At MARC we live by the belief that “Only the Educated are Free”— Epictetus.
MARC provides underserved children of the Bronx and their families with the
opportunity to develop their social, creative,
and academic skills so that they can become lifelong
learners who are free to make educated choices
and decisions in their lives.
Today, MARC continues improving the lives of children in our pre-kindergarten
and after school programs. MARC is also committed to involving the parents and
caretakers of the children through our Family Literacy, ESL, nutrition and health
programs and workshops.
MARC helps children overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential, through
programs that nurture, empower and invest in both them and their families for
a lifetime of learning and success.
At MARC, we believe that children’s potential is blocked
only by the circumstance poverty. To break the cycle of poverty in the Bronx
we intervene early
and continue to serve children throughout their elementary
Poverty in childhood is associated with a wide range of social, educational,
health and employment problems. The first years of school shape children’s
lifelong emotional and intellectual development. However, each year in the
Bronx tens of thousands of children struggle because they lack educational
Children who start behind, stay behind. According to the Citizen's Committee
for Children, 42.1 percent of children living in the Bronx are born into poverty
and 69.5 percent of Bronx children are born to poor families. Low-income children
may have a more limited vocabulary. By first grade, children in low-income
families have average vocabularies of 5,000 words compared to children from
more affluent families who have vocabularies of
20,000 words * .
The South Bronx neighborhoods are home to predominantly minority communities
where in 2003, 55 percent spoke a language other than English at home and 46
percent of people reported that they did not speak English "very well."
Since 1995 we have worked with more than 1,500 children from
low-income families in the Mt. Hope and Burnside communities of the Bronx.
We nurture, empower and invest in children and families in the South Bronx
to provide them the tools for a lifetime of learning and success.
MARC believes that Music, Art, Reading and Culture help children develop creative
and academic skills. Enabling a strong, safe and cohesive community of parents,
and administrators that works together to help and support children
- Be creative, expressive, talented, and responsible.
- Grow academically and become lifelong learners.
- Develop self-esteem and respect others.
MARC provides underserved children of the Bronx and their families with opportunities
to become lifelong learners, enabled to make educated decisions in their lives.
As was said by the Greek philosopher Epictetus, “Only the educated are
Our offerings develop social, creative, health and wellness, and academic
- Encouraging parents’ involvement in our Pre-K and
After School programs.
- Encouraging physical
well-being, in addition to
academic success by offering free children’s eye exams and dental
checkups, nutritious school meals, and nutrition and health workshops.
- Working in the community to form partnerships so we can
better respond to community concerns such as housing needs, obesity, and
- Enabling well-rounded educations for children and their
Recognizing that our diversity is a source of strength
educational opportunity. This is embodied by our students and staff and
is demonstrated by the school’s popular annual multicultural celebration.