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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.

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 preparing children for a lifetime of success. From our beginnings of serving 25 children, MARC now serves almost 200 children each year.

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. 

The problem
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 school years.

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 support.

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."

MARC’s Mission
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, faculty and administrators that works together to help and support children to:

  • 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 free.”

Our offerings develop social, creative, health and wellness, and academic skills by:

  • 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 diabetes.
  • Enabling well-rounded educations for children and their families.
Recognizing that our diversity is a source of strength and educational opportunity. This is embodied by our students and staff and is demonstrated by the school’s popular annual multicultural celebration.