When BwCF launched the Beginning with Children School in 1992 (which became Beginning with Children Charter School in 2001), its mission was not merely to establish a school providing a quality education to children in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. It was also intended to have a far-reaching impact on all children in the public school system - by becoming a model of how a school could offer the highest quality academic environment to a diverse body of students.
Everything about the school was designed to be welcoming and nurturing, and to convey the Foundation's firm belief in children's ability to become self-confident, motivated, and academically prepared to pursue their goals. Created in partnership with the then New York City Board of Education (now Department of Education), the United Federation of Teachers, and Pfizer Inc, that first BwCF school quickly set a new standard for both academic excellence and efficient school management. Its conversion to charter status was at the request of the Chancellor of the City of New York, making it one of the first K-8 public charter schools in New York State.
BwCF's mission took another leap forward with the launch of a second school, the Community Partnership Charter School, which opened in Brooklyn's Fort Greene section in 2000. Modeled after the first school's successful formula, CPCS was the fruit of a partnership with local parents and chartered by the Trustees of the State University of New York.
Because the Foundation deliberately chose different authorizers to charter its schools, the two schools together provide a wealth of data on what structures, qualities, and characteristics contribute to high quality education. That information forms the basis for BwCF's roadmap for change in the public school system as a whole, as the Foundation mentors, inspires, and advises other existing and prospective charters. – less – More from ZoomInfo »