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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Health

 

  • Chil­dren are assured they receive needed med­ical, den­tal and men­tal health services.
  • Meals and snacks meet a child’s daily nutri­tional needs.
  • Fam­i­lies are linked with health care providers to obtain needed services.

 

Med­ical

A comprehen­sive med­ical form is ini­ti­ated for each child upon date of entry. Assis­tance is pro­vided to fam­i­lies in find­ing a med­ical home to per­form nec­es­sary exams if they have none in place. This con­sists in help­ing the  par­ent to get on Med­ic­aid or other health insur­ance plans that con­nect fam­i­lies with a med­ical provider.  We assist, edu­cate, and empower par­ents to make choices which are indi­vid­u­al­ized and ben­e­fi­cial. We also assist par­ents in com­plet­ing the nec­es­sary paper­work involved; and help par­ents make and keep appoint­ments through timely reminders.

 Nutrition

Ft. George ensures that a child’s nutri­tional needs are met. Dur­ing enroll­ment a child’s nutri­tional needs and any nutri­tional con­cerns of the fam­ily are dis­cussed; i.e, eat­ing pat­terns, cul­tural and reli­gious pref­er­ences, and spe­cial dietary con­cerns are noted and reported to all par­ties involved in the child’s nutri­tional pro­gram. If any prob­lem presents itself; with the parent’s’ per­mis­sion, the child is referred for nutri­tional services.

 Monitoring

Ft. George ensures that any prob­lem related to nutri­tion is addressed and com­mu­ni­cated to the fam­ily. A child’s height and weight are mea­sured twice a year (approx­i­mately every 6 months) to mon­i­tor growth. Hemo­glo­bin and/or hema­t­ocrits are done (as part of?) or the phys­i­cal, within the first 90 days of enroll­ment. Any height, weight, hema­t­ocrit, or hemo­glo­bin that is out of the nor­mal range is addressed in an MD  State­ment (Med­ical Fol­low Up Form) and rec­om­men­da­tions are made by the doc­tor at that time to address those issues.

 Men­tal Health

A Men­tal Health con­sul­tant works with Ft. George to ensure that pro­gram prac­tices are respon­sive to iden­ti­fied men­tal health needs.

Ft. George uti­lizes the exper­tise of a Men­tal Health Pro­fes­sional to assist with the selec­tion of screen­ing instru­ments, pro­vides guid­ance for staff and par­ents regard­ing children’s issues, and assists with refer­ral process as needed.

Ft. George looks at the whole child prior to mak­ing decisions.

In review­ing a poten­tial health or devel­op­men­tal issue. Mul­ti­ple sources are used, with the par­ent as a pri­mary source of infor­ma­tion regard­ing the child. The Case Man­age­ment Team meets to review the child’s strengths, fam­ily issues, and cur­rent con­cerns to deter­mine the plan of action needed to sup­port the con­tin­u­ing devel­op­ment of the child.

In addi­tion to devel­op­men­tal screen­ings and ini­tial refer­rals, ongo­ing obser­va­tions and assess­ments are con­tin­u­ally reviewed.

Dis­abil­i­ties

Ft. George’s Dis­abil­ity Plan that pro­vides strate­gies for the inclu­sion of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties in an envi­ron­ment that helps them to develop socially, cog­ni­tively, phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally in a man­ner appro­pri­ate to their age and stage of devel­op­ment. We strive to make sure that 10% of our enrolled slots dur­ing the year are filled with chil­dren with disabilities.

Related ser­vices, includ­ing SEIT (Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion Itin­er­ant Teacher), occu­pa­tional, phys­i­cal, and speech ther­apy are all pro­vided at our cen­ter and where applic­a­ble in the class­room itself.  Staff at Ft. George work with the LEA/CPSE, com­mu­nity agen­cies and ser­vice providers to make sure ser­vices for chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties are coor­di­nated and imple­mented. We are sen­si­tive to the diverse cul­tural back­grounds of our fam­i­lies. All class­rooms are bilingual.

Ft. George strives to pro­vide qual­ity ser­vices to chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties and their fam­i­lies. We advo­cate for fam­i­lies and empower them to advo­cate for them­selves and their children.