Northside Center Hosts Annual Pumpkin Painting At East Harlem Head Start

Northside Center for Child Development this week hosted its annual pumpkin painting sessions at the Susan Patricof Head Start Center in East Harlem. This week, 130 Head Start children spent the morning painting and decorating pumpkins to get in the Halloween spirit and foster their creativity.

AllianceBernstein, a global asset management firm, donated 130 pumpkins and provided 15 of its employees as volunteers to work with the children all morning.

“Each year, Northside looks forward to decorating pumpkins with our littlest ones, and seeing the creative designs they come up with,” said Dr. Thelma Dye, the Hilde L. Mosse Executive Director of Northside Center. “We are grateful for AllianceBernstein’s contributions and hope to continue this emerging tradition.”

Over 90 percent of the children served at the Susan Patricof Head Start live below the federal poverty line. A 2015 report by the National Endowment for the Arts examined decades of research on the effects of arts education and child development, and concluded that there exists robust evidence for “a positive relationship between arts participation and the development of social and emotional skills in early childhood.”

Northside’s Dr. Dye was recently honored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer as one of New York City’s African American Achievers in health care for her work providing early educational and mental health services to low-income children and families across the city. She was also recently added to the New York State Board of Regents on Early Childhood, where she helps develop policy recommendations for the Board of Regents to implement high-quality early education programs to ensure the youngest children get the best head start they need to succeed in school and life.

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