The Bronx Early Learning Center

Bronx I Want to Help

The Bronx Early Learning Center (BELC) opened in 2007 and is located on Bathgate Avenue in the South Bronx. Two-thirds of the 260 children attending the Early Learning Center have developmental delays associated with autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit disorder and neurological and emotional issues, some associated with lead poisoning and fetal alcohol syndrome.

The poverty rate in the community served by the BELC is the highest in New York City, about 40%. For 90% of our students English is a second language; in fact many of the children come from homes where no English is spoken at all.

Many of the children come to us unable to speak or walk, capable of performing very few activities typical for children their age. With the help of our staff – teachers, physical, speech and occupational therapists, social workers and psychologists - they leave transformed. Not just walking, but running; not just talking, but interacting in meaningful ways; and not just feeding themselves and putting on their own coats, but helping other children with theirs.

For information (718) 466-3580

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