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2018 In Review

2018 was a year filled with innovative accomplishments, partnerships, and initiatives. We strengthened existing parent programming like Family Works while launching unique new pilot programs like Babies and Brunch. Our after-school, recreation, and early childhood education staff continued to develop engaging new ways of sparking the imagination of children in

January 17th, 2019|

Teen Leaders Gear Up for the Summer at the Annual Teen Leader Retreat

At the annual Teen Leader Retreat, participants in the HFH Summer Camps Teen Leader Program gathered for a weekend filled with ropes courses and reminiscing after a summer spent acting as mentors at HFH Summer Camps. The Teen Leader Program, which lasts for three years, gives participants the opportunity to mentor younger campers

January 11th, 2019|

Prospect Afterschool Celebrates the Season at the Annual KidCare Holiday Party

At the annual KidCare Holiday Party, children from Prospect afterschool had the opportunity to celebrate the season with special treats, gifts, and activities, facilitated by KidCare volunteers and Prospect afterschool staff. The event offers the children a memorable start to the holiday season, and ensures that they have the opportunity to take full

December 26th, 2018|

Williamsbridge Recreation Caps Off a Month of Science-Themed Engagement

At Williamsbridge Recreation, every month brings a new theme for educational engagement, often focusing on topics underserved in the classroom. The highlight of last month's science theme was a KidCare-sponsored trip to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ where students engaged with exhibits exploring the human body, animal science, and mechanics.

December 21st, 2018|

Spotlight On: Celina Rodriguez

As a teenager, Celina Rodriguez, Director of Family Services at Prospect Family Residence, experienced living in a homeless shelter with her single mother and four siblings. Now, she channels that experience into coordinating comprehensive support for homeless families seeking to secure permanent housing and financial stability. “It helps me to communicate with people

December 18th, 2018|

Montefiore Partnership at Prospect Imparts Lessons on a Healthy Lifestyle

Cooking, Healthy Eating, Fitness, and Fun—or CHEFF as it is commonly referred to in the classroom—is a weekly partnership facilitated by the Community Pediatrics Program at Montefiore Medical Center, in collaboration with the Children’s Health Fund, a non-profit that brings comprehensive healthcare to children and families in need. Once a week, nutritionists visit

November 29th, 2018|

Spotlight On: Melody Clemons-Smith

Melody Clemons-Smith, Senior Client Care Coordinator (CCC) at Saratoga Family Residence, did not always imagine herself in the field of social work. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up,” Clemons-Smith said. “But I was always a helper at heart.” Working as a microbiology technician at Northwell Hospital for

November 20th, 2018|

Williamsbridge Monthly Themes are a Win for Educational Recreation

After a long day of school, the last thing some students want to do is follow along with another lesson. But when it comes to after school Recreation, instructors at Williamsbridge have found an engaging and exploratory way to keep kids learning without it feeling repetitive. Every month, the group follows a specific

September 24th, 2018|