June 2024

June 2024 | QCCN is pleased to announce we are part of a new funding initiative launched this spring by United Neighborhood Houses-UNH.
UNH’s “The Center for the Wellbeing of New York’s Children and Families” goal is to support settlement houses as they pilot or expand program models that meet the social and emotional needs of young children in a family setting. This initiative also seeks to enhance the educational skills and economic health of parents and families; and/or promote community health and wellness for children and families.
By providing two-year funding and bringing together settlement houses, the Center will catalyze new, expanded, and enriched programs that incorporate a whole family approach benefiting children under the age of 21 with a particular emphasis on young children.

The inaugural cohort consists of 10 settlement houses serving communities across New York City. QCCN is honored to be part of this impactful initiative.

With this funding, QCCN will be able to expand our support for parents and caregivers of children with developmental delays or behavioral challenges. We will also provide enhanced resource access to Queens parents, providers, and community partners to maximize developmental outcomes and better navigate special education systems.

June 2024 | QCCN hosted another educational family event, on June 18h at 6:30pm, as part of our new Parent Support & Wellness project.
With the support of NYC Civic Engagement Commission-The People’s Money,  QCCN was able to offer this special learning opportunity.
Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, marks the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas learned they were free—over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. This important day honors the end of slavery in the United States and celebrates African American freedom, culture, and achievements.
Our read-along featured engaging stories and videos that teach children about this significant part of American history in a fun and educational way.
This was a bilingual English/Spanish event with a virtual raffle with prizes including three prize options of Household Items, Infant Supplies, and Self Care Bundles.

June 2024 | QCCN partnered with YOUNG CHILD LEARNING to offer an informative free webinar to early childhood professionals.
Our Director, Dawn Mastoridis, along with co-host, Dr. Scott Mesh, presented on “Cultivating Collaboration and Communication with Parents of Special Needs Children.”

Over 100 people attended this event, which addressed:

1. Key components of parent rapport building, reflective listening, constructive conflict resolution, and strength-based communication.

2. Strategies to foster mutual respect, proactive planning, empathy, transparency, boundaries, and cultural sensitivity with parents.

3. Techniques to promote productive parent engagement.

In post-webinar surveys, attendees expressed high levels of satisfaction with the depth of information along with the recommended strategies and resources.



We are again collecting gently used and new items to support our Queens families. The most in need items are:

-Infants Supplies

-Educational Toys

-Child/Youth Clothing & Furnishings

-Children’s Shoes, Sneakers, & Boots

-Hygiene Supplies (New or Unopened)

QCCN is collecting donations at our office located at 108-21 72nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, in Forest Hills.

To prearrange your donation, please email us at [email protected] or leave a message at 347.897.4949.

We greatly appreciate your support and partnership. Thank you!