Educational Institutions

Beginning with Children Foundation, Inc.

  • New York, NY
  • www.bwcf.org

Mission Statement

BwCF was conceived in 1989 by Joseph and Carol Reich with a clear goal: to effect positive change in the public school system through the staunch belief that all children can learn. The Reichs set about creating an innovative new public school, designed to nurture academic achievement and individual growth by addressing the needs of the whole child. In 1992, the Beginning with Children School, a public elementary school independent of local district control, opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. BwCF created a school within the confines of public school regulation which offers the the quality of a private school education to low-income inner-city children. We believed we would succeed because we would incorporate concepts and strategies that for the most part were an anathema to the public system-- performance and fiscal accountability, ongoing student assessment, and self-evaluation and reflection. The success of BwCF's public/private partnership has served as a model of public school reform in NYC. Based on the BwC model, BwCF opened the Community Partnership Charter School in September 2000. In 2001, Beginning with Children School was asked to convert to charter status, and has continued to serve as a model independent public school. More than 1,000 students have benefited from the schools' unique learning environment, where personalized attention, dynamic teaching strategies, and analytical assessment help students master a rigorous academic curriculum and develop a lifelong love of learning. The success of the schools' strategic approach is validated by results on city and state standardized tests, in which BwCF students consistently outperform both neighboring schools and schools city and statewide.

Main Programs

  1. Beginning with Children Charter School, Community Partnership Charter School and BwCF Alumni Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Brooklyn, New York

ruling year

1992

Principal Officer since

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Mr. George W. K. Flowers

Keywords

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charter,independent,education,public schools,education reform,education legislation,diversity,children,low-income children,community,public-private partnerships,pfizer,alternative,welfare,learning,progressive,individualized,curriculum development,staff development,innovative,teaching,renewal,high performance,brooklyn,williamsburg,ft. greene,new york,state tests

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Also Known As

BwCF

EIN

13-3593810

 Number

5903837521

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Beginning with Children Charter School, Community Partnership Charter School and BwCF Alumni Program

BwCF is the founder and institutional partner of two charter elementary schools in Brooklyn: Beginning with Children Charter School (BwCCS) and Community Partnership Charter School (CPCS). BwCCS is a K-8 school with 450 students and CPCS enrolls 300 students in grades K-5. BwCF also runs an Alumni Program which supports and guides alumni of both schools to ensure that they continue to experience academic success after they graduate from our schools and continue their education at secondary and post-secondary levels.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Hispanics

Blacks

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Brooklyn, New York

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BEGINNING WITH CHILDREN FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Beginning with Children Foundation, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. George W. K. Flowers

BIO

eorge W. Flowers is the Executive Director of Beginning with Children Foundation. A graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton and Harvard Law School, Mr. Flowers was most recently a Senior Counsel at Merck & Co., Inc. where he chaired the Global Law Department Diversity Committee. His legal career started at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he was a Corporate Associate. George previously served his country as an artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps. George is a resident of Brooklyn, where his family has extensive roots. He has been active in the community as a student mentor through BwCF and other organizations including Legal Outreach.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Kevin D. D. White

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