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We are not daycare, we are not childcare—we are “early care and education” and our commitment is to translate wonderful development and learning into practice. To achieve this, we have built a team of center-based and family childcare educators who understand young children, their families, and their culture. These educators are credentialed and also committed to their continuing education. The result is programming that is designed for children’s success.

Infants and Toddlers

As educators we recognizes that the first two years of life have a powerful influence on later development and success. We at Shirley Chisholm along with our parents are, therefore, the foundation builders. We do not leave this foundation building to chance but in a very personalized way are intentional about our work with these children and their families. Our curriculum in this regard is the roadmap, it helps us get where we want to be with each child. We set forth goals for these very young children in all area of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language.


Developmentally appropriate practices mean teaching in ways that are personalized and match the way children develop and learn. The result is optimal development and learning. At Shirley Chisholm we introduce a diverse variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches, and academic-support strategies that address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual children. The center effort is about building deeply engaging learning experiences. And, with all our age-groups, parent engagement and involvement is a given.


Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) is a New York City funded program specifically designed for four-year-olds. Shirley Chisholm ‘s UPK programs are developmentally appropriate, learner-centered educational programs to help four-year-olds develop physically, socially, emotionally, linguistically, culturally and intellectually. The program has a strong emphasis on early literacy and early numeracy to help prepare children for kindergarten.


Shirley Chisholm’s Network of 100+ family child care providers care for children in the providers' own home. The children are in a mixed age group with qualified teachers as well as strict supervision. Our homes are a major source of support for working parents.

Early Learn NYC

Shirley Chisholm DCC was awarded an EarlyLearn NYC contract by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in 2012 original early learn fund 2010. This initiative established a number of program requirements intended to better ensure that all children receive full-day, high-quality care and education. The EarlyLearn goals and quality improvements place emphasis on early learning and not just child care.The initiative design was built on existing requirements for child care, UPK, and particularly Head Start, which has the most robust quality standards. EarlyLearn requires providers such as Shirley Chisholm to select a developmentally appropriate, research-based curriculum and conduct child assessments to monitor progress. Following Head Start performance standards, all EarlyLearn providers are required to conduct a community needs assessment every three years and to build ties with community organizations to provide family support services. Providers must also develop a written plan for family and community engagement and family goal setting.


The Shirley Chisholm Parent Education Court (SCPEC) is a community delivered education initiative that provides a “menu-style” list of programs and workshops for families and their children. SCPEC delivers convenient options for parents to take literacy, GED, ESOL and computer classes on-site or off-site at one of our many partners locations. To supplement educational advancement opportunities, Shirley Chisholm is partnering with neighborhood CBO’s and educational organizations to promote resource accessibility. The initiative was brought to life after the board realized that there was a lot of extra space to be utilized at our Pacific Street location. Realizing that many parents in our community don’t have access to practical programs, as well as enriching opportunities to help their families advance, we began networking and collecting community educational resource data. Our Parent Education Court is a resource for our parents in the community, as well as the children we and our partners centers care for. It’s an opportunity to help families find economic and social autonomy - empowering the community through family advancement.]