OPEN NOW! ADVANTAGE LEARNING LAB
ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND
This city-funded childcare program is free for eligible children.
HCK Recreation, Inc. is approved by the City of New York to provide a Learning Lab program for up to 200 seats through the Learning Bridges Initiative. Funded by the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Advantage Learning Lab on Roosevelt Island program will provide, at no charge to families, academic support and enrichment activities from 8 AM to 3 PM weekdays while public schools are in session.
Questions? Call us at 212.371.1804
There is no charge for eligible children. To apply, parents must first complete a DOE online application at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges
The facilities at 250/281 Main St. on Roosevelt Island offer specifically designated areas for classroom space and recreational activities. Thanks to a collaboration between the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (a New York State Public Authority) and the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, they include:
• the west half of a 41,000-square-foot athletic center (“Sportspark”)
• the Racquet Club’s north bubble, which is 25,000 square feet
• two outdoor sports fields
The program provider is HCK Recreation, Inc., a for-profit corporation that is the Managing Partner of the Racquet Club. Its President, Skip Hartman, previously co-founded and served as CEO of two public charities: New York Junior Tennis and Learning (NYJTL) and New York Edge (formerly the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation). Those organizations are the largest provider of after-school sports, arts and academic support programs in the New York City public schools.
HCK has appointed Paul Fontana as Director of the Lab. He is a graduate of Syracuse University with a dual degree in Education and Social Science. A program director with HCK since 2010, he has directed their summer day camps and school-year Advantage QuickStart Tennis programs. He previously was a Tennis Director at indoor clubs, a high school tennis and basketball coach, and a USPTA teaching professional.
Paul has recruited Ty Defrietas to be the Lab’s Senior Education Specialist, with responsibility of overseeing the academic support programs. Ty is an experienced and highly skilled educator. She has a B.A. degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercy College, a second Master’s in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education and a Doctorate in Executive Leadership from Manhattanville College. Ty has taught grades K to 8 for 17 years for the NYC DOE in public schools and more recently abroad in the United Arab Emirates. Her specialty is literacy.
Paul and Ty have assembled an excellent staff of group leaders and activity specialists. There is a group leader for every 10 to 15 students with the role of reenforcing and supervising the children’s individualized academic plans provided by their respective schools.
RIOC is in full support of any qualified entity efforts as a provider in securing Learning Bridges programs for Roosevelt Island families and will provide space to make this happen. We understand the challenges that parents are facing with hybrid learning and are committed to assisting with this effort to bring higher levels of accessibility during this pandemic.
– Shelton J. Haynes, RIOC Acting President and CEO
Parents, apply today! There is no charge for eligible children.
Questions? Call us at 212.371.1804