Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (R,C,I-Greenwood Lake) would like to encourage all local schools to learn more about the Primary Project early prevention and intervention programs available through partnership with the Children’s Institute. Request for Proposals are now being accepted by the institute until March 12, 2010, and all public and private elementary schools, charter schools, certain public agencies and nonprofits are eligible to apply for funding.
“The transition our children make when starting school can be very tough. I was very interested to learn about the Primary Project and the work of the Children’s Institute in providing assistance for students, parents and teachers in smoothing that transition. Helping our children socialize and form healthy relationships is an important goal of parents and teachers, and I encourage all educators to look into the assistance the Children’s Institute can offer,” said the Assemblywoman.
Specifically, the Children’s Institute’s Primary Project aims to help children, in kindergarten through 3rd grade, who appear to be having challenges in the classroom, especially those having trouble adjusting to school, getting along with peers or adults, or exhibit aggressive or withdrawn tendencies.
New York State currently has five model programs in schools from Niagara Falls to Binghamton. To learn more about the program, or for eligibility, criteria and applications, please visit the Children’s Institute Web site or contact their grants coordinator, Arlene Bobin, by phone at 877-888-7647 extension 266 or via e-mail.