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23 Feb, 2011 | News

Early Childhood Programs Help the Whole Family

When Laura Gutierrez enrolled her three-year-old son, Gabriel, at the Sunset Park Early Childhood Development Center, she had high hopes for his bright future.

That’s why Laura was astonished when his teacher told her that Gabriel struggled with his fine motor skills. Determined not to let Gabriel fall behind, the early childhood teacher guided Gabriel’s parents through the process of enrolling him in on-site occupational therapy to improve his skills. With on-site therapy, he was able to keep up with the other children his age, and now writes beautifully and easily. Laura’s daughter is now enrolled in the program and is doing well, and Laura works at the facility as a volunteer. Laura also took advantage of nutrition classes at Cornell University, a service available through our program, and is proud to be able to make healthy snacks and meals for the whole family.  

Even after my children graduate from Sunset Park, I know we will still be part of this family. We feel so welcome here that we see it as our second home. - Laura Gutierrez

Triumphs such as these occur every day through Catholic Charities Early Childhood Development Centers, which offer comprehensive quality programs through 21 UPK, Head Start programs, child care centers and family day care, each designed to foster the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of preschoolers in a safe environment.  Catholic Charities uses the Montessori approach to early childhood education because it best meets the needs of children from birth to seven years of age.  To uphold our commitment to quality education, our Caritas Center provides Montessori training to our early childhood staff.  In addition, Caritas also helps provide essential learning materials for more than 90 classrooms at our sites — materials such as number rods, sandpaper letters and much more.  Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens reaches approximately 2,400 children each year, ensuring that they receive the best education possible for the best future possible.
Learn more about Early Childhood Services.