Located on the sloping hill of a former apple orchard, the nationally acclaimed Orchard School embodies both the comfort of nurturing care and the promise of new opportunities. Approximately one hundred fifty-five students in grades K to 9 attend the Orchard School year-round; 73 students are referred to our Residential Treatment Program by their local school districts or departments of social services and 79 are referred to be Day Students by their local school districts. Residential and Day students are educated together in the school program. All of us at ANDRUS are proud that the Orchard School has ...
Early Learning Center
Located at 65 Main Street, Tuckahoe, NY 10707
Offering full and half day care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Monday through Friday
7:30am to 6:00pm with extended care available
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Take a Video Tour of the new AELC
Family Programs at the Parenting Center
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Special Features and Events
Eastchester After School Youth
Through the Eastchester After School Youth program (EASY), we offer affordable after-school supervision for elementary and middle school-aged children. Children are provided with opportunities to complete homework, spend time with friends, try new activities and pursue their individual interests in a safe and friendly atmosphere.
At EASY, we aim to provide something for everyone. Children are encouraged to select from a variety of enrichment programs that support math, science, language arts, and social development, including educational and recreational computer access, arts & crafts, cooking, indoor and outdoor sports and games, and a quiet, supervised homework room. ...
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Experience highlights of the Center:
NYS Office of Children and Families Visits AELC
Dr. Janice M. Molnar, Deputy Commissioner of NYS OCFS, and Gladys Carrion, Esq., Commissioner of NYS OCFS visit with Vidia Cordero, Director of the Andrus Early Learning Center and Mimi Corcoran, President and CEO on November 1 to tour the premier childcare center in Tuckahoe.
ANDRUS Staff Member Presents at Annual Social Work Conference
Nina Esaki, Director of Research at the Sanctuary Institute of ANDRUS, presented this month at the Council on Social Work Education’s 59th Annual Meeting entitled Global Social Work: The World is Here, in Dallas, Texas. At the three day conference, Nina was involved in two presentations highlighting the research of the ACE study, which analyzes how adverse childhood experiences affect adult health outcomes.
“The Role of Protective Factors and Early Adversity on Service Use” detailed how social work research incorporating the ACE study points to leadership and policy opportunities to enhance protective factors within programs and communities. She also contributed to the presentation “Exploring Types of Early Childhood Adversity: How About Neighborhood Violence?” which discussed how to incorporate social violence into the ACE questionnaire.
ANDRUS Featured in Journal News Coverage: Hurricane Sandy, One Year Later
ANDRUS Partners with Mt. Vernon School District
With the goal of creating a trauma sensitive environment for students, families and staff, ANDRUS and the Mount Vernon City School District began a one-year project, “Creating Sanctuary in Mount Vernon Schools,” designed to produce improved expertise to positively address early signs of students’ problematic behaviors. The goal of the program is to improve classroom management, decrease student suspensions and unfounded calls to Child Protective Services (CPS), and reduce the number of children being placed in special education classes.
ANDRUS and the Mount Vernon School District were awarded $100,000 from the NYS Office for Children and Family Services to fund the innovative project. The program will be implemented for the 2013- 2014 school year at the Williams and Grimes Elementary Schools and Longfellow and Davis Middle Schools.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards ANDRUS $339K Grant
We are thrilled to announce that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has awarded ANDRUS a $339,000 grant to develop a comprehensive plan for the evaluation of the Sanctuary Model. Funding from the Foundation will also provide much needed capacity building of the fast growing Sanctuary Institute. Andrus President and CEO Mimi Clarke Corcoran said, “We know that using the Sanctuary Model works because we have seen it transform organizations that are working with very challenged populations. The investment from RWJF is a significant step towards developing and documenting a much needed evidence base for the Sanctuary Model.”
Since its inception in 2005, the Sanctuary Institute has worked with close to 300 organizations in 27 states and 7 countries to help create trauma-informed organizational cultures. The investment from RWJF creates an opportunity to significantly enhance the important work of the Institute. “We’re pleased to support ANDRUS’ efforts to plan for a fuller evaluation of the Sanctuary Model. We hope it will reveal the key next steps for growing the impact of this groundbreaking model to prevent and mitigate the effects of trauma,” said Kristin Schubert, director of the Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations portfolio. ANDRUS looks forward to this new partnership with the Foundation.
For more information on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, visit www.rwjf.org
ANDRUS CEO Responds to New York Times Article on Toxic Stress
Click here to read our Letter to the Editor in response to anarticle that appeared on the New York Times website on October 30.
Light Up the Night Gala Raises $228K for ANDRUS Programs!
ANDRUS’ fall benefit dinner, held October 4th at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains, honored James J. Landy and St. Faith’s House Foundation; while celebrating our 85th year with 200 friends and partners. The event raised $228k for our work with children and families, including $45,000 during a charity auction for the new Music Therapy initiative. Thanks to all our donors for your support!
A Graphic Presentation on Childhood Adversity
Click below to view the visual renderings of ANDRUS’ panel presentation at the Alliance for Children and Families National Conference.
Testimonials About Our Work… "I have to say a HUGE thank you to this amazing facility. I am now 35 and without this school, who knows what would have been if I had continued down the path that I was traveling…" to read more and see other comments, click here.