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Remote Instruction for Mill Basin Early Childhood Center 5/19-5/27
The Mill Basin Early Childhood Center will pivot to remote instruction for all students as of Thursday 5/19. Remote instruction will continue through Friday, 5/27. In-person learning will resume on Tuesday 5/31.

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A Message of Gratitude for Our Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

From the desk of Birch CEO and President Matt Sturiale, a message of gratitude and appreciation to Birch Family Services teachers and educational staff.
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Birch Family Services Holds Understanding Autism Workshops

For Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month, Birch Family Services hosted a series of free educational workshops that fostered an environment promoting knowledge, inclusion, and acceptance of autism and individuals on the autism spectrum.
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Birch Students Read Along for Autism Acceptance Month

During National Autism Acceptance & Awareness Month, our students at Birch Family Services had the chance to meet two amazing authors!  
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IAC Spotlights Two Birch Family Services New Frontier Participants in Video

Our friends at the InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies (IAC) made a video spotlighting some amazing individuals for Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month. The video includes two Birch Family Services New Frontier Program Participants, Alex and Ajuwon who took time to read to pre-schoolers at the Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center in the Bronx.
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From the Desk of Birch CEO Matt Sturiale: The Labor Crisis is a Wake Up Call for Companies to Expand Opportunities for New Yorkers with Disabilities

Almost every employer I speak with these days is hiring and has been hiring for months as companies struggle to cope with major shifts in the labor market during the pandemic. The numbers speak for themselves: there were approximately 1.7 job openings for every unemployed worker in December, the highest rate in two decades.
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Staff Spotlight: Director of Community Services and Director of New Frontier Honored

Lisa Sterrantino, our Director of Community Services and Director of New Frontier, was recognized in City & State NY’s 2022 Above & Beyond this past week. The annual awards ceremony highlights 50 remarkable women, all of whom are making gains in a wide array of fields such as politics, business, and the nonprofit sphere.
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Embracing the Present, Eyes on the Future - Our New Annual Report

Dear Friends,   As we close out another remarkable year, we have so much to celebrate and be grateful for. The
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Resilience in Focus

It has been a challenging year for us all, but our community came through it stronger than ever. We hope you will join us in celebrating our resilience and accomplishments on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at The Press Lounge in New York City.
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Sibling Support Webinars

Birch Family Services is very excited to announce two informative webinars scheduled for the month of  November presented by Emily Holl, Director of the Sibling Support Project, a national advocacy and support network focused on sibling matters
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A Message of Appreciation for DSPs From Birch CEO Matt Sturiale

This week, September 12-18, 2021, is National Direct Support Professionals Week. This is part of a national movement to bring attention to the critical role of DSPs supporting individuals with autism and developmental disabilities to lead the lives that they want as contributing members of their communities.
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A Message of Gratitude for Teachers from Birch CEO Matt Sturiale

Thank you for your extraordinary efforts in supporting our students and families. It continues to be a source of motivation and inspiration. I will continue to work on behalf of our students, families, and YOU to ensure we have the tools we need to provide great learning experiences for our students. Let’s continue to come together for what we do - provide a quality education for those who need us.
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Alexander and Ajuwon Share Their Stories

Alexander and Ajuwon use their voices as self-advocates and mentors to read to preschoolers at our Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center.
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Neurodiversity and the Future of Work

Diversity, equity, and inclusion was the focus at our recent Corporate Advisory Network symposium. Attendees heard from Anthony Pacilio head of JP Morgan Chase’s Global Autism at Work about the future of neurodiverse employment through the lens of the pandemic.
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Juneteenth Holiday and Remembrance

Birch Family Services is proud to observe Juneteenth as a holiday, but also as a day of remembrance.
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Birch Family Services 5K Forward Race an Unprecedented Success

Hundreds of families, students, and companies joined the virtual race by running, walking, or rolling in their own neighborhoods, raising an unprecedented $134,000 (and counting) for Birch Family Services.
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Community Services Job Fair at Ozone Park Residence

Now hiring for Direct Support Professionals, Entry, Mid and Senior Managers and Coordinators in Residential Programs, RNs, and Behavioral Intervention Specialists! 
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To Recycle or Not to Recycle

Preschoolers at our Early Childhood Centers in Mill Basin and Pelham Bay have been learning about recycling this week. Now they're ready to save the planet!
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Celebrating Nurses Recognition Week – THANK YOU!  

