The Drew Hamilton Learning Center is associated with the Children’s Aid Society. Located in West Harlem, the school offers high quality educational programs for early childhood and for families.
The early childhood program is designed for children ages 2 to 4. The program includes age-appropriate education fun field trips, recreation, rest time, meals, and snacks. From 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. daily the school offers:
- Year-round full day classes and Head Start
- Free Universal Pre-K
- Neighborhood walks to gain familiarity with important people and places
- Stories and puppet entertainment
- Regular visits with dental van for check ups and dental care
- Daily teeth brushing after meals
- Dance and yoga instruction along with movement and aerobics
Children under 3 meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children 3 to 4 and UPK meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
The family program at Drew Hamilton Learning Center is also an integral part of the community-building aspect of the school and learning center. Programs are offered for parents, for fathers, and more.
One popular program is the Fathers in Action Fatherhood Initiative. Since 2004, this program has been a source of encouragement and support for single fathers.
The parent workshop meets monthly to discuss issues of importance to all parents. Topics of discussion include curriculum ideas at Drew Hamilton Learning Center, nutrition classes for parents, Mom’s Yoga Classes, financial well being class, family support, and community concerns.
Additionally, the school sponsors a Parent Committee that is made up of seven parents of Head Start children. Their mission is to meet monthly and discuss issues of concern to the community and provide a forum for parents to discuss what is important to them.
Drew Hamilton Learning Center is more than an early childhood education center. It’s also a community center.