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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History

 

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. As of this year (2011?), the pro­gram has two sites in the Wash­ing­ton Heights area. Ft George Com­mu­ni­ty Enrich­ment Cen­ter, Inc. pro­vides qual­i­ty com­pre­hen­sive ear­ly child­hood ser­vices to 308 (?) 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.