At The New York Foundling, we see education as the pathway to independence. All of our programs lay the groundwork for healthy development, wellbeing, and self-determination by teaching critical life and learning skills. We understand that education is much more than what happens in a classroom, and includes families learning to communicate, individuals with developmental disabilities learning job skills, and children who have experienced trauma learning study skills.
Education can be the great equalizer. But just as a strong piece of rope is built on thousands of strings, an individual’s ability to thrive requires the weaving together of skills and supports that they need to learn effectively, including good nutrition, self-direction, stable relationships, and health services. Together, these strands of skills and supports reduce avoidable academic, physical, and mental health barriers to educational and life success, and open the door to opportunity.