Celebrating 179 Years of Service: Changing Lives of Children and Building Brighter Futures.

Make Your Mark and Be a Part of the Change!

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Our Legacy of Hope

Established on May 10, 1845, Elmcrest Children’s Center has a rich history rooted in changing the lives of children in need and building brighter futures. Originating as the Syracuse Orphans’ Asylum, it evolved over 179 years to adapt to changing societal needs, ultimately becoming Elmcrest Children’s Center in 1845. 

Originally focused on orphan care, Elmcrest shifted its mission to serve troubled youth in the 1960s, later expanding to cater to children with emotional, behavioral, and developmental challenges. Today, Elmcrest offers a wide range of services, including residential treatment, education, respite care, and early education programs, impacting over 2,800 children annually. Our legacy of innovation and leadership in Central New York’s child welfare landscape invites further exploration of our transformative journey.

Learn more about Elmcrest’s history and ongoing commitment to empowering children and families by clicking the link below.

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Become a Change Maker and Join Our Legacy of Hope

Make A Gift

Make a gift to Elmcrest and join us in our mission to empower children and families in need. This year has seen remarkable achievements, with over 2,800 children and their families benefiting from our essential services. At Elmcrest, our diverse range of programs is meticulously crafted to meet the unique needs of every child we serve, fostering an environment where they can thrive and reach their fullest potential. Your support not only touches lives but transforms them, creating brighter futures for the next generation.

Visit Our Campus

Embark on a captivating journey through our campus and immerse yourself in the essence of our mission at Elmcrest. Our vibrant community thrives on a commitment to excellence in nurturing the potential of every individual who graces our grounds. From our state-of-the-art facilities to the warmth of our staff, each step of the tour unveils our dedication to fostering growth, resilience, and empowerment. To arrange your enlightening experience, kindly contact our Agency Development Officer, Helen Kelley, at 315-446-6250 ext. 258 or via email at hkelley@elmcrest.org.

Join Our Mailing List

Stay connected and informed about the latest developments within our organization. Our mailing list provides a convenient way for you to stay involved and up-to-date on all the important events and initiatives happening at Elmcrest.

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Join Our Team

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children? Then Elmcrest Children’s Center wants you! We know that working with children is rewarding but difficult. We also know that working with children who are socially, emotionally, or physically disadvantaged is even more difficult, but necessary.

Elmcrest is always looking for honest, career-driven individuals who are willing to learn and are dedicated to protecting the promise of children and families…every day.

Learn More About Elmcrest Programs and Services

Elmcrest Programs and Services

Elmcrest’s programs and services extend a lifeline to vulnerable children and families facing daunting challenges. Through both residential and community-based initiatives, we ignite a flame of hope in the hearts of those who need it most. Our efforts are not just about providing temporary relief; they are about instilling a sense of possibility and resilience in every child we serve. From nurturing educational opportunities to fostering character strengths and social skills, we pave the way for a brighter future.