The Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center was born out of tragedy after a fire in a migrant camp on the turnpike killed two children of seasonal workers on October 22, 1950. The community rallied to create a safe place for children. The Center has served marginalized children with educational and enrichment programs ever since. It was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1954. The Center is a lifeline for working families. Children flourish in the many programs and play safely on the six-acre farm and fields donated to create The Center.
The Center is a historically Black, community-based organization serving ALL marginalized East End children and families. The Center encourages, educates, and empowers children and their families.
Lots of wonderful things have been happening at The Center. Their long-needed and awaited new building is beautiful. It brings a new beginning for growth at The Center for the children and the entire community. The afterschool children continue to strive and thrive with the educational and enrichment programming. The Summer Program includes a strong component to prevent the Summer “slide” in learning. The D.R.E.A.M. Teens meet regularly. Their foundation is based on Dedication, Responsibility, Education, Attitude, and Motivation. They also have weekly SAT classes with extra math help.
The Center has a workforce training program called Teach Me How to Fish for adults 18-45. All of this just touches the surface of the many programs and services offered at The Center – a Community Center is every sense.
Their food pantry that pre-Covid served 70 per month, continues to serve hundreds weekly. They have an In-House Social worker, VIVA for our Spanish speaking families, a substance misuse, and a Community Outreach specialist. Their THINKING FORWARD LECTURE SERIES: Equality Matters in the Hamptons is for the entire community. The Center starts and continues important conversations.
They are doing everything they can to educate and inspire local children, youth, and families to become the best that they can be. The Center thanks you for caring about their kids, families, and work that they do for the greater community.