Pumpkin Patch Hayride returns to Elmcrest

Autumn traditions – pumpkins, apple cider, donuts and horse-drawn hayrides – returned to Elmcrest this fall. “Just watching kids run to find the pumpkin that’s perfect for them is the best,” said Janene Bartell, who has organized Elmcrest’s annual Pumpkin Patch Hayride for more than 20 years. Each child gets one pumpkin. (Video: Elmcrest children run […]

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Berkshire Bank grant provides Summer Learning Kits

Elmcrest Early Education Center was able to create Summer Learning Kits through the generosity of Berkshire Bank.  The grant coupled with a book give away reached 130 families in Onondaga County who receive services through Elmcrest's Early Education Center, ESM (East Syracuse Minoa) Park Hill and Northside Early Education Center.  Hundreds of children will benefit […]

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News Channel 9 interview with Elmcrest, silently working with children amidst Covid-19

At Elmcrest, children find new ways of living but now, even the staff is learning to adapt. See full interview:

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Elmcrest Proposes Supportive Housing for Young Parents

Elmcrest Children’s Center and Christopher Community, Inc. are partnering to tackle the issue of poverty and housing vulnerability of young parents in Syracuse. The proposed project will involve; Building 50 units of safe and affordable housing on the Elmcrest property Providing supportive services to the parents to assist them transition to financial independence Providing early […]

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Building on the Promise of...

This winter, Elmcrest gave a glimpse in to the lives of the children and families that we work with throughout the year. As we approach 2019 and look forward to our 175th anniversary in 2020, we are taking the time to reflect on our past with gratitude and embrace our future with enthusiasm. We know […]

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Berkshire Bank Supports Elmcrest Programming

Elmcrest has been awarded a grant in the amount of $5,500 from Berkshire Bank. This grant will support two important initiatives: The BB  R.I.G.H.T (Respect, Integrity, Guts, Having Fun & Teamwork) Girls Leadership Program and Meatball Madness. The BB R.I.G.H.T Girls Leadership Program is a five-week leadership course aimed at young ladies in Elmcrest’s residential […]

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Fostering Leadership

Elmcrest relies on the generosity of our community businesses for the success of our programs and services. Each year, several companies join our Fostering Leadership Program by contributing $10,000 annually to partner with Elmcrest in caring for the more than 2500 children and families we serve each year. We recognize these companies at all of […]

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Elmcrest is tackling the issue of youth unemployment (Your letters)

As seen on www.syracuse.com To the Editor: According to the federal government's most recent report, youth unemployment remains high — 11.5 percent of young people aged 16-24 could not find work. And the problem can grow even more severe when youth face additional obstacles. For example, young people with disabilities are often put at a […]

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Elmcrest Expands it's Family Support Services Program Upon Request of Cortland County

The Family Support Center (FSC) in Syracuse is a transitional residence for children entering and moving through the foster care system in Onondaga County. It is a collaborative effort between Onondaga County Department of Social Services and Elmcrest. Children are expected to stay at FSC for 14 days. FSC serves up to 14 males and […]

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