The Philip Coltoff Center at Greenwich Village, New York City, was developed in 1892 to provide outstanding programs and services to the downtown community. The center offers more than one service, including Early Childhood, Nursery, After School, Children’s Art, Children’s Theater, and Adult programming.
PCC began as the Sullivan Street School and was a forerunner of today’s vocational schools. By 1924 the name had changed to the Lower West Side Center and still provided education as well as social services to children of the community. The Center grew and by 1964, Kindergarten was added. In the year 2005 the Center was re-dedicated as The Philip Coltoff Center at Greenwich Village.
Today, the Center’s list of programs include Early Childhood and Nursery School classes, After-School instruction, Visual and Performing Arts classes, a children and teen acting company, unique children’s programming in the Center’s theater, sports and recreational activities and summer camp programs. Much of the Center’s fundraising efforts are devoted to providing scholarships for children who would otherwise not have access to these programs.
Over the last century, the Philip Coltoff Center at Greenwich Village has had a rich and varied history, but its philosophy has remained unchanged. It continues to be dedicated to providing the highest quality programs designed to enrich the lives of children.
The Early Childhood Program is engineered to provide educational beginnings to children from birth through age 3 and offer them a chance to develop their ever-increasing individuality. The Center provides for this program state of the art indoor play space, which was opened in the summer of 2008.
The Nursery School focuses on building within the student all that he/she has within; cognitive skills as well as physical, emotional and individual needs are met. Both individual time as well as group time help children become whole, learning to socialize as well as accept and well utilize time spent alone.
The Philip Coltoff Center (Children’s Aid Society) is well rounded, offering many programs to help meet the needs of the budding successes of children in New York City.