COMMUNITY PARENTS, INC.

90 Chauncey Street
Brooklyn, New York 11233-1809
718-771-4002
718-771-8863 (FAX)

 

CYNTHIA CUMMINGS
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

DOROTHEA GOLDEN-WILSON
CHAIRPERSON

 

History
Program Description
Mission
Philosophy
Motto
Service Areas
Agency Profile

Far Rockaway Story


HISTORY

In 1968, a young grandparent, Trenton Mitchell, was chairperson of the DELEGATE POLICY COMMITTEE at UNION METHODIST HEAD START in Brooklyn, New York. The program was asked to leave the premises and Mr. Mitchell, along with four other parents, retained an attorney to draft a proposal and to form a corporation for the operation of their own HEAD START program. Meanwhile, Union Methodist unsuccessfully attempted solely to operate the existing program.

Mr. Mitchell's proposal was presented to and accepted by the COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENCY under the HUMAN RESOURCES ADMINISTRATION. In October of 1969, COMMUNITY PARENTS was incorporated and 60 children received their HEAD START experience at FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, located at 92 Herkimer Street.

Challenges were immediate. The new program occupied the second floor choir room. The teachers, themselves, painted the classrooms. The kitchen was in the basement. The program remained there until the Department Of Health no longer would license the facility. Pearl Neverson, then an assistant teacher and Salita Beuney, the Education Director, searched for an alternative space. A facility constructed for OIC Day Care at the JACKIE ROBINSON HOUSING COMPLEX was discovered. It had been unoccupied for two years. Rachelle Robinson, the wife of the renowned baseball player, for whom the housing complex was named, was instrumental and invaluable in securing the site for Community Parents Head Start. The program relocated to 90 Chauncey Street in 1978.

The 1980s presented a difficult financial time for Community Parents Head Start. It needed to expand to include an additional classroom. Payrolls were tight and sometimes were delayed. Personnel turnover was high. Volunteer parents, through commitment and dedication, eventually became permanent staff. Community Parents Head Start persevered.

The 1990s brought a period of rapid change. The additional classroom, which had been closed, reopened to become one of the first facilities for extended day service. It was Community Parents' initial step toward automation. In 1991, Mr. Mitchell decided that it was time to pass the torch and to retire from the program, which was so close to his heart.

Everything came to a sudden halt on Martin Luther King's birthday, in 1992. A fire completely destroyed the extended day classroom and severely damaged the remaining premises. Daily, staff outreached in the community to find a temporary site. BEREAN MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH opened its doors to us and the program was relocated to 1635 Bergen Street during the grueling renovation process. At the time, the motto was, "THE PHOENIX SHALL RISE FROM THE ASHES!" After four months, Community Parents Head Start returned home to a newly renovated and modernized facility.

Community Parents Head Start has come a long way! It is one of the few agencies which has a medical satellite clinic, KIDS COUNT, which provides itinerant services for children with special needs. An on site playground has been developed. Community Parents Head Start has maintained step with new and emerging technologies. The agency is the sponsor of the ACS/HEAD START PARENT TRAINING INSTITUTE. Community Parents Head Start continues to live up to its legacy, striving to serve children and families in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Community Parents Inc. is a comprehensive parent and early childhood program, serving children 3-5 years of age and their families, since 1969.
At least ten per cent of enrolled children have special needs.
Located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, (population 138,696) the agency also sponsors the Administration For Children's Services Head Start Training Institute, since September, 1994, offering a diploma program, (GED) Satellite Home Provider Training, (Bank Street College-Certificate) The Family Development Program (Medgar Evers College-Accredited) and numerous career development programs, including medical/dental assistant, family health assistant and computer training (Quest Institute).

The agency also is the interim sponsor of Family Head Start in Far Rockaway, N.Y.
since July, 1997, serving an additional 240 families.

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MISSION
Community Parents Head Start is a positive motivated change agent
committed to providing comprehensive services to children and families,
promoting self sufficiency and community empowerment of the mind and spirit.

