Who Do We Help?

We work with partner organizations across the country and fund learning centers that offer children an engaging, safe and happy place to learn and develop. We work with and help fund 60 centers across the US, with over 20 in New York City.

Below are a few of the centers with which we have a long-standing relationship and continue to work with today:

14th Street Y

HMESF supports two existing initiatives within the 14th Street Y programming - The Educational Alliance Parenting, Family, and Early Childhood Center and The 2x2 Gradually Separating Program.

The Parenting, Family & Early Childhood Center offers educational and nurturing programs in the downtown area for expectant parents, new parents, infants, toddlers, and children with special needs.

The 2x2: Gradually Separating Program is a pre-nursery school program (ages 22-34 months),  which stimulates a child's social, physical, and cognitive development while safeguarding that security and comfort throughout the separation process. Later in the Fall Semester, adults gradually leave the room, allowing children to fully focus on their daily activities, their budding friendships, and their newfound independence.

For more information go to: www.14streety.org

Henry Street Settlement

Henry Street Settlement was founded in 1893 by social work pioneer Lillian Wald. Henry Street’s mission is to open doors of opportunity to enrich lives and enhance human progress for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.

Each day, over 100 Lower East Side children ages two through four attend the early childhood centers from neighborhood homes, public housing projects, and Henry Street’s family homeless shelters. Within this neighborhood educational attainment is a significant issue – just 37% of low-income children in the neighborhood meet state and city standards in reading and math and often do not experience positive educational role models. Henry Street Settlement’s youth programs and educational services respond to these specific challenges. They believe that the pathway out of poverty is through a quality education which needs to begin at an early age.

For more information go to: www.henrystreet.org

Jackson Avenue Center

This Bronx based center, The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) works with low-income families and communities in order to help improve their social and economic well-being. They work directly with those in need through outreach, education, and advocacy through their own resources and with existing partnerships with other organizations.CAB operates two Early Childhood Learning Centers which are high quality childcare facilities. They have  two classrooms which serve children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.

For more information go to: bronxworks.org/

Kennedy Child Study Center (2 Locations)

The Kennedy Child Study Center is a nonprofit agency dedicated to assisting very young children who are undergoing significant difficulties in learning and other areas of early childhood development. It provides a coordinated system of evaluation and diagnosis, multi-faced therapy, specialized preschool education and partnership with families. Direct services and supports are available to parents and other caregivers as they seek to provide a rich family life in which these children can thrive. The Center also offers comprehensive evaluations and service coordination for older children to help them acquire the appropriate special education and other services in their communities.

For more information go to: www.kenchild.org

Lennox Hill Neighborhood House

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, widely recognized as one of New York’s premier human services providers, is a 116-year-old settlement house that provides an extensive array of effective and integrated evidence-based services--social, educational, legal, housing, health, mental health and fitness--which significantly improve the lives of 20,000 people in need each year, on the East Side of Manhattan. Clients range in age from 3 to 103, represent dozens of races, ethnicities and countries of origin and "live, work, go to school or access services" on the East Side from 14th Street to 143rd Street and on Roosevelt Island. We have five locations between 54th and 102nd Streets, offer programs at dozens of East Side locations and deliver services to thousands of homebound clients in their own homes.

For more information go to: www.lenoxhill.org

Mother Hale House

The Mother Hale Learning Center (MHLC) opened its doors in 2006. The Center is open year- round and provides educationally based childcare to children ages six weeks to five years. The Mother Hale Learning Center meets a tremendous need in Harlem by offering high-quality, affordable childcare and education. Each year, the Center provides between 35% and 50% of the families with tuition subsidies They cultivate each child's unique social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development and help them to reach their full potential through art, music, dance, play, and academics. Guided by Mother Hale's founding principles, our loving staff provides a stimulating and nurturing environment where children can thrive.

For more information go to: www.halehouse.org

Northside Center for Child Development

The Northside Center for Child Development, Inc is an organization which works to foster the development of children and their families. They work to provide children and their families with the educational resources, mental health care, and support that they need to succeed. The organization is a non-profit organization that has been in existence since 1948 and is located on the Upper East Side/ Harlem in New York City. Within the larger organization, they offer Early Intervention services and Early Head Start for those children in the 0-3 years old age range through the Therapeutic Early Childhood Center. The Early Intervention program offers services to families in their homes and in the center itself. The Early Head Start has 5 classrooms.

For more information go to: www.northsidecenter.org

Riverside Montessori

Riverside Montessori School has been serving the preschool and nursery educational needs of Manhattan families since 1997. Riverside Montessori invites children to develop a love of learning because they are nurtured, valued, and respected. Children are in a natural environment where they are free to learn independently at their own pace.Riverside Montessori has 10 rooms and can accommodate up to 138 children; six of the rooms serve children ages 0-3 and four of them serve children aged 3- 5.

For more information go to: www.twinparks.org

Safe Horizons (5 Locations)

Lily House is a transitional shelter program that provides temporary housing to survivors of domestic violence and their families from NYC. Lily House provides comprehensive services in order to assist clients achieve independence. These programs range from safety planning, legal advocacy, financial literacy and job readiness to after-school activities for children. In order to strengthen their children’s program they have added an early reading program for the youngest residents. As research has shown, reading to young children promotes language acquisition and correlates with literacy development and, later on, with achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school. They strive to give their residents an opportunity to have an early good start.

For more information go to: www.safehorizon.org

Sunshine Learning Center

Sunshine Learning Center is a pre-school in St. Albans, Queens serving low-income children. The Center has four classrooms and the teachers are dedicated to helping children grow and develop to their full potential. The curriculum is academic in nature and geared towards teaching the children to read and write at their own level, problem-solve, and to share ideas. Integrated in the curriculum are Language & Literacy, Mathematical Concepts, Scientific Awareness, Computer Literacy, Spanish, Art & Craft, Physical Development, Health & Safety, Music, and Social Emotional Development. Throughout the year, the kids constantly have reading time and enjoy that time immensely.

Union Settlement

Since 1895, Union Settlement Association has been dedicated to solving urban problems in East Harlem. Through education programs and human services, the agency promotes leadership development and fosters economic self-sufficiency to help individuals and families build a stronger community. Operating from 17 locations, Union Settlement annually serves more than 13,000 people of all ages with effective programs in education, childcare, counseling, senior services, nutrition, the arts, job training, and economic development. Union Settlement states: "We serve 500 children and their families in six childcare and Head Start centers and 100 school-age children in after-school programs at two sites alone."

For more information go to: www.unionsettlement.org

Women In Need

Women In Need’s mission is to provide housing, help and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged. The opened their first shelter in 1983. WIN’s unique, comprehensive services are citywide, with sites in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. They include transitional family shelters and permanent supportive housing; licensed alcohol and substance abuse treatment clinics; job readiness preparation and placement assistance; children’s services; domestic violence assessments and counseling; HIV prevention education; and aftercare and alumnae programs to support the continued success of formerly homeless families. The Children’s Services are programmed to meet the developmental needs of children exposed to the trauma and instability of homelessness, poverty, violence, and substance abuse.

For more information go to: winnyc.org


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Helene Marks Early Start Foundation
P.O. Box 230234, New York, NY 10023


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