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Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Are you a Children’s Aid Society employee? I am not directly employed by The Children’s Aid Society but I am a trusted partner who assists Children’s Aid by answering phones when the Children’s Aid office is closed.
  2. What is The Children’s Aid Society’s mission? Mission: The Children’s Aid Society helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.

David L. Giordano

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Even now, at age 45, this is one of David Giordano’s most prized memories: it was the All-Star basketball game at the Frederick Douglass Center. Spectators filled the stands; new red, white and blue nets waited for the first baskets of the night. The team’s star player tapped the ball to David, and he let it fly. "Nothin' but net," David thought, as the crowd roared its approval.

"I scored the first two points and my mom jumped and went all crazy," David says. "There was this kind of energy in the place that is still there today."

“I could have been a very angry teen-ager”

Online Communities

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Contact Us

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The Office of Volunteer Services is committed to ensuring that our volunteers have a positive and rewarding experience during their time with us. We provide Children’s Aid programs and staff with access to dedicated individuals looking to donate a portion of their time working directly with and on behalf of our children and families. Currently, the Office of Volunteer Services supports over forty programs and events involving volunteers.

Contribution Information Disclosure

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The Children’s Aid Society is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. All contributions over $10.00 will be formally acknowledged. A copy of the most recent annual report is available upon request. Contact:

Celebrating Two Inaugurations

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We are happy to offer the inaugural issue of Partnership Press, an electronic newsletter designed to provide updates and analyses about community schools in New York City as well as across the nation and around the world. We timed our launch to coincide with the presidential inauguration in the U.S., and we chose the theme “Community Schools: Democracy in Action” as a way to highlight one of the key benefits of the community schools strategy − its focus on active citizen engagement in supporting student achievement, family well-being and school success.

After-School Program

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This five day a week program provides a warm, wholesome and structured environment for children during after school hours. The children will participate in structured homework time as well as a variety of classes and recreational activities such as:

  • Literacy
  • STEM
  • Cooking
  • Arts & crafts
  • Sports

The emphasis of the After-School Program is on helping children develop social skills and to explore their own creativity.

Snacks are served on a daily basis.

Transportation is available from local feeder schools.

Sustain What You've Started

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The Children's Aid Society views sustainability as involving not only aggressive fundraising but also public relations, constituency-building and advocacy. This approach is consistent with that recommended by The Finance Project, a non-profit policy research organization that helps develop creative ways of financing children’s services.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

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No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity available at The Children's Aid Society on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed, political belief, age, national origin, linguistic and language difference, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, height, weight, marital or familial status, or disability.

Making the Case for Community Schools

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The first part of making the case involves thoroughly understanding the Community Schools concept. We encourage you to read The Children's Aid Society's books: Building a Community School (2001) (click here for free download) and Community Schools in Action: Lessons from a Decade of Practice (2005), available from Oxford University Press.

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