A message of appreciation to all Birch Family Services nursing staff from CEO & President Matt Sturiale.
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Celebrating Teacher Recognition Week – THANK YOU!

A message of appreciation to Birch Family Services teachers and teacher assistants from CEO & President Matt Sturiale.
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Birch Applauds Lawmakers for Prioritizing People with Disabilities

Birch Family Services applauds New York State lawmakers for prioritizing vital services for thousands of New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities as part of the 2022 state budget.
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Room to Grow: Birch Opens New Residence for Graduates

When six young men preparing to graduate from our Children's Residential Program (CRP) and their families expressed the desire to continue to receive residential services from Birch, we were honored to accommodate them with a new residence in Ozone Park.
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How Dave Landed Back on His Feet

When his employer of six years laid him off last year, this "go-getter" didn't let a little thing like a pandemic keep Dave from staying focused on his employment goals.
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Birch Family Services Appoints New Board Chair & Expands Board of Directors

Sameer Gadre Brings Considerable Personal, Business, and Financial Expertise to Leading Nonprofit Organization Serving Individuals with Autism & Developmental Disabilities
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At the end of a very challenging year, a wonderful mom of a preschool student at our Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center in the Bronx shared her appreciation for the work of Birch teaching staff. Next to seeing students "light up" when they learn something new, it's recognition like this that makes all the work worthwhile.
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Virtual Job Fair: Join Our Team of Heroes

Birch Family Services is hiring for Direct Support Professionals, Entry, Mid and Senior Managers and Coordinators in Residential Programs, RNs, and Behavioral Intervention Specialists! Join us on January 21 to learn more about the services we provide and how we can support YOUR professional growth.
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Ronell Gets Back to Work

Like many of participants in our New Frontier employment program, Ronell was furloughed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, that's not where Ronell's employment journey ends.
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How Jennifer Started Moving Again

Learn how Jennifer, with the support of her care team at Birch, got her smile back and is dancing again.
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Scarlett Begins Her Pre-School Journey

Scarlett joined our Pelham Bay Early Education Center (PBEC) pre-school program in July. While she was assigned to Ms. Camille's Room 6, a 10-student special education class with 2 teaching assistants, instruction was conducted remotely on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not that this was a problem for Scarlett.
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Birch Family Services Schools Remain Open

While we are aware of the Mayor's order to close New York City Public Schools due to an increase of COVID-19 infections across the city, all Birch Family Services school programs will REMAIN OPEN as per regular blended schedules until further notice.
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Birch Family Services Celebrates 45 Years of Service to the Community

Hundreds of Birch families and supporters from across the country and the New York region joined our Birch@45 virtual celebration to raise critical funds to support critical educations, employment, and community services for people with autism and developmental disabilities.
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Pumpkin Picking!

The gang from our Grasmere Terrace residence in Queens got into the spirit of the season with a little pumpkin picking at Schmitt’s Family Farm!
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Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez Congratulates Birch on 45 Years of Service

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been a wonderful and supportive friend to Birch Family Services, particularly when it comes to our frontline Direct Support Professionals who have worked tirelessly during this pandemic. Recently, in honor of our 45th Anniversary, we were again honored by the congresswoman with these kind words.
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With Us From the Beginning: Sue Miller Shares Some Thoughts About Birch

