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    El programa Head Start de Foundling opera en Puerto Rico y brinda servicios de educación temprana y desarrollo infantil de alta calidad, que promueven el crecimiento cognitivo, social y emocional de los niños para su posterior éxito en la escuela. El programa basado en el centro incorpora interacciones entre maestros y niños eficaces y receptivas.

    El programa Head Start integra estrategias de participación de padres y familias en todos los sistemas y servicios del programa para apoyar el bienestar familiar y promover el aprendizaje y el desarrollo de los niños. El programa ofrece experiencias de aprendizaje apropiadas para el desarrollo, la cultura y la lingüística en lenguaje, alfabetización, matemáticas, funcionamiento social y emocional, ciencias, habilidades físicas y artes creativas. Para brindar servicios de educación infantil y desarrollo infantil de alta calidad, el programa cuenta con maestros calificados, trabajadores sociales, enfermeras y profesionales de la salud mental. Operando en Puerto Rico, los servicios Head Start son proporcionados por El Foundling en cinco municipios: San Juan, Cataño, Vega Alta, Coamo y Toa Baja. El programa educa a niños de 3 a 5 años en centros especialmente diseñados para la primera infancia.

    Success Stories

    Robert Sensale

    Robert Sensale
    Foundling Adoptee

    “You couldn’t find two luckier people than my sister and I, that we ended up with my mom and dad,” says Robert. “Jimmy Stewart got the movie, A Wonderful Life, but I got to live it.”

    Adopted from The Foundling in 1959, he has kept up a lifelong connection with the organization. Along with his sister, many of his other neighbors and friends growing up had been adopted from The Foundling. And 20 years ago, after seeing a Foundling publication featuring Sister Mary DeSales – the woman who had placed him with his family – he reconnected with her. She remembered Robert and his family, and the two ended up having weekly phone calls. Additionally, Robert and his family would visit with her and the other Sisters of Charity at the retirement home where they lived.

    “We all went to The New York Foundling’s 140th anniversary, and there were a number of women there that were nurses in that era,” Robert says. “And you could see them all looking at us – ‘I wonder if I took care of this child, did I hold this child, did I change his diaper?’ It was a really wonderful bonding experience. And to see Sister for the last years of her life was an absolute blessing.”

    Robert currently lives in New Jersey , and works as an attorney for a Wall Street investment bank. With his late wife, he has one biological son and three adopted daughters.  “Life is good,” he says.

    Our Continued

    Impact

    156
    locations across New York and Puerto Rico
    4,000+
    4,000+ holiday gifts distributed to The Foundling program participants every year
    93%
    of primary caregivers are employed, enrolled in an education program, job training, or job placement program
    471,000+
    children in New York City are growing up in low-income households
    98%
    of families in STEPS and PFC avoided foster care placement
    98%
    of Haven Academy students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch
    DID YOU KNOW
    The New York Foundling is one of New York City's largest providers of prevention programs

    Resources

    To support hurricane recovery efforts, visit https://www.nyfoundling.org/puertoricorelief/

    HISTORY
    1929
    Going Beyond the Child