The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center was born out of tragedy in 1949 after a fire in a migrant killed two children of seasonal workers. The Center continues to serve the community's children with educational and enrichment programs. For many working parents, The Center is a lifeline. These children flourish in many programs and play safely on the six acres farm and fields donated to create The Center in the 1950s.
What a year this has been! The Center’s food pantry that Pre-COVID fed 70 each month is now feeding over 700 individuals weekly. They offer afterschool programs, a 2-month Summer Program, a teen program, college prep and a new job training program to help level the playing field for non-college bound youth and young adults. Their “Thinking Forward Lectures Series” includes segments such as Equality Matters in the Hamptons, and Straight Talk, Real People: The Politics of it All. The Center’s aim is to educate, inspire, and open hearts and minds.
Their D.R.E.A.M. Teens are meeting regularly. Their foundation is based on Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, and Motivation. Their continued work with inspirational speakers has helped to calm and encourage the teens, during a time with so many stresses. SAT classes are happening weekly, with extra math help. Five of their students began 4-year colleges this Fall. The first in their families to do so.
The Center broke ground for their desperately needed new building. Such a positive event in this year which has seen so many hardships, particularly close to home for their African American and Latino families.
From crisis can spring love. Please help continue their mission to serve local children and families.