As part of our 45th Anniversary Campaign, we sat down with Sue Miller, a founding teacher at Birch's first school who went on to serve as as our Chief Operating Officer from 1995 until 2014, to discuss her career and to describe some of the Birch programs that she feels made a difference to the lives of the people with autism and developmental disabilities and their families we support. 
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Jayden’s Bee-Line to Success at Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center

With support from a dedicated classroom team and a heavy dose of family involvement, this high-energy “doer” from the Bronx finished his first year of pre-school with Birch Family Services engaged and motivated to learn about whatever the world has to offer.
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A Message from the CEO - National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week

September 13-19, 2020, is National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week. To those frontline staff, we thank you for tirelessly providing assistance and training to the people we support and supporting those individuals in achieving their dreams.
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Phyllis L. Susser and the Founding of Birch Family Services

Inspired by her teacher and mentor, Herbert G. Birch, M.D., Phyllis Susser established the Herbert G. Birch School for Exceptional Children in 1975 with 28 students and 11 staff members. Learn more >>
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Forging Ahead: Birch Family Services COVID-19 Update

With New York City in Phase 4 of its reopening strategy and public schools set to reopen, we would like to take this opportunity to update the Birch Family Services community on how we are continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we are moving forward as an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with autism and developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives.
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Birch Family Services Plan for Reopening Schools

NYSED COVID-19 PLAN FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS (UPDATED: February 16, 2021) The Birch Family Services (Birch) Plan is based on the
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'A Family Event on Birch Family Services NY State Education Department Plan to Reopen Our Schools'

The event will be hosted by our Education Leadership on Thursday August 20, 2020, and is open to the public.
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A 'Calming Oasis' During a Difficult Time

Since the mandatory closure of schools and programs went into effect across the state, Birch Family Services residential staff have had their hands full making sure that everyone they support remains engaged, calm, and safe during this difficult time.
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Virtual Interview Coaching for Real Jobs From Virtu Financial

For a second year in a row, participants in Birch Family Service's New Frontier program were invited to a presentation and workshop by a corporate partner to learn the Dos and Don’ts of interviewing for a job.
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Hats Off to Susser School Class of 2020!

Birch Family Services Celebrates the 2020 graduates of our Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children.
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Springfield Gardens End-of-Year Wave Parade 2!

Thirty-six families joined teachers and staff from our Springfield Gardens Education Center in Queens for a second end-of-year Wave Parade!
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A Time to Come Together: A Message from the CEO

What we are seeing across our city and the country is that people are sad, angry, and demanding change. Many of us may be experiencing those feelings as well.
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Springfield Gardens Wave Parade!

Our Springfield Gardens Early Childhood Center in Queens held its first "Wave" parade, inviting parents to drive over to the school and wave and see their children's teacher friends!
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Welcome to Remote Training at Birch Family Services

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Birch Family Services will be offering NYS Mandated Training live via Zoom Meetings.
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A 'Thank You' to Our Nurses

In recognition of National Nurses Week, it is an honor to celebrate you – our nursing staff – and take a moment to recognize all nurses and health care staff within our community.
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A Note of Appreciation to Our Teachers and Teacher Assistants

Birch Family Services Education program leadership send a note of appreciation to our teachers and teacher aides in recognition for all that they do with diligence and commitment, even in the most difficult of times.
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Operation: Hero Banner Express

To show their heartfelt appreciation for truly heroic work during an extraordinarily difficult time, a group of Birch Family Services volunteers surprised direct support professional and residential staff with "Hero Banners" and a party. 
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Together -- We Are Strong and We Are Better

Birch Family Services response to the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of the individuals and families we support. This health crisis has brought out the best of who we are and what we do.
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Join Our #GivingTuesdayNow Challenge

The goal of the Challenge, which begins on April 22, 2020, and ends on May 5, 2020, on #GivingTuesdayNow, is to help raise awareness and critical funds necessary to support individuals with autism and developmental disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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All Hands On: A Virtual Learning Lesson Prompts a Student to Give Thanks to Community Helpers

