Fort George Community Services, Inc.

Helping children and their families in Washington Heights and Bronx Morrisania for over 35 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 and the Morrisania section of the Bronx.”

- from our Mission statement

Our History

The Ft. George Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, 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 and the Mor­risa­nia sec­tion of the Bronx.

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 Services’s pop­u­la­tion con­sists of His­pan­ic, Black, Asian and Cau­casian fam­i­lies. The com­po­si­tion of the Ft. George Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices’ 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 three sites in the Wash­ing­ton Heights area and one in the Mor­risa­nia sec­tion of the Bronx. It pro­vides qual­i­ty com­pre­hen­sive ear­ly child­hood ser­vices, includ­ing Ear­ly Head Start, to over 300 chil­dren,  from birth to Pre-Kinder­garten, 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. A third site is locat­ed at 4467 Broad­way, and a fourth at 489 St. Paul’s Place in the Mor­risa­nia sec­tion of the Bronx.

We con­tin­ue to sup­port the val­ues that we estab­lished for our­selves over 35 years ago as they have clear­ly con­tributed to our ongo­ing suc­cess.


  Annual Reports

Ft George Annu­al Report 2020

Ft George Annu­al Report 2019

Ft George Annu­al Report 2018

Ft George Annu­al Report 2017

Ft George Annu­al Report 2016

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