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First Campaign for Children Town Hall at Milbank

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On Tuesday, January 8, more than 100 advocates, parents, children and providers gathered at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center for the first Campaign for Children town hall meeting of 2013. The event is the first in a series of town halls across the five boroughs that the Campaign for Children will host to encourage advocacy activities around child care and after-school programs during the upcoming City budget process.

Milbank Center Director Casper Lassiter welcomed the crowd and reminded all how important it is to come together and fight for these vital programs. He noted that the center’s after-school slots for elementary school students were not funded last year, which meant that Milbank served 100 fewer children from the community. Parents whose children attend early childhood and after-school programs expressed the heartache they would feel if they were to lose what they consider a lifeline.

The grandmother of one child, Chase, who has been unable to attend Milbank afterschool program due to the budget cuts, shared with the group his grief. His grandmother says Chase constantly asks what he did wrong to be cut from the program.  To Chase, just like all of the children who go to this center, Milbank was his home away from home and staff were his family, too.

Council Member Gale Brewer said she shared the crowd’s discontent with the instability of funding for these critical services for children. She strongly encouraged parents to meet with their local elected officials to let them know they are being held accountable to do right by New York City’s children. Brewer also applauded the Campaign’s work over the last year and advocates’ role in pushing for restoration of funding for these programs, which help parents keep their jobs and support their families and while providing a safe haven and caring environment for children.

Visit the Campaign for Children’s website here for more information on other events and sign up to be a member of the Campaign. Make your voice heard today!

East Harlem Anti-Violence Campaign Wins Top Prize

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The Children’s Aid Society’s East Harlem Center Keystone Club focused its 2012 community service efforts on an anti-violence campaign (called “WHY?”) to bring attention to the prevalence of gang violence and child abuse in the community.

Richard Buery on the Huffington Post: After Newtown, Arming Parents and Schools Against Violence

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In Richard Buery's latest Huffington Post piece, he responds to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, emphasizing the need for stricter gun control and more effective mental health care.

Fannie Lou Hamer H.S. Women's Boutique

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On December 13, Fannie Lou Hamer High School, a Children’s Aid community school, held a Women’s Boutique to honor its mothers with an evening dedicated to pampering and care.

Hogs & Heifers Bring Christmas to Harlem

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Written by Alirio Guerrero, Director of Preventive Services

This past Sunday December 9, you might have noticed the caravan or heard the thundering sounds of nearly 80 motorcycles driving up the West Side Highway to deliver over 300 gifts and holiday fun to the children and families of The Children’s Aid Society’s Preventive Services Program.

NYC Architects and Designers Bring “Santa’s Workshop” to Dunlevy Milbank

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On Friday, December 7, The Boys and Girls Club of America and Herman Miller teamed up with top New York City architecture and interior design firms to present the 16th annual “We Care” event at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center.

2nd Annual Children's Aid Society Gala a Huge Success

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Last night's second annual Keeping the Promise gala raised more than $1.5 million for The Children's Aid Society and NYC's neediest children, shattering last year's fundraising record. The event was held at 583 Park and honored Citigroup, Inc. and Bill McDermott, Co-CEO of SAP AG, for their long-time support of the organization.

Garden of Dreams Hosts "Pay It Forward" Event at Dunlevy Milbank Center

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Farmer's Market Visit Encourages Healthy Eating Habits

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Children's Aid College Prep Charter School Opens Its Doors

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