Fort George Community Enrichment Center Inc.

Helping children and their families in Washington Heights for 30 years

1525 St. Nicholas Ave.
New York, NY 10033
(212) 927-2210
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About Fort George

His­tory | Admin­is­tra­tion | Annual Reports Board of Directors

“To pro­vide a qual­ity, com­pre­hen­sive, fam­ily focused, child devel­op­ment pro­gram to eli­gi­ble chil­dren and their fam­i­lies in Wash­ing­ton Heights.”

- from our Mis­sion statement


Our His­tory

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.



  Annual Reports

Ft George Annual Report 2015

Ft George Annual Report 2014

Ft George Annual Report 2013

Ft George Annual Report 2012

Ft George Annual Report 2011

Ft George Annual Report 2010



Exec­u­tive Direc­torCar­olyn L. Wig­gins, Ed.M

Deputy Direc­torAnita Gross­bard, MS.ed


Board of Directors


Chair­per­sonRuth J. Rudder

Trea­surerWinifred Rich­man

Sec­re­taryJohn Phelan,Esq.

Diana Dou­glas, MA
Gary King, MS.ed
Megan Silander,Ph.D
Wal­ter Frye, MBA,CPA, Fis­cal Con­sul­tant
Kira Mineroff,Esq., Pro Bono Attorney