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Head Start Children from Catholic Charities’ Cardinal McCloskey Spend Day with Cardinal

by John-Mark de Palma

As part of Timothy Cardinal Dolan’s Lenten tour, the school children of the Monsignor Boyle Head Start program donned festive handmade hats depicting an assortment of farm animals as they performed songs for their special visitors -- His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities New York.   

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, an affiliate of Catholic Charities acquired the Head Start program in 2000 and expanded the number of classrooms to 12 with 14-20 children in each classroom. A certified teacher and assistant teacher work in every classroom and family advocates offer emotional and concrete support to the children’s parents. These North Bronx children are part of a student body of 230 children who range from infants to 5 years of age. Collectively, these children are part of the 1,500 low-income families in 14 centers and 69 classrooms served by Cardinal McCloskey Community Services in Manhattan and the Bronx.

In addition to the Head Start programs, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services provides services to over 2,000 children in their foster care programs, preschool education to over 2,500 three and four-year-old children from low income families, and help over 200 developmentally disabled adults lead more fulfilling and independent lives in Harlem, the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland.

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