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Yale Externs
During March, CFN103 hosted a group of Yale undergraduates who are interested in pursuing careers in education. Christina Kim (below) shadowed Chuck, Bill and Evelyn to see how NYC serves students with disabilities and in the process was inducted into the Team Especial Family!  





PS452 Cuties Rock the NYC Road Runners 
Elite runners from around the world got to share their love of running with the students of PS452 whose own Mighty Milers are a fierce bunch! 


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Our Mission 
Children First Networks evolved as a NYCDOE / Empowerment Schools initiative that aspires to synthesize operational and instructional support for schools with the goal of devolving decision-making power to the people closest to schools. Each network comprises a cross-functional team directly accountable to principals for delivering strategic services to about 30 schools.CFNs aim to streamline operations and build capacity within schools so school-based staff can maximize focus on student achievement. We partner with DOE divisions and external organizations to serve the needs of our communities. We have proudly opened new schools in collaboration with superintendents and central planning teams - Spruce Street, Yorkville Community, PS452, Peck Slip, Q300; and have developed robust partnerships with Teachers College, Bank Street, Educhange, City College, NYU, Metamorphosis, Inner Resilience Program, New Teacher Center. 

Our Goals
Instruction & Achievement
  • Address achievement gap by building school-level capacity to serve all students regardless of aptitude or challenges
  • Build school-level competencies in CCLS, curriculum design, assessment literacy, and the Advance Framework
  • Ensure sustainability by developing and sustaining a corps of teacher leaders and potential school leaders
Student Support
  • Strengthen school / home connection via our parent coordinators, deans, social workers and counselors
  • Leverage partnerships within the DOE as well as external agencies to augment school-level capacity to address students’ safety and wellness
Strategic Operations
  • Build school-level capacity to align transactional / compliance tasks with instructional priorities
  • Increase resources for schools via partnerships & grants
A History of Achievements 
Brooklyn HS for Law and Tech won a coveted spot in the Expanded Success Initiative and let the city in leveling the playing field for African American and Latino young men. In 2013-14, PS199 was honored at a USDOE Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and M047 - the American Sign Language / English High School was awarded $10,000 as the first school celebrated by Code.org's "Hour of Code." In 2014-15, PS130 became the second school honored by Code.org; and PS150 received a Blue Ribbon of Excellence from USDOE. 
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