Special Initiative Programs

EXCEL in Writing, Thinking and Inquiry is designed to prepare talented but underprivileged high school students in the South Bronx for high academic achievement and college success. It builds upon The Children’s Aid Society’s longstanding college prep EXCEL (Educational Excellence Creating Empowered Leaders) model, and represents an innovative collaboration between Children’s Aid, New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, The Teagle Foundation and The Squire Family Foundation.

The objective of the Latino Outreach Initiative (LOI) is to give Latino youth and families access to interest- and need-based programs to help them develop leadership abilities and strong decision-making skills.

The New York City Prevention Resource Center (PRC) addresses the consequences of underage alcohol and tobacco use, as well as drugs, gambling and violence, through the development of city-wide coalitions and to assist New York City alcohol and substance abuse prevention providers as well as community-based organizations in New York City.

Launched in 2005 with support from The Sirus Fund, Talk & Play/Jugando Hablando is designed to serve speech and language-delayed toddlers enrolled in Children’s Aid’s Early Head Start program.

The African American Male Initiative: Creative Success is developing ways to combat obstacles and chart paths to success for young Black males.

Children's Aid is honored by the opportunity to expand our partnership with The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund through a special initiative for victims of the subprime mortgage crisis - The Subprime Neediest Cases Program. The Program is designed to provide financial assistance to affected families and individuals in the tri-state area, helping them to secure stable, affordable housing and avoid homelessness. Eligible families who are losing their homes as a result of predatory practices, including tenants facing eviction due to the subprime crisis, can receive financial support for relocation or home retention.