Building on The Children’s Storefront’s fifty year history of changing lives in Harlem through education, we have returned to our roots and are now working with parents to promote the development of children in the first thousand days – or three years – of life. Since the Covid-19 crisis hit we have been offering facilitated Online Play Groups for children and their caregivers, up to age three. We look forward to re-launching our in-person Play and Learn center when it is safe to do so.

The Children’s Storefront works with families to promote the development of children in the first thousand days of life to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

The Children’s Storefront has a storied fifty-year history of changing lives in Harlem through education innovations. In 1966 a young poet, Ned O’Gorman, opened a one-room center for very young children in a Harlem storefront on Madison Avenue – The Children’s Storefront. This grew into a preschool program that led to a tuition free private Pre-K to 8 elementary school, eventually known as Storefront Academy Harlem, that educated Harlem children for decades.

To further our commitment to educational success for children in struggling communities, The Children’s Storefront assisted in creating a new organization that now stands on its own, Storefront Academy Charter Schools. Today, the educational philosophy developed by The Children’s Storefront over 50 years provides the foundation for their charter schools in Harlem and the South Bronx.

Returning to our early childhood roots, The Children’s Storefront is once again charting new waters, this time engaging parents around child brain development in the first thousand days of life; and, more importantly, providing the know-how and confidence with which to spur the growth of their children’s brains.

In 2019, The Children’s Storefront piloted a state-of-the-art Learn and Play Center, welcoming local families with very young children for guided interactive sessions emphasizing child discovery activities and healthy interactions between adults and their children. Over time we will further offer a host of services to bolster parent/caregiver learning, including child development workshops, a multi-faceted resource center, and one-on-one learning opportunities drawing on the expertise of New York City colleges, health care centers and child serving institutions.

Staff & Consulting Team

Alex Haynes
Program Coach

Ariel Acevedo
Building Security & Custodian

Daphne Martinez
Human Resources & Finance

Jose Velasquez
Building Maintenance & Repairs

Nancy Meyers
Consultant/Program Training

Patrice Keegan
Interim Executive Director

Reeshemah Brightley
Consultant/Program Outreach, Administration

Sabrina Vasques
Program Coach

Susan Hershman
Program Coordinator/Coach

Susie Izatt
Program Coach

We hope you will join us on our journey!