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About Us

We are a community-based, not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1975.  CDSC began as a self-help group headed by parents to provide child care for families in the Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant sections of Brooklyn, New York.  From our modest beginnings of providing the single service of on-site childcare, we have evolved into a multi-service organization that provides a wide range of services to children, youth, and families.

Since our beginning, CDSC has helped more than 20,000 families and individuals to become self-sufficient and self-reliant.  We are motivated by the belief that vibrant, healthy communities start with strong, secure families.

Our unique ability to recognize and adapt to changing community circumstances and needs enables us to continually provide proactive, responsive, relevant, and quality programs and services to our clients.


  • Created, with the New York City Child Care Resource and Referral Consortium (NYC CCR&R), a toll-free number (1-888-469-5999) which provides child care information and assistance to parents and child care providers in different languages including Spanish, Haitian Creole, Russian, and Chinese. The hotline receives over 500 calls daily.

  • Through our preventive services program we provided educational tools that helped stabilize families and kept over 300 Central Brooklyn youths out of the foster care system.

  • Our Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) program helps over 6,000 families annually to access child care information and resources, and connect them to subsidy funding to pay for their child care needs. In 2006, we received a Best Practices certification for demonstrating our competence in the field of Child Care Resource and Referral.

  • We help more than 3,000 individuals annually to become self-employed by establishing home-based early childhood programs through training, technical assistance and resources.

  • We collaborated with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger to form the Brooklyn Alliance of Community Services (BACS), a neighborhood network of emergency food programs and social service organizations in Central Brooklyn. BACS distributes over 500 food packages to children, seniors, and adults each month.

  • Through our partnership with the Brooklyn Outreach Center (BOC) we assist low-income child care providers to become successful entrepreneurs by providing intensive business, legal, child care skill, and accounting assistance.



Hours of Operation

Child Care Resource & Referral
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday (For training Only)
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Emergency Food Pantry
Thursdays10:00 am- 12:00 pm

Hydroponic Farm Tours
By appointment

Head Start
Monday - Friday
7:45 am - 5:00 pm


Updated 7/2013