Rockaway Center for Community Development Vacation Day Camp Program Announced

The Rockaway Center for Community Development is pleased to announced its plans for the 2012 Vacation Day Camp Program. The Rockaway Center Vacation Day Camp has been developed in response to the needs of working parents/guardians and their children. Campers can spend their time off from school this summer in a safe and engaging atmosphere.

“It is our pleasure to provide our community with an exciting vacation summer day camp for school age children of our parents/guardians.” stated Rev. Dr. Les Mullings, Executive Director of the Rockaway Center for Community Development. “Our kids need a place that is safe and inviting. A place that engages them in learning and creative activities. Our team has put together a great and affordable program.”

The Rockaway Vacation Day Camp summer session will be held from Monday, July 9 to Friday, August 10, 2012. The camp schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year’s camp is being held at the new state of the art facility – Challenge Preparatory Charter School, 710 Hartman Lane, Far Rockaway, NY 11692. The Rockaway Vacation Day Camp program is offered to children from Kindergarten-5th grades.

This neighborhood camp has many of the amenities usually associated with a much larger program. During this summer session, campers enjoy a wide-variety of activities – arts, crafts, music, movies, team events, reading, writing, math enrichment, health education, student mentoring, sports and two one-day field trips. Special family events are also being planned. A complimentary breakfast, lunch and snack will be served daily.

The cost for this five-week creative program of fun, adventure and learning is only $375. A $150 payment is due at the time of registration and the balance of $225 is due on June 15, 2012. Registration sessions will be conducted at the Rockaway Center for Community Development, 1414 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691 on April 21st, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; May 15th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.; and June 15th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Registration and payments may also be dropped off at Challenge Preparatory Charter School until June 15 during school hours. The camp is being offered on a first come, first served basis.  Registration forms are available for downloading.

For more information contact: Ms. Abena Johnson – (917) 701-0010 or Ms. Melissa Harris – (917) 834-2794.

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The Rockaway Center Joins Partners on Promise Neighborhood Grant

The Rockaway Center for Community Development and Education Reform is joining forces with several Far Rockaway nonprofit organizations to apply for the US Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods planning grant.

Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including (1) nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, and (2) institutions of higher education.

The program is intended to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of all children in our most distressed communities, including rural and tribal communities, and to transform those communities by:

  1. supporting efforts to improve child outcomes and ensure that the outcomes are communicated and analyzed on an ongoing basis by leaders and members of the community;
  2. identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results and building a college-going culture in the neighborhood;
  3. building a continuum of academic programs and family and community supports, from the cradle through college to career, with a strong school or schools at the center;
  4. integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies;
  5. supporting the efforts of eligible entities, working with local governments, to build the infrastructure of policies, practices, systems, and resources needed to sustain and “scale up” proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood; and learning about the overall impact of Promise Neighborhoods and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including a rigorous evaluation of the program.
The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center Inc. (“Addabbo”) is working in partnership with Challenge Preparatory Charter School (“Challenge Prep”) and the Center for Educational Innovation – Public Education Association (CEI-PEA) to establish a Promise Neighborhood in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City. These three entities are coming together in order to provide the full range of resources necessary for a successful planning process: community leadership, educational leadership (both local and city-wide), expertise in health and wellness programming, and demonstrated ability to effect positive reforms in policies and practices related to all of the areas that will be included in the Far Rockaway Promise Neighborhood’s “Continuum of Solutions.”

The Rockaway Center for Community Development and Education Reform is joining as a supporting agency to in engaging families and the community in multiple planned program tracks.

The grant application was submitted on June 25.  Notification is expected by the end of the summer.

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