Purple Circle Day Care Center Inc

Celebrating Diversity and Play since 1972

New York, NY   |  http://www.purple-cirlce.org

Mission

At Purple Circle Early Childhood Program, children have the opportunity to experience with materials, and develop connections with both children and adults. Purple Circle is an independent Early Childhood Program for children ages 2 through 5. Located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, it was founded in 1972 as a parent-cooperative that values families as integral members of our school community. The partnership between families and teachers is essential to the preservation of children’s play. Our exceptional student / teacher ratio affords teachers time to observe all children closely in order to know them as unique individuals. By knowing children as unique individuals, teachers are able to provide a variety of materials in every classroom that support each child’s strengths and interests.

Ruling year info

1983

Executive Director

Elaine Karas

Main address

251 W 100th St

New York, NY 10025 USA

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EIN

13-3073319

NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

New York City as a whole has the most segregated public school system in the United States, according to the UCLA Civil Rights Project. In New York City public schools, 74.6% of black and Hispanic students attend a school with less than 10% white students. Additionally, 34.3% of white students attend a school with more than 50% white students. Furthermore, a recent opportunity atlas produced by Raj Chetty and Nathan Hendren demonstrates the disturbing correlation between how the neighborhoods into which children are born can trap a child in poverty for life. Based on the direct feedback from parents and other nonprofit and community organizations, infant care has been most in need in our communities. We believe that education equality begins in early childhood and Purple Circle has made a positive contribution toward minimizing and ending segregation in schools in New York City.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

Purple Circle is an independent Early Childhood Program for children ages 2 through 5 located in Manhattan Valley, Morningside Heights, Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights, and Central Harlem, it was founded in 1972 as a parent-cooperative that values families as integral members of our school community. The partnership between families and teachers is essential to the preservation of children’s play. Our exceptional student to teacher ratio affords teachers time to observe all children closely in order to know them as unique individuals. Knowing children as unique individuals, Purple Circle is able to provide a variety of materials in every classroom that support each child’s strengths and interests.

New York City as a whole has the most segregated public school system in the United States, according to the UCLA Civil Rights Project. In New York City public schools, 74.6% of black and Hispanic students attend a school with less than 10% white students. Additionally, 34.3% of white students attend a school with more than 50% white students. Furthermore, a recent opportunity atlas produced by Raj Chetty and Nathan Hendren demonstrates the disturbing correlation between how the neighborhoods into which children are born can trap a child in poverty for life. Based on the direct feedback from parents and other nonprofit and community organizations, infant care has been most in need in our communities. We believe that education equality begins in early childhood, Purple Circle has made a positive contribution toward minimizing and ending segregation in schools in New York City.

Our program’s mission is to provide high quality care and a relationship-based responsive program for young infants and toddlers that emphasizes the importance of consistent, respectful and meaningful connections between children and primary care teachers. The emphasis is also on developing a sense of trust between teacher, child and family. Trust provides a springboard for children to venture out into exploring the opportunities provided for them in a play-based environment. Through these opportunities, young children are seen and supported as individual thinkers and learners.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children
Caregivers
Families
Parents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ISAAGNY 2020

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Purple Circle Early Childhood Program has been serving its communities for almost fifty years providing access to high quality early childhood care and education. We provide low-income and moderate-income families both full and part-time, and five days a week program to support families in our community, ensuring working parents have equitable and excellent early childhood education and care. During the COVID19 pandemic, financial challenges of low-income and moderate-income families have increased, and working families are being challenged by the lack of access to infant care and early childhood education. Women are dropping out of the workforce to provide care for their children. There is a tremendous need for high quality infant and toddler care.

Responding to these needs, we are expanding our current preschool program to infants and young toddlers. With the expansion, our program will serve a maximum 68 children: 16 infants, 23 toddlers, 15 preschoolers, and 14 Pre-Kindergarteners. Purple Circle fosters children's development through a play-based, child-centered approach that supports each child as a unique and interesting individual. Expanding our preschool program to include infants and toddlers will provide the community uninterrupted access to a continuity of care through the preschool years. The program includes as young as 3months old infants and up to 5 years of age which will create stability for children and families.