Through a remote learning activity that encourages hands-on learning exercise on how we depend on community workers, one preschooler from Birch’s Washington Heights Education Center was moved to get Thank You cards into the hands of some of the city’s essential worker heroes.
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Notes from the COVID-19 Frontlines: Birch's East 45th Street Residence

Arlene Evans, the residence manager of Birch's 45th Street residence, talks about how her team came together in a spirit of courage and mission around the people they support in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Birch's Board Thanks Our Heroic Direct Support Professionals

Direct Support Professionals and Residential staff at all of our residential homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx received
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As Classrooms Go Dark, Birch Education Staff Keep the Spotlight on Students and Families

Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Birch teachers, teaching assistants, and related services staff, students can still look forward to seeing and hearing their teachers each morning, from the safety of their computer screens. 
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Join Us in Helping People with Developmental Disabilities Get Through This Crisis

Birch Family Services is actively recruiting for essential positions within our Community Services Residential Program.
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On the Frontlines of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Residential Staff Go Above & Beyond

Birch Family Services Direct Support Professionals have gone above and beyond the call to service since the very beginnings of the health crisis in New York City.
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The Class Must Go On!

Teachers at all Birch Family Services schools are providing remote learning plans that that students can follow along with at home.
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Adventures in Homeschooling: Slime 101

We're all trying to adjust to homeschooling these days, but Daniel from our Riverdale Early Childhood Center is making it look easy.
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Childcare Resources: DOE Regional Enrichment Centers

With the closing of schools and daycare centers, some of you may be struggling to balance your childcare needs with your work schedule. The NYC Department of Education (DOE) has launched a new program which may provide some relief in this area.
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UPDATED: Home Resources for Parents & Students

While Birch Family Services school principals, teachers, and other Education staff are Providing Remote Learning Plans for students at home, we've Birch Family Services Education staff is compiling a number of additional resources that may help everyone get through the day. Updated regularly.
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2020 Annual Gala Postponed

In response to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Birch Family Services will postpone its Annual Spring Gala and 45th Anniversary celebration, originally scheduled for May 7, 2020. We will let you know when we have confirmed a new date.
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Birch Family Services Annual Gala Postponed

In response to the impact of the Covid-19 virus, we have decided to postpone our Annual Spring Gala. We will update you when we have a new date.
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Update: Administrative Offices to Remain Open with Limited Staff

As more is learned about COVID-19 and how it is affecting New Yorkers, we are making every effort to keep our community informed about how Birch Family Services is responding to changing circumstances and maintaining services for the more than 2,000 people we support each day.
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Preschool and School-Age Programs Temporarily Closed Beginning March 16

In line with the NYC public schools closures announced today by Mayor de Blasio, all Birch Family Services preschool and school-age programs will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16, 2020.
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Message from Birch Family Services CEO Matt Sturiale Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

As is the case every day, the health and safety of our staff and the people we support continue to be our number one priority. Birch Family Services is taking the situation very seriously across the organization and following all guidelines from authorities to best protect our staff and individuals in our programs.
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New Frontier Annual Night of Recognition

On March 4, members of Birch Family Services' New Frontier program hosted its second annual Night of Recognition dinner event, where we celebrated the accomplishments of the members of our program as well as the extraordinary support from our professional partners.
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Birch Family Services and Friends Celebrate Read Across America

Every year, Birch's eight preschool and three school-age programs participate in the national Read Across America campaign, a celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday, and literacy.
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NEW UPDATE (3/4/20): Soundview Early Childhood Center Closed for Repairs

Due to water damage at our Soundview Early Childhood Program, the school will be closed for repairs until further notice.
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BIRCH@45 Campaign

Join us on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan as we Celebrate Our History and Imagine Our Future. Cocktail Hour: 6:30 p.m. | Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
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Open House: School-Age Program (ages 10-21) at Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children

