beacon program

Op-Ed: School buildings need adequate funding
Education & Kids Op-Ed 7/08/2013 at 11:46AM

BY COUNCILMEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS Long before I was elected to office, I was the Beacon Program director at P.S. 19 in Corona, known at the time as the most overcrowded school in the country. My years of work engaging our neighborhood children helped me understand the effect of school building conditions on their academic performance. [...]

Cuts to after-school programs, day care still loom
Cuts to after-school programs, day care still loom
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 5/17/2012 at 12:47PM

Thousands of Queens parents will be without a “plan b” if child care is not bankrolled in the city’s final budget, advocates said. Funding for child care was not restored in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s executive budget after a $70 million cut in his preliminary spending plan, pushing dozens of Queens programs to the brink. “This [...]

Beacon Program closure protest continues
News Alexa Altman 2/29/2012 at 1:35PM

Community outcry at the possible closure of several Queens Community House Beacon Program centers is growing louder as more neighborhoods, faced with potentially losing their facilities, are speaking out. “The state of the community’s outrage is an understatement,” said Marva Dudley, president of the advisory board at Parsons Beacon, a center facing possible closure. “It [...]

Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and locals plead for Beacon program
Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and locals plead for Beacon program
News Alexa Altman 2/22/2012 at 1:29PM

In danger of shutting its doors, a Forest Hills Beacon Program’s last hope may be a plea from a local politician. Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg objecting to the possible closure of the Queens Community House Beacon Program, currently housed in J.H.S. 190. Queens Community House is a network of [...]