Years of Building Better Futures...
A group of ladies from
Schenectady met one afternoon in 1888 to discuss doing "something
By the mid-1950s, the
first Children's Home on State Street was bursting at the seams with 45
children in a house built for 24. The current Children's Home was built
in 1955. A new wing was added in 1968, and in 1973, the Children's Home
opened an on-grounds school.
In the 1980s and 1990s, Northeast began community-based programs to help children and families. Today, thanks to our dedicated staff, the Children's Home provides exceptional care for 68 young people ages 11 to 18 from our 30-county service area.
Along with therapy sessions and school, there was time to be a kid, whether cooling off in the Children's Home pool, or admiring animals at the Catskill Game Farm.
120 years later, our basic
philosophy is the same,
the needs of the community have grown and we have grown to
Children encountered a variety of problems: homelessness, abandonment, violence, neglect, and drug abuse.
Since the first prom in 1991, students have enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to supporters who donate dresses, tuxedos, limos, prizes, and their time.
Through the years...
1901 - The Women's Club of Schenectady formed a "humane society."
1914 - The Humane
Society, later called the Parkhurst Parent and Child Center,
1955 - The cornerstone was laid for the new Children's Home at 122 Park Avenue.
1973 - The Children's
Home boys' wing converted into an on-grounds school.
1983 - Northeast Parent & Child Society formed on July 1 through the consolidation of the Children's Home of Schenectady and Parkhurst Parent and Child Center.
1985 - Northeast
purchased Grout Park School to house its alternative education co-ed
school. Grout Park School is now The School at Northeast.
1986 - The Children's Home opened a dormitory for girls.
2006 - Northeast
started Career Development Services and purchased the Picotte building in
2009 - Our children have moved into Northeast's new Children's Home.
2011 - The
Career Center opens, expanding Career Development Services to over 250
young adults every year.