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Andy’s #WhyCFK Story

Change for Kids is recruiting for our 2018 TCS New York City Marathon Team, and we want youMeet Andy Hoffman, a 2017 CFK Marathon Runner.  We asked Andy about his marathon experience and why he ran for Change for Kids.

Andy Hoffman

Why did you choose to run for Change for Kids?
I was introduced to Team CFK through my company, The Carlyle Group, who is a partner of Change for Kids.  I wanted to run the NYC Marathon for a charity that I really believed in, and for me, nothing is more important than access to a strong educational system beginning at a very young age.  The work that Change for Kids is doing at the elementary school level is setting the stage for children to succeed as they move up through middle school, high school, and beyond.

What was it like running the largest marathon in the world?
I’ve run a handful of other marathons before, but this was my first NYC experience, and I can honestly say it’s just totally different.  The entire day is really a unique and amazing experience.  In addition to the excitement, it’s also a very satisfying and proud feeling to complete the race.  And doing it while helping kids made it even more satisfying.

Any advice for this year’s runners?
If you’re training for a marathon, set a training plan that works for your lifestyle.  Create a schedule that you’re going to be able to stick to, and that you can consistently balance with other personal and work commitments in your life.  You want to go into a marathon prepared, so you need to get the miles in.  But you also want the process to be fun, not a burden.  So balancing all of that is key.

Learn more about running the 2018 TCS NYC Marathon on November 4th here.

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Why Reading Matters By The End Of Third Grade

Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a critical marker in a child’s educational development. Until third grade, children learn to read, but after third grade they read to learn. Children who enter fourth grade without reading proficiency are more likely to dropout of high school, reducing their earnings potential and chances for success.* This risk is greatest for students in low-income communities where schools often cannot provide the resources needed to prepare their students for success.

75% of children who struggle with reading in the 3rd grade will never catch up to their peers unless they get the help they need in elementary school.

That’s why CFK aims to make an impact in reading proficiency early in a child’s educational career. Change for Kids provides programs, tutoring and other resources to aid in building competent readers.

Through our programs Guest Reader and Reading Buddies, children have the opportunity to hear a story from our volunteers and corporate partners. These activities are special, engage students in literacy, and often leave the children asking when they will see their guest reader again!


*Annie E Casey Foundation

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New Year, New School: CFK Expands to Staten Island!

You heard right!

CFK is breaking new ground in 2018 by officially serving all five boroughs! We’re thrilled to welcome P.S. 21 in Staten Island to our network. In a borough where there’s a lack of nonprofit offerings and only 51% of third graders are proficient in reading, CFK has a tremendous opportunity to make an impact. Principal Anthony Cosentino is joining forces with CFK to enhance P.S. 21’s STEM offerings and community engagement. CFK believes every elementary school student–no matter their zip code–deserves a quality education that will prepare them for success in middle school and beyond.


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CFK Supporters Come Together Citywide to Make Holidays Bright for Students

A whoopie cushion, light saber and pogo stick were just some of the items students at our partner schools had at the top of their wishlists this year.

While the holidays are a time to celebrate, they can also be an extra stressor for families across NYC. Every holiday season, Change for Kids hosts collection drives for our partner schools to ensure students have an extra reason to smile at the end of December.

Thanks to generous individuals and corporate partners, 2702 toys and winter essentials were delivered to students in December. Santa and his elves even made an appearance to deliver gifts, while other corporate partners personally handed the gifts to individual students.

Many thanks to the following supporters for making the holiday season so special for our students!

  • Apex Systems
  • Apollo Global Management
  • Blackstone
  • Davis & Gilbert
  • First Republic National Bank
  • Helm US
  • Jessica Scott + friends
  • Labaton Sucharow
  • Moda Operandi
  • Q5 Partners
  • Salesforce
  • Slack
  • Union Square Ventures
  • Yale Club
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A Principal’s Vision Becomes a Reality at Grant Avenue

Teachers at Grant Avenue are kicking off this semester with a brand new space to collaborate and recharge. A year ago, Principal Kristin Erat shared a vision with CFK: What if we could turn a storage room into a teacher collaboration space?  CFK saw an opportunity to establish a relationship between the school, Gensler Design and Hillmann Consulting LLC to donate their time and design and construct the space. Recently, Grant Avenue hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the room, which is featured in the Bronx Times. Now, teachers can use this space to continue to inspire students and each other. Many thanks to Gensler Design and Hillmann Consulting LLC for making Principal Erat’s dream come true!



5th Annual Super Chefs Sets New Record

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On November 2nd, Change for Kids partnered with 11 nationally-celebrated chefs to raise more than $700,000 at its 5th annual Super Chefs benefit.

Christian Isaiah, Super Chefs student speaker, took center stage and spoke in front of hundreds of guests. This is something he could never have imagined doing a few years ago. “I used to be really shy. But that’s no longer the case thanks to the CFK opportunities I had in school, along with the support of the Brooklyn Landmark community,” he said.

Christian credits CFK programs and experiences throughout elementary school with helping him become the confident, articulate and self-motivated 6th grade student he is today. “I know I’m unique and I’m on the right path,” he said. “I take education very seriously and know it’ll lead me to success.”

Thanks to our incredible Super Chefs supporters, Change for Kids will be able to impact more students like Christian next year as we expand the network of CFK partner schools benefiting from the academic, social and emotional resources we provide.

 Check out a new CFK Video featuring Christian below!

Our New Look

Looking Forward with Change for Kids: Our Schools, Our City, Our Future
Since its founding in 1996, Change for Kids has encouraged students to dream bigger and achieve more. Recently, we felt that our messaging, visual identity and tagline did not clearly convey our ultimate goal of bridging the opportunity gap to give all our children access to quality education. That’s why we re-examined our messaging – to make it easier for you to understand and communicate #WhyCFK matters – because 75% of children who struggle with reading in the 3rd grade will never catch up to their peers unless they get the help they need in elementary school.


Our new logo has been redesigned as a pencil rocket to reflect Change for Kids’ approach of bringing critical resources into underserved elementary schools to prepare every student for success in middle school and beyond. Change for Kids’ model is designed to impact students’ academic achievement and social-emotional development by engaging them early on so they stay on track academically.

Our tagline, “Our Schools, Our City, Our Future,” speaks to citywide community engagement from energized New Yorkers–like you–who invest volunteer hours, money and resources in our partner schools. This special CFK community makes a difference in the lives of our children and ensures our city’s future remains a vibrant one.

Thank you for your continued support of Change for Kids. Together, we can build a stronger New York City by investing in our public elementary schools.