The centerpiece of the “whole family” approach, ABC's early childhood education and intervention programs prepare children ages 0-5 to enter kindergarten while laying the groundwork for critical life skills such as patience, compassion, civility, and resilience. While each of ABC’s schools has its special focus, all treasure children's individuality and encourage their optimum development, celebrate diversity in all its forms, and recognize parents as central to children’s well-being.
ABC strives to keep children out of emergency rooms and costly, restrictive institutions. ABC's Fast Break is a three-fold mental health care model that offers four Children's Mental Health Clinics in East Harlem and the South Bronx; the Children's Mobile Crisis Team that provides immediate crisis intervention for children in all of Manhattan; and School-Based Services in nine NYC schools that provide on-site counseling, crisis intervention, and mental health training for faculty and parents.
ABC’s preventive services program, All Children’s House, serves families with children from birth to age 5. Utilizing Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an evidenced-based, therapeutic intervention method that strengthens child-parent attachment, parental empathy, and resilience in families, our highly-trained, licensed therapists help break cycles of abuse and neglect while promoting long-term stability in families.
ABC's year-round Therapeutic Afterschool Program provides structured recreational play, academic tutoring, and experiential learning opportunities that foster academic and social/emotional development for children ages 5-21. Youth services also include a Therapeutic Summer Day Camp and an accredited Internship Program that offers hands-on job experiences for vocationally-bound high school students with physical and cognitive disabilities.
Connecting all of these services is Someone to Watch Over Me—ABC’s newest youth development initiative —that supports disengaged youth to stay on a positive life path through a web of critical supports.
ABC's family support programs serve isolated, destitute families, many of whom are recent immigrants with limited knowledge of English. The Open Door family resource center in East Harlem provides family-strengthening activities for disconnected families and supportive programs for parents. On weekends during the school year, the Saturday Program offers enriching activities and nutritious meals to children and families from all across the city.
As the first replicable model for permanent supportive housing for homeless families with HIV/AIDS, ABC’s Supportive Housing Program offers bright, furnished apartments and critical supportive services to families in need. Families have access to the Keith Haring School on-site, as well as case management and psychiatric, educational, and recreational services.