Join us on February 27, 2020, in Flushing, Queens, and learn all about our school-age program that builds literacy, numeracy and communication into every aspect of learning, and offers experiences with music, the arts and technology, so that students can develop new skills, take risks, and achieve a strong sense of self-worth.
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Birch Family Services Appoints New Chief Development Officer

Samantha Nottingham joins the organization with 15 years of experience advocating for youth programs.
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The Art of Bird Watching With Ms. Dore

Whether heading out with a pair of binoculars to bird watch in front of the school or combining state-of-the-art technology and historic methods of stone polishing to create jewelry from stones found on a Queens beach, Dorreta Poris’s art class at the Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children is anything but typical.
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Come visit our new school-age program and sit down with the Birch Team to discuss what we can offer, such as Small class ratios, smartboards, iPads, sensory materials, full-sized gym, separate lunch room, full-time nurse, and the following related services.
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A Season of Giving at Our Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center

Students, families, and staff at Birch Family Services' Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center (PBECC) in the Bronx learned first hand what the Spirit of Giving is all about -- with a little help from the St. Theresa's School, Kris Kringle, and the United States Marine Corps.
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Matt Sturiale Recognized as One of City & State New York’s Responsible 100 Leaders

We’re thrilled to announce that Birch Family Services President & CEO Matt Sturiale has been named to City & State New York’s Responsible 100 list .
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Home Comes to Luis for the Holidays

When Luis became too sick to attend last year’s holiday party at his residence in Washington Heights, his friends made sure the party came to him.
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Susser School Science Fair: A Great Time Asking the Great Questions

Last week, students at Birch Family Services' Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children participated in the Flushing, Queens-based program's annual Science Fair.
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Meet Kayden, a Kid Who Is Full of Surprises

With support from Birch Family Services Special Education Preschool program, this new kindergartener on the autism spectrum transitioned to a general education public school classroom at his local public school.
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Birch Family Services Fall Food Drive Supports School Communities

Birch Family Services’ recent Fall Food Drive provided a bounty for New York City students and their families over the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Giving Tuesday: Dylan's Story

Meet Dylan, a nineteen-year-old student at Birch Family Services' Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children with multiple diagnoses who never fails to bring a smile that lights up a room.
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Jason's Story

While he completes his degree, Jason, who is on the autism spectrum, works as a sales associate three to four days a week at Uniqlo in midtown Manhattan, a position he was able to acquire and keep with the support of his job coaches Deborah and Juliette at Birch Family Services’ New Frontier program. 
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Now Accepting Applications: Springfield Gardens Education Center School-Age Program

Our school-age program for children ages 5-11 focuses on the development of students’ abilities and uses a strengths-based approach in a supportive environment.
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Support Birch Family Services Through AmazonSmile!

Put a smile on your face and help Birch Family Services empower people with autism and developmental disabilities to lead fulfilling lives when you shop on AmazonSmile!
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Meet Ava

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to help us double our impact! Look out for a post from us every Tuesday leading up to 2020 to learn about the people we empower all year round and how you can help!
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Match Game: Lloyds Bank and New Frontier Continue Mentorship Program

Since 2017, volunteers from Lloyds Bank have partnered with the Birch Family Services New Frontier program to provide valuable interviewing skills and workplace-readiness advice to young adults with autism and developmental disabilities.
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There's Still Time to Contribute and Make a Difference!

The 7th annual Birch Family Services 5K Halloween Fun Run and Walk was an amazing success, but much remains to be done. That’s why we’re still accepting contributions until Friday, November 15!
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Birch Family Services in the News: Read for the Record at Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center

News 12 New York was on the scene at Birch's Pelham Bay Early Childhood Center in the Bronx yesterday morning to capture the program's Read for the Record festivities, just one of the many held at all of our nine early childhood and school age education programs.
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Read for the Record, Birch Family Services Style

Every year, Birch staff, Board members, friends, and volunteers have a blast participating in Jumpstart's Read for the Record. This year was no exception!
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Birch Family Services Expands Board of Directors

