A girl in an orange Goddard Beacon summer camp shirt puts her head on her arms and smiles at the camera while her campmate makes a drawing

Preparing Children and Youth for Success

Children and youth thrive, contribute positively and are prepared for the next stages in their lives.

Early Childhood

Goddard Riverside offers comprehensive early-childhood education programs for children ages two to five. Our programs help families thrive by providing safe, enriching environments for young children while their parents or guardians work.

We provide Early Childhood Education at four locations:

• A Head Start center on West 95th Street

Three Day Care centers:

• 114 West 91st Street (dually eligible: Head Start/Day Care)
• 128 West 83rd Street
• 243 W 64th Street

Children and Youth

Each year Goddard Riverside serves more than 3,000 children and youth through school-based, after-school, evening and weekend programs. The majority of these young people come from low-income families who live in the surrounding neighborhoods. Our programs provide safe, structured and affordable activities for children and help them become better learners and build self-confidence. We also offer information, support and referrals to help families.

As a settlement house, Goddard Riverside is committed to partnering with youth up to and through adulthood. Some children begin by attending one of our preschool programs and stay with us through the After School and Middle School programs, the Star Learning Center, and the Options Center college access and success program. Many of their parents grew up in our programs too!

The Summer Day Camp program provides enriching, age-appropriate activities for rising first- through ninth-graders in July and August.

Our After School Programs offer fun, educational activities for children ages 5 to 10 at the Bernie Wohl Center and Goddard Riverside at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.

The Beacon Program offers positive activities for older children, as well as a focus on preparing for college.

The Options Center provides counseling and other support to help New Yorkers get into college, pay for college and graduate from college.

The Options Institute provides professional development in college access and success

The Star Learning Center offers tutoring to help students from low-income families overcome barriers to learning and succeed in school.

The RISE Youth Center engages young people in positive social relationships and connects them to learning experiences and opportunities.

Learning to Work is embedded at West Side High, a transfer school. It supports students to reengage with school, overcome barriers to attendance and stay on track to get their diplomas.