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June 21, 2016

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Inaugurates WNET Children’s Wait Room in the Bronx

WNET/DSS “Wait Room” Ribbon Cutting PATH Intake Center, 151 East 151st Street, Bronx, NY 10451 June 21, 2016

Staff at the Center who are dedicated solely to working with the children in the Wait Room

The WNET Children’s Wait Room was officially inaugurated today, Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the PATH Intake Center in the South Bronx. WNET partnered with the New York City Department of Social Services (DSS) to create this new safe, relaxing and educational space for all NYC children whose families are applying for shelter as a result of domestic violence.

Working with members of the DHS Public-Private Partnership Team, Sesame Workshop and the PATH Intake Center’s directors, WNET provided PBS KIDS programming on two new television sets, educational activities, books, family resources, plush toys, story-time rugs, age-appropriate PBS KIDS apps for in-house tablets, and Sesame Workshop guides. The staff who manage the Center also participated in a training on ways to use the media and content that we provided effectively.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opened the new space to families and their children. Commissioner Steven Banks of the DSS attended and thanked WNET for its commitment to improving services to homeless New Yorkers. In her remarks about the new space, Jocelyn Carter, Manager at the Center, noted, “We now have children laughing in our building. They can now come into a place they feel is comfortable.”

VP of Education Carole Wacey gives a note of thanks

VP of Education Carole Wacey gives a note of thanks

WNET Vice President of Education Carole Wacey thanked everyone who made the safe space possible. “Today is about partnership,” Wacey stated. “And it’s just the beginning.” She added that WNET will stay committed and will continue working with the DSS to make a difference for families in need of these services.

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