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PHILOSOPHY
Community Parents Head Start believes that learning is an essential part of every child's life. Play and exploration are natural aspects of children's need to learn and to satisfy their curiosity about the world around them. While playing, children can develop abilities and ideas which are fundamental to future learning.

Each of us at Community Parents Head Start has a responsibility to provide an environment which is conducive to the development of young children. This is done through planning and evaluation with parents and staff.

As educators, we should use all creative means to motivate and to assist each child's development as we encourage interplay among social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth, all the while, taking into consideration that each child develops at his and her own pace.

In this process, we must also identify ways to work with other community agencies and organizations to effectively address family needs and to encourage parents to participate in the learning process. We work collectively, using all available resources to educate the Head Start child. Some of these resources may center around the development of ethnic pride and the awareness of the diverse cultures in our community. There are many avenues of learning to discover, in the home, community and surrounding areas of Bedford-Stuyvesant. As we uncover these paths of learning, our main objective and commitment is to educate and to develop the total Head Start child.

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MOTTO
"Together we aspire, together we achieve; working in unity to enhance our community"

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SERVICE AREAS

 

  • EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH

    The program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
    The Creative Curriculum is used to provide age appropriate, culturally diverse activities for children, enhanced by field trips. The philosophy is to develop and to educate the total Head Start child, while recognizing their developmental differences.

     

    • HEALTH

    Itinerant services are offered through Kids Count satellite clinic affiliated with Clinical Associates for Rehabilitation and Evaluation, Inc. (C.A.R.E.)
    Speech and language therapy, play therapy, occupational therapy, family counseling, Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services and medical screenings are provided.

     

    • NUTRITION

    Two thirds of a child's nutritional requirements are met through the contractual agreement with NYS Department of Health's Child and Adult Care Feeding Program (CACFP).
    Nutrition activities and parent workshops are included in the curriculum.

     

  • FAMILY AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

    A case management approach is used in the assessment of families' needs, identifying long and short term goals. This department is a liaison between the family and community resources that impacts the well being of the family unit.
    The philosophy is that every family has the ability to alter the social conditions that have formed the systems that surround the immediate community.

     

    • PARENT INVOLVEMENT

    Recognizing that parents are children's primary educators, training experiences are offered to parents as volunteers in the classroom, opportunities for involvement in center based activities and inclusion in the decision making processes in the operation of the program.

     

    • PROGRAM DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT

    Collaborative partnerships with a variety of service providers and resources from community based organizations strengthens the service delivery to participating families.
    The objective to make an effectual change in the lives of families is inherent in the mission of the program.

     

  • SPECIAL PROJECTS

 

  • FREE TO GROW HEAD START PARTNERSHIP
  • A partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Head Start Bureau,
    this initiative promotes communities free of substance abuse. Trained parent advocates perform community assessments and develop task forces to implement substance abuse prevention activities.
    • READING STARTS WITH US

    Sponsored by the Center for Intergenerational Reading at New York Technical College
    this family literacy model bonds teachers and parents in the fundamentals of reading strategies.

    • WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM (W.E.P.)

    The agency is a placement site for parents enrolled in HRA/Office of Employment Services (OES) workfare program.
    Parents may complete their work experience and training requirements through combined options of assignments and instruction.

    • NYU EARLY LITERACY NETWORK

    This emergent literacy development project, in collaboration with the Board of Education and New York University, identifies CPHS as a mentor site for technical assistance to other early childhood education programs.

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AGENCY PROFILE

COMMUNITY PARENTS
HEAD START

FAMILY
HEAD START

Funded Enrollment

100

240

# Staff

18

20

# Staff who were
former program parents

9

1

Program Option

Center Based

Center Based

Location

CPB #3
CSD # 16

CPB # 14
CSD # 27

# Classrooms (half day)

2

5

# Classrooms (extended day)

1

0

# Children with special needs

11

25

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