mission. For example, helping immigrant families learn English and become part of the American educational system is a time–honored tradition of the Center. Special family activities and parenting workshops are held occasionally in the evenings. Furthermore, the Center runs an effective childcare and parenting program for teen mothers, enabling them to graduate from high school; the Center is the lead agency in the “Stepping Stones to Higher Education for Teen–age Mothers,” which is run in collaboration with Ossining High School, the Open Door Family Medical Center, and Westchester Jewish Community Services. The Ossining Children’s Center is a New York State licensed, not-for-profit child care center governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  90-92 South Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562, 914-941-0230, www.ossiningchildrenscenter.org