Early Childhood

"We want to give children a place to be children. And we want to provide their parents with a place to enjoy their children in simple ways..."

—Gretchen Buchenholz - Association to Benefit Children


More than 500,000 children in New York City – nearly a third of our city's kids – live in poverty. With their parents struggling to provide basics like food and shelter, only one in three poor infants and toddlers have access to programs that stimulate their cognitive growth and development. Moreover, children born in poverty are far more likely to suffer from low birthweight and other health problems that can plague them for the rest of their lives. From the time they are born, these kids are in danger of falling behind.


Robin Hood supports programs that provide high-quality pre-K to over 4,000 children each year. Last year, Robin Hood grantees conducted over 75,000 home visits to nearly 2,500 families and provided therapy to almost 1,000 children with special needs and more than 700 families with mental health needs.


  • Ackerman Institute for the Family
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Early Childhood Center
  • Association to Benefit Children
  • Bloomingdale Family Program
  • Bronx Lebanon Hospital: South Bronx Early Head Start
  • BronxWorks Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Brookdale Hospital: Healthy Families New York
  • Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
  • Children's Aid Society
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • Coalition for Hispanic Family Services
  • Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Psychiatry: Practical Resources for Effective Postpartum Parenting (Prepp)
  • Grand Street Settlement
  • Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service
  • MDRC - Early Childhood Research Initiative: Making Pre-K Count
  • MDRC - Early Childhood Research Initiative - High Fives Math Clubs
  • Northside Center for Child Development
  • NYU School of Medicine - Children's Trauma Institute
  • Safe Horizon - Jane Barker Brooklyn Child Advocacy Center
  • SCO Family of Services
  • Sheltering Arms
  • Staten Island Mental Health Society
  • University Settlement Society
  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York