Just in Time

The excellent fall weather offered many opportunities for the children in Elmcrest programs to enjoy the outdoors and create fun projects. Boys and girls from Child and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS) ventured off to a local farm, went apple picking, and leaf gathering for art projects. One clever scout found a leaf bigger than Read More »

New Horizons

Two of our Elmcrest residents need not wait for June to reap the rewards of their scholastic achievements. Both will graduate from high school in January. Recently they hit the trails at Chittenango Falls with their supervisor and shared laughs and senior memories together. One of the highlights of the day was senior pictures. These Read More »

From North to South

Elmcrest’s Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS) program serves hundreds of children each year across several counties in NYS. Services are designed to assess and support children with mental health challenges, to be successful in their home and within their community. Through therapy and support services, an important part of this program is Read More »

101 Minus 92

Cottage #8 youth and staff dressed as the 101 Dalmations for Halloween. The movie, 101 Dalmatians, could have had a preview on the Elmcrest campus last month. The boys  from Cottage 8 were joined by a few  adventurous staff for some Halloween fun. The big question? Did they get real treats or bones? Read More »

Clever Crafting

In Elmcrest’s Mexico program, girls 14 and under meet monthly for a social gathering. They are part of Elmcrest’s Children and Family Treatment Support Services (CFTSS). At each meeting they take on some fun activity. Plans for bleaching T-shirts to create designs were not favorable to the T-shirts! Many of the resulting colors were too Read More »

Happy Halloween!

Former Principal Deb Mastropaolo reads to ECC elementary kids. Mrs. Mastropaolo was a welcome “visitor” to Elmcrest just in time for Halloween. This beloved principal of Elmcrest’s school recently retired but made a return visit to kick-off the Monthly Mystery Reader for our elementary students. She read "Creepy Carrots" By Aaron Reynolds. The kids loved Read More »


Hay is for horses…and the annual hayride the children at Elmcrest enjoyed a short time ago! They continued their fall adventure with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Each child selected a favorite pumpkin and enjoyed cider and donut treats. The smiles on these faces were all captured in the fall “photo booth.” Read More »

The Spirit of the Wolf

The call of the wolf reached one of our senior boys at Elmcrest. He traveled with our Literacy Specialist to Wolf Mountain Nature Center in Smyrna, Chenango County, NY. This young man has a passion for wolves and was happy to check out this unique place that fosters appreciation for the intrinsic value of Gray Read More »

An Exciting Chapter

Elmcrest youth at the Teen Book Festival in Rochester. A short trip to Rochester was the highlight of a recent weekend for six Elmcrest students. They traveled to the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (GRTBF).  They met several authors who write for teens and who spoke to them personally about writing and publishing books. The Read More »

Animal Kingdom

ECC youth enjoying Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Several children from the Elmcrest residences mingled with the animals this summer. Rosamond Gifford Zoo offered large and small, animals, fish, and fowl for the children to visit. New favorites this year were two new baby cape porcupines, two more Humboldt penguin chicks and the arrival of Bjorn the Read More »