Justin Bachman, Sameer Gadre and Nicholas X. Jerez Bring considerable nonprofit marketing and financial expertise to the organization.
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Eye of Newt, Dash of Cute

Students around Birch Family Services's Early Childhood Education and School-Age programs celebrated Halloween and the harvest moon with a whole lot of fun and just enough scary.
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The Power of Reading with One Voice

VOLUNTEER AT BIRCH: Each year, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record brings together millions of adults and children around the world each year to read the same book on the same day in order to raise awareness about the critical importance of early literacy.
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When It Rains It Pours: Thank You for an Overwhelming Success!

This year's Birch Family Services 5K Halloween Fun Run and Family Day raised more unrestricted funds than any of our previous 5Ks, exceeding our goal of $100,000 and all of our wildest expectations.
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Paint, Sip, and Repeat: All for a Good Cause

Birch's own Nicole Hilalgo hosted a wine glass painting party in Brooklyn in support of the 7th Annual Birch Family Services 5K Run and Family Day to be held on Sunday, October 27th in Manhattan's Hudson River Park.
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Corporate Advisory Network: Update

Today, CAN members are engaged at various levels from securing “buy-in” for supporting employees with disabilities at their companies to considering volunteer or paid internships to creating full-time job opportunities to significantly impact the lives of young adults we support through our employment programs.
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Autumn Mix

Residents from our 53rd Street house getting into the season on Saturday at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Harvest Festival.
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Jumpstart's Read for the Record: 'Thank You, Omu!'

Each year, Jumpstart's Read for the Record brings together millions of adults and children around the world each year to read the same book on the same day in order to raise awareness about the critical importance of early literacy.
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October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month was enacted in 1945 by Congress to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities and highlight the fact that many Americans with disabilities are capable of making meaningful contributions to the workforce.
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Job Interviewing 101: Virtu Financial and the New Frontier

Acing the interview is essential for anyone searching for a new job. While a strong resume may spark an employer’s
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A Boonoonoonous Morning

Award-winning Jamaican-Canadian author Olive Senior and acclaimed Bronx illustrator Laura James visited preschoolers at Birch's Soundview Early Childhood Center to read from their books critically acclaimed children's books.
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Volunteers Needed for 7th annual Birch Family Services 5K Halloween Fun Run and Walk

We are seeking volunteers to help manage specific Race Day task as we raise critical funds to support children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities!
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2019 DSP Recognition Week: Embracing the Core Competencies

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This is what a Direct Support Professional does every day. Every time you embrace one of the Core Competencies you are living your most authentic life by serving others.
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National Direct Support Professionals Week - A Message from Matt Sturiale, President and CEO

September 8-14, 2019 is National Direct Support Professionals Week. This is part of a national movement to bring attention to the critical role of DSPs supporting individuals with autism and developmental disabilities to lead the lives that they want as contributing members of their communities.
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There's No Place Like (a Newly Renovated) Home

It's been a long six months of hotel living, but after six months of renovations, the folks from Birch's 183rd Street residence in the Bronx are happy to be home!
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Chain Reactions: Integrating STEM to Encourage Creativity and Problem Solving in Early Childhood Education

Recently, Birch Workforce Training and Development Coordinator Margaret Chiara conducted a workshop devoted to incorporating STEM-based learning across early childhood curriculum.
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Run, Walk, and Celebrate at the 7th Annual Birch Family Services 5K Run and Family Day

We invite you to join us at this important event as individuals we support, their families, our staff, board members, and community partners run or walk to raise critical funds to support our mission of empowering people with autism and developmental disabilities lead fulfilling lives.
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New Frontier: Interacting with Law Enforcement

Yesterday at the July meeting of our New Frontier program's Monthly Employment Group, NYPD Sergeant Omar Velez paid a visit to our offices to discuss safety in the community, what to do if you find yourself in an unsafe environment or situation, and how to best to interact with law enforcement.
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Ms. JoAnn's House in Pelham Bay

