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The Family Program

The Family Program at Drew Hamilton consists of several components:

Summer Camp

The Children’s Aid Society believes that summer provides children with an important opportunity to play, learn new skills, meet new friends and be exposed to the world outside their community. That's why the East Harlem Center hosts four different programs: Home Camp, Bridge Camp, Wagon Road Camp and Alvin Ailey Dance Camp.

All Camp Programs utilize project-based learning and theme curriculums to enhance the summer learning opportunities.

Home Camp:

Fall Saturday Program

Sewing Class

For children ages 11-14. Learn basic sewing skills, sewing by hand & learn how to work with textiles & patterns.

Basketball Clinic

Beginning and advanced players ages 7-14 are taught basketball skills.


11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during three Saturdays in November.


Call the Goodhue Center in October to register your child for either program.

Fee: $45 per child.

Head Start

The Head Start program offers child-focused programs designed to prepare young children for elementary school. The daily program provides a range of individualized services in the following areas:

  • Education and early childhood development
  • Medical, dental and mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Parent involvement

The program is responsive and appropriate to each child's and family's developmental, ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage and experience.

Teen Evening Program

Basketball, volleyball and other sporting events, as well as tutoring and cooking classes, are available for teen-agers at The Goodhue Center. Group leaders supervise all activities.

Ages: 13-17

Schedule: 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, October through June.

Registration: Parent permission is required for teen membership. Enrollment is ongoing.


The Frederick Douglass Center Tweens program provides arts and education activities specifically designed for the transitional period between childhood and the teen years. In addition to the after-school offerings, the Tweens program also provides drama and dance, participation in the Children's Aid Chorus and mentoring through Project LIVE. The objective is to help reduce the risk of school drop-out, truancy, substance abuse, violence and gang affiliation.




3-6 p.m. schooldays

Tutoring Program

Students who need extra help with their schoolwork can be tutored in a large variety of subjects such as reading, math, social studies and language arts.


Elementary and intermediate school students.


Students and tutors meet for one hour weekdays between 3-6 p.m.


September to April. Call Tutoring Coordinator Pam Katzman for more information.

Indoor Soccer League and Clinic

Indoor Soccer League

Schedule: Every Saturday for eight weeks from January through March.

Leagues: Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14.

Registration: There are registration events in December. Please call The Goodhue Center for dates.

Fee: Team membership is $200 per season. There is an additional referee charge of $10 per game.

Soccer Clinic

Instructional soccer, drills and play.

Ages: 4-8

Summer Camp

The Frederick Douglass Center offers its own camp for children ages 5-11. Also available is 7:45 a.m. daily pick-up for the Children's Aid country day camp at William Osborn Day Camp on Staten Island.

Bridge Program

The Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center Bridge (pre-adolescent) program provides middle school youth (ages 11-14) with a diverse range of activities and services focused on the social, physical, emotional, cognitive and academic development of middle school age children. Bridge youth attend both special, age appropriate after-school programming (3 – 6 p.m.) as well as attend special activities at night during teen program hours (6-8 p.m.) to foster confidence in transitioning to evening programming and interacting with older adolescent youth.

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