Storyteller Children's Center is dedicated to offering high-quality programming in a safe supportive environment.
"You have an amazing ability to express the strengths and essence of your kids in a way they can draw inspiration from both now and for many years to come. In the hustle and bustle of the day, I notice many wonderful moments, but rarely get a chance to tell you what an amazing teacher you are and how much I admire the nurturing, enriching, positive space you cultivate for the children of Storyteller to thrive in! "
~Ruth (State Street Volunteer)
Who We Serve
Storyteller serves the community’s most vulnerable children and families. Most have been homeless at some point, lived in shelters, or with multiple families in one small apartment. Their parents often suffer from risk factors such as poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence or medical conditions.
Most live below the federal poverty guideline of $24,300 for a family of four, and of our current families 48 % are single parents, 10 % are teen parents, 35 % live in shelters, and 10 % have reported domestic violence, and 33 % of the children we serve have developmental delays or disabilities.
Storyteller’s three-pronged approach to school readiness involves the parents, the teachers and the child. Our goals are for children to be prepared to enter kindergarten school and ready to learn, their families able to support their child’s learning and development, and that our teachers are trained as best in class and able to be effective therapeutic educators goals. Storyteller considers our parents the teachers of our children!
Children at Storyteller Children’s Center receive early childhood education, therapeutic counseling, 3 nutritious meals a day, and medical/dental screenings. Our teachers are trained in “Reflective Practice and Supervision”, a technique prepares our teachers to respond to the critical needs of each family.
Parents and guardians are given access to educations classes, home visits, case management and counseling. Storyteller teachers meet quarterly with the parents/guardians to establish goals for their family’s education and career. Our goal is to empower families in breaking the cycle of poverty and to help children become kindergarten ready. We believe that part of our role is to encourage families to become engaged in the community.
For more information on our programs, please contact Susan Cass, Executive Director.