Hola!, Namaste, Marhaba, Zdravo, Bonjour, Konnichiwa…

            …or “Hello” from the staff and families at Elmcrest’s Northside Early Education Center! On the Northside of Syracuse, you can hear Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, French, Swahili, and other languages, as many diverse populations settle into our community. At Elmcrest’s Northside Early Education Center, 45 percent of our employees have come to the United States Read More »

Learning can be Fun!

The boys and girls in Elmcrest’s Mexico program are putting their skills to the test. Some are learning carpentry skills by working with wood. Others keep busy -- keeping puppies busy -- who are awaiting new homes. Going for a strike in the bowling lane takes practice. And when the outdoors calls, patience settles on the Read More »

Meeting the Mascots

Checking out colleges is an exciting adventure for Elmcrest students. This month the academic roads led “due north,” to SUNY Canton and another day, another trip, southeast to SUNY Morrisville.  Up north, the youth learned about SUNY Canton’s academic programming. They spoke with professors and had a literal “taste” of college life with lunch in Read More »

Syracuse to Tampa Bay

The boys in Cottage #1 recently met football fame first-hand. Cottage #1 Shift Supervisor Myzjala Battle invited her friend SirVocea Dennis to speak to the boys at Elmcrest. SirVocea “Voss,” visited the campus and shared his path from CBA in Syracuse to Tampa Bay. “Voss” grew up in Syracuse, became a star offensive player at Read More »

Down to Earth

Earth Day did not pass unnoticed at Elmcrest. Residents worked alongside staff to clean-up the outside grounds from the remnants of winter.  Lots of helpers soon had the Elmcrest surroundings neat and orderly. Cottage 7 dedicated their labors to helping beautify the landscape for the future. They planted wildflowers that promise to deliver beauty and Read More »


May is Mental Health Awareness month, and the current crisis in children’s mental health is a priority at Elmcrest. With the opening of Heron Hall and White Pine Hall, their first respite programs are operating on the Salt Springs campus. These two six-bed residences already are fully occupied. The CDC describes mental disorders among children Read More »

High Jinks

Several lucky children in the Oswego Elmcrest program recently tested their aerobic skills at Camp Foundation. These athletic girls leapt, jumped, and rotated, with boundless energy on trampoline and floor mats. Thanks to Camp Foundation for the generous (and no cost) use of their great facility. Read More »

Southern Spring

This “Blooming Bulletin Board” was created by the Elmcrest children in Binghamton programs. Each child’s flower “grew” out of a coffee filter into a colorful bloom with a message on the leaf. These  youth are in the Children & Family Treatment Support Programs (CFTSS) and Home and Community Based Services ( HCBS) in the southern Read More »

Trying New Skills

The boys and girls in Elmcrest’s Onondaga County community programs tested several new activities this past month. They mastered a 3D printer, a sewing machine, and culinary challenges, with excellent results. Direct Service Provider, Sarah Goodman, proudly displayed the results of their creative efforts…a colorful purse from sewing success, an epic Flash-themed ring and storage box Read More »

From the Not So Frozen North

In our northern counties, Elmcrest Direct Support Professionals work with the children in community-based programs. These boys and girls may have mental health, substance abuse, and/or behavioral health needs. Program goals help to identify strengths, provide therapy, and build relationships to help youth develop coping skills. Staff professionals encourage these children to try various activities Read More »