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The Children's Storefront

New York, NY
Joined in March 2018

About Us

The Children's Storefront (70 East 129th street), an outgrowth of Storefront Academy Harlem, is dedicated to supporting the very early development of newborns to three year olds by giving their parents and caregivers current information about brain development and interactive ideas about brain-building play activities they can use with their children. In the long run we plan to establish an actual play center where parents and caregivers of newborns to three year olds can learn about and practice the responsive caregiving now known to be crucial to brain development in very young children. Last summer we piloted a play center in central Harlem. Open without charge during several extended drop-in sessions each week to all families with young children (newborn to 3) in the community, it was stocked with toys, materials and equipment specifically for this age range, and was staffed with facilitators who were early childhood trained teachers who modeled the interactions known to support brain development. However, in the current Covid 19 environment when gathering in person is not possible, we are shifting to developing virtual groups for families with babies and toddlers, and plan to open these groups to families in June. As it seems likely that schools, daycare centers, and play centers may well have to open and close rapidly for a time as the pandemic plays out, our model moving forward may well become a hybrid one, using an open physical center when possible, but shifting to an online option when necessary or preferable

The Children's Storefront (70 East 129th street), an outgrowth of Storefront Academy Harlem, is dedicated to supporting the very early development of newborns to three year olds by giving their parents and caregivers current information…

Issue Areas Include

  • Children & Youth
  • Education
  • Family

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