The program’s mission is to provide high quality care and a relationship-based responsive program for young infants and toddlers that emphasizes the importance of consistent, respectful and meaningful connections between children and primary care teachers.

Our program fosters children's development through a play-based, child-centered approach that supports each child as a unique and interesting individual. The emphasis is also on developing a sense of trust between teacher, child and family. The partnership between families and teachers is essential to the preservation of children’s play. Trust provides a springboard for children to venture out into exploring the opportunities provided for them in a play-based environment. Through these opportunities, young children are seen and supported as individual thinkers and learners.

Our exceptional student to teacher ratio affords teachers time to observe all children closely in order to know them as the unique individuals that they are and in their unique styles of learning. Children’s questions and ideas are an essential part of curriculum planning. Investigation occurs through a variety of mediums, such as painting, clay, music, literature, block building and dramatic activity. Classrooms are designed to encourage all types of learning. Instead of feeding children a set of facts, we take their daily discoveries and questions, and explore them in depth. When the curriculum is tailored to meet the individual’s strengths and interests, and the environment supports this, the children come to see themselves as capable thinkers and learners, making sense of and imagining the world around them. The social environment of the classroom encourages and supports cooperation, sharing ideas and working together.

Collaboration, child development and culture are essential elements of our curriculum. The teachers develop and expand curriculum in partnership with children and their families. They incorporate children’s ideas, interests and inquiry, discuss curriculum with families, and invite families into the classroom. Throughout the day, teachers ask thought provoking questions, listen carefully to children’s answers and in all interactions let children know that their ideas and investigations are important. In the children’s work and active exploration of their social and physical world, children make connections to language, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies and the arts. Our program is steeped in teacher observation for the purpose of understanding the individual child and how the child makes meaning of their environment.

Our teachers observe and document what children play about, how they choose and use materials, what they talk about, where they feel most at ease, and what their misconceptions and wonders are. Looking at children and reflecting on what teachers notice creates an attitude or way of looking that attends to children with care. Families are also invited to share observations of their children at home and what they know of their child’s development. These observations are collected over time and a Descriptive Review is prepared by the teachers to share with their family at the end of the school year.
The Descriptive Review is a form of assessment that describes the child within five headings:

Physical Presence and Gesture
Disposition and Temperament
Connections to Children and Adults
Interests and Preferences
Modes of Thinking and Learning

In addition to the Descriptive Review, the quality of our programs are measured based on our exceptional ratio of teacher to student. Below is the comparison between our programs and the requirements of New York City Department of Health:

Age Group
Purple Circle Early Childhood Programs
Department of Health
3 months to 12 Months
1:3
1:4
12 Months to 24 Months
1:3
1:5
2-3 Years Old
1:3
1:6
3-4 Years Old
1:4
1:10
4-5 Years Old
1:5
1:12

Purple Circle has identified a new location that requires renovation to meet New York City structural requirements, Department of Health requirements and capital reserve imposed by the building owner. Construction is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of January 2021. Purple Circle expects to open its doors to include infants and mobile infants by March 2021.

Purple Circle Day Care Center has been serving its community for almost fifty years giving great opportunities for quality care and learning across a diverse population. Expanding our preschool program to include infants and toddlers will provide the community uninterrupted access to a continuity of care through the preschool years. The program includes children as young as 3 months old and up to 5 years of age which will create a stability for children and families.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the required quarantine as a result of the COVID pandemic, our program shifted to remote/virtual learning to maintain continuity and consistency for our children in their relationships with each other and their teachers. It was clear from bi-weekly family board meetings that the zoom session worked for some families and children, but not for others. We organized a Zoom Session Information Survey to understand more clearly what children and families needed from the parent perspective, and adjusted as we could to support those needs. Such changes meant organizing smaller group activities for the younger children to allow them to be more engaged with their teachers, and shifting schedule times for another classroom to help accommodate the working schedules of the families.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Purple Circle Day Care Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/4/2020
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Board co-chair

Erin Fink

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Abigail Bucuvalas

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

Term: 2020 -

Tom Valent

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc

Jennifer Shah

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

Aurora Maoz

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

Noelle Bannister

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

Shaylin Har-El

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

James Cole, Jr.

Purple Circle Day Care Center, Inc.

Amy Robinson

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/4/2020,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/04/2020

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.