ABC's mission is to defend the right of every child to a joyful and nurturing childhood by creating compassionate programs in urgent response to the needs of New York City's most vulnerable children and families.
All of ABC's programs adopt a "whole family" approach that responds to the unique, urgent, and often changing needs of each child and family. With programs in early childhood education for at-risk infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, supportive housing, health and mental health services, crisis intervention, family support and preservation, year-round youth development, and an open door to the community, ABC is a refuge for impoverished families.
Our innovative programs are grounded in research-based models designed to break the cycles of poverty while serving the whole family and community. ABC collaborates with researchers, community-based organizations, and local service consortia to promote best practices.
Results from ABC's annual program evaluation show that our work significantly improves the lives of the children and families served. ABC employs a rigorous set of quantitative and qualitative evaluation tools to measure progress and determine the impact of its services. This past year, ABC has seen nearly 90% of its preschool children become school-ready, has celebrated the graduation of 100% of its high school seniors, and has served thousands of nutritious meals to hungry children.
ABC has earned the highest 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for ten consecutive years – an achievement reached by only 1% of charities across the nation.
Studies show that every initial $1 invested in high-performing early childhood programs can yield a $4 - $17 dollar return to society. By providing crucial services to at-risk children during the most critical growth stage and throughout childhood, ABC aims to secure a brighter future for children while decreasing tax spending. The best investments are easy to spot.
Impact by the Numbers
100% OF seniors IN ABC'S YOUTH PROGRAM GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL.
96% OF FAMILIES THAT RECEIVED OUR PREVENTIVE SERVICES REMAINED INTACT.
QualitySTARSnY RATED ABC IN THE TOP 5% OF ALL EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK CITY.