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May 23, 2017

Children’s Wait Space at DHS PATH Family Intake Center Celebrates First Anniversary

The Children’s Wait Space celebrated its one year anniversary last Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the DHS PATH Family Intake Center in the South Bronx. Since its inauguration last spring, the center has served more than 1,500 families and 2,400 children by providing meaningful art, reading, math, and science experiences, all in a welcoming and relaxing space.

WNET Vice President of Education Carol Wacey speaks about the ongoing partnership between WNET and the DHS Intake Center.

WNET has been a valuable partner in the creation and on-going use of the center by providing technology, programming, resources and materials for the children, as well as staff training on using media effectively with the children that they serve. Other local partners include Sesame Workshop, the New York Public Library, the Bronx Children’s Museum, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan.

At the one year celebration, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks, Associate Commissioner for PATH/Family Intake Center Joslyn Carter, and WNET Vice President of Education, Carole Wacey, all gave remarks to commemorate the occasion, praising the strong partnerships and the dedication of the whole team working behind the scenes at the center for its great success.

Wait Space manager, Claudette Jordan, cuts the anniversary cake.

Claudette Jordan, manager of the Wait Space explained the importance of having a room just for children at the center, “Once they drop their child off, they feel like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders, and the children are just excited to be here. They’re excited to be children again and explore the room.”

News 12 The Bronx covered the event.

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