About Fort George
“To provide a quality, comprehensive, family focused, child development program to eligible children and their families in Washington Heights.”
- from our Mission statement
The Ft. George Community Enrichment Center, Inc. was founded and incorporated in 1981 for the purpose of establishing, maintaining, and operating programs in education, employment and training, economic development, housing, health and social welfare. These programs are designed to strengthen the growth and development of individuals and families in the Washington Heights Area.
The organization was formed by community residents who were concerned with the provision of comprehensive services to lower-income families with preschool children, and following them through the early years of elementary school.
The ethnic make-up of the Ft. George Community Enrichment Center’s population consists of Hispanic, Black, Asian and Caucasian families. The composition of the Ft. George Community Enrichment Center’s Board of Directors reflects this multicultural community with the majority of its members residing within this area.
In line with this, the Washington Heights area is an evolving community of growth. The area is transitional in the sense that there is a relatively high in-and-out migration. Many young families in need of various types of social and health services comprise this neighborhood.
Initially the agency started the operation of our Head Start program with 94 children. The program has now expanded to two sites in the Washington Heights area and provides quality comprehensive early childhood services to over 300 children, ages 3–5, and their families.
The first site is located at 1525 St. Nicholas Avenue, and has a licensed capacity for 110 children. at any one time. This site houses the Administration offices of the agency. The second site is located at 601 West 186th Street and has a licensed capacity of 45 children at any one time.
We continue to support the values that we established for ourselves 30 years ago as they have clearly contributed to our ongoing success.
Executive Director — Carolyn L. Wiggins
Deputy Director — Anita Grossbard
Compliance Manager - Elizabeth Balaguer
Board of Directors
Chairperson — Ruth J. Rudder
Treasurer — Winifred Richman
Secretary — Lesley Halliday
Faith Lamb Parker, Ph.d
Lenore M. Peay
John Phelan, Esq.