Birch Family Services staff, board members, and friends joined about 800 others from the New York City disabilities community last night to celebrate the 2019 Sapolin Accessibility Awards.
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Birch at the 2019 Sapolin Accessibility Awards

Birch Family Services staff, board members, and friends joined about 800 others from the New York City disabilities community last night to celebrate the 2019 Sapolin Accessibility Awards.
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Birch at the 2019 NYC Disability Pride Parade

Since 2008, this dedicated and compassionate employee has worked tirelessly with students at the Riverdale Early Childhood Center in both our early childhood and structured teaching classrooms.
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Birch Community Services Annual BBQ

On Saturday, individuals from Birch’s Burnett Street, Flatlands, East 53rd Street, and 94th Street residences; staff; friends; and families turned out for music, games – and food – for the Birch Family Services annual BBQ at Canarsie Park in Brooklyn.
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Bierka Cornielle Brings Passion and Achievement to Birch Riverdale

Since 2008, this dedicated and compassionate employee has worked tirelessly with students at the Riverdale Early Childhood Center in both our early childhood and structured teaching classrooms.
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Birch's Gladys Tavares Burns the Midnight Oil

With nearly 25 years at Washington Heights Education Center, this Early Education teacher represents everything we aspire to at Birch Family Services.
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Birch Family Services Celebrates 44th Annual Spring Gala

On May 9, 2019, we came together at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan to celebrate our many achievements over the past year and to help build a meaningful future for the people and families that we support.
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Karen Esposito: Teacher, Mentor

This Mill Basin Early Childhood Center veteran and "life-long learner" eagerly shares what she's learned over 18 years of Special Education knowledge with her colleagues.
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Teacher Appreciation: A Letter from Zabir's Parents

The teacher and teaching assistants at Birch's Long Island City Early Childhood Education Center received a wonderful note from a
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Birch Family Services Announces 2019 Spring Gala Honorees

Join us on May 9 at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan, as We Honor Long-Time Friends and Supporters at our Annual Spring Gala: Empowering People. Building Futures.
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Corporate Advisory Network: Focus on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion

On April 16, guest speakers, Eric J. Felsberg, Esq. and Craig S. Roberts, Esq., of Jackson Lewis P.C., presented on Ensuring Successful Diversity and Inclusion Practices in the Workplace, with a focus on people with disabilities.
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‘Determined’ Jasmine Speaks Up and Moves Up

But it hasn’t always been easy for this “kind” and “determined” preschooler on the autism spectrum.
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Bridging Research and Clinical Practice in Language Instruction for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This professional development training session offered both ASHA CEUs for Speech Therapists and CTLEs for Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Educational Leaders.
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Join Birch Family Services at Our Spring Gala

During the evening, we will recognize individuals and organizations whose vision, leadership, and endeavors are central to our Gala focus — Empowering People. Building Futures.
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Springfield Gardens Renovations: Before and After

Before and After pictures of the much-needed renovations to our Springfield Gardens Education Center in Queens...
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What About Us: Birch CEO Calls for Cost of Living Adjustment at Manhattan DD Council Legislative Breakfast

Matt Sturiale called on the NYS Assembly and Senate to add to each of their house bills a 2.9% Cost of Living Adjustment to this year’s budget.
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Birch Family Services, Corporate Partners Kick Off Read Across America

Birch staff, families, board members, and volunteers from Lloyds Bank and Cooley LLP read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to students in honor of the beloved children’s writer’s birthday.
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Ava's Turnaround

Since attending East Flatbush Early Childhood Center, Ava has shown a new enthusiasm for learning.
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Michael, the Budding Scientist

This school-age science leader helps younger classmates make the leap into the unknown.
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Welcome From the CEO

President and CEO Matthew Sturiale welcomes visitors to the new Birch Family Services website.
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