The Educational Alliance serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually at 20+ downtown Manhattan locations and via 42 programs, including preschools, camps, youth development programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes and events, counseling services and addiction recovery programs.
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
Executive Director: Julie Stein Brockway and Julia Jean-Francois
443 39th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park was founded in 1978
The essential focus of the activities at the Center for Family Life is on the family as a sustaining source of development for children and youth. Individual, group and family counseling provided by the Center's social workers are augmented by involvement in extensive school-based, after-school programs at two local elementary schools and evening center programs for teens.
The center also has an extensive in-school, after-school and summer Community Arts program at a neighborhood middle school, featuring the performing as well as visual arts. It is also the sponsor of a Summer Youth Employment Program and School-to-Work Program, and several summer day camp programs for young children and teens. The center maintains an employment counseling and job placement program for adults. Through its Family Foster Care Program, the agency has been successful in developing 15 foster family homes and matching them with natural families within the neighborhood. Through a store-front, the Center provides an emergency food program, a thrift shop and advocacy clinic to handle a variety of short-term forms of crisis intervention and assistance.
In addition, the Center provides community-wide forums and workshops for parents on a variety of topics relating to child rearing, the Center participates in a Human Service Cabinet, convened by Community Board #7, to coordinate services and to plan community events, as well as timely responses to the neighborhood's children and family needs.