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Bank Street Graduate School of Education & BronxWorks

BronxWorks

Early Childhood Urban Education Initiative: Bronx Cohort 

A driving force of Bank Street’s work and mission is to insure that ALL children have access to high quality early childhood education. The expansion of Universal PreK in New York City offers thousands of young children access to early learning. Teachers in community-based programs that have lacked resources need support to earn master’s degrees that lead to permanent teacher certification. Bank Street Graduate School of Education has partnered with BronxWorks located on the Grand Concourse to offer a community-based, high quality Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Early childhood teachers and assistant teachers working in the Bronx now have increased geographical and financial access to Bank Street’s highly regarded program. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Russell Grinnell Memorial Trust.

Courses are offered at BronxWorks and significant tuition support is be available. This effort supports Bronx community-based programs and ensures that teachers in these preschool programs become credentialed. Research documents that teachers who have earned a Master’s degree in early childhood education are better prepared to implement best practices at the early childhood classrooms. Participants who are admitted to this program as Bank Street graduate students work closely with faculty who have extensive experience in classrooms and schools. They also have access to Bank Street’s most current early childhood resources, robust professional and children’s libraries, extensive student support systems, conferences, and special events as well as a prestigious alumni network.

The program uses a cohort model. Participants complete the prescribed courses and experiences as part of an ongoing professional learning community. Cohort models increase participants’ retention, attendance, and professional dispositions.  Faculty tailor courses to the work schedules and teaching strengths of participants, and align required graduate work with daily classroom practice.