Squadron does it all for the kids


Volume 20, Number 38 | The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan | September 8 – 14, 2010

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Senator Daniel Squadron has prepared a resource guide, published in time for Lower Manhattan youngsters’ first day of public school on September 8.

Squadron greeted P.S. 276 parents and students bright and early on Wednesday morning with the handbook, which is a collection of resources intended for families throughout the Downtown community. The guide contains information about education, health care, government agencies and cultural and recreational programs.

The pamphlet is divided into nine sections: government resources, educational resources, civic engagement and community service, youth and community centers, health care, arts and culture, sports and recreation, preschool and day care programs and summer camps.

The first section lists New York City and State Agencies, along with Police Precincts and Post Offices. Section two includes libraries, literacy/E.S.L. programs, programs for the developmentally disabled; tutoring, S.A.T./College and Test Prop, college scholarships. The fourth section, “health care,” provides references to health insurance programs, hospitals, community health clinics, dental clinics, eye and vision care and 9/11 health resources. Section five, entitled “arts & culture,” names performing and visual arts venues and museums in Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This and next week, Spokesperson Diem Tran and others from Senator Squadron’s office will be personally delivering copies of the guide to about 18 schools throughout Squadron’s district, which includes Tribeca, Chinatown, the Financial District, and Battery Park City. The Senator’s office is reaching out to the schools’ parent coordinators and P.T.A. presidents to inform them of the guide, and sent request forms to principals if they’d like to receive a hard copy in the mail.

“Helping members of the community access all the resources that the community offers is a big part of my job,” said Senator Squadron in a statement. “The first day of school is a great time to get the Parent Resource Guide out to families. I hope that this second annual guide will serve as a useful tool for parents and their kids.”

A digital pdf version of the guide can be found on the Senator’s website, https://www.nysenate.gov/senator/daniel-l-squadron.To request a hard copy of it, send a note to Mary Cooley, Senator Squadron’s Manhattan district director, at mary@danielsquadron.org.

— Aline Reynolds