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Court Children's Centers

Providing warm, nurturing and safe places for children to go while their parents or guardians attend their court dates.

For children, a day in court can be stressful and frightening.  Both children and adults benefit from Safe Horizon’s court-based Children’s Centers where trained staff supervises children while their caregivers are involved in court proceedings.

With support from the New York State Unified Court System, the Children’s Centers provide free, educationally-oriented day care in an emotionally supportive setting to children from six weeks through 12 years of age. The Centers are staffed with trained Teachers who provide supervision, educational activities and snacks for the registered children.  Caregivers are provided with referrals and linkages to social service and education programs.

Each center is equipped with:

  • A nursery area with a crib and changing table
  • Play and learning areas with activities from arts and crafts to computers for homework
  • A kitchen area where healthy and nutritious snacks are prepared and provided

About the Staff

At the Children’s Centers, every day is like the first day of school. Supervised by a well-trained teacher, our staff has the expertise to work with children who have never been out of the care of family members. Staff and volunteers receive training to work with children of all ages who may have experienced abuse, have learning disabilities or behavioral issues.

Our staff includes:

  • Teachers who train Children Center staff and volunteers
  • Nursery Attendants from the Office of Court Administration (OCA)
  • Volunteers including stipend workers from the Foster Grandparent Program

The Foster Grandparent Program is a volunteer program coordinated by the New York City Department for the Aging where grandparents dedicate their time to mentoring at-risk children in various settings, including our Children Centers.

Children’s Centers Locations, Hours and Contact Information

Bronx Family Court Children's Center 900 Sheridan Ave - Room 7-90 Bronx, NY 10451 Mon. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mon. - Fri. 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 718-618-2191
Brooklyn Family Court Children's Center 330 Jay St Brooklyn, NY 11201 Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon. - Fri. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 347-401-9632
Brooklyn Criminal Court Children's Center 120 Schermerhorn Street - 8th Floor Brooklyn, NY 11201 Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 718-222-1550
Manhattan Family Court Children's Center 60 Lafayette St - 1st Floor New York, NY 10013 Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 646-386-5242
Staten Island Family Court Children's Center 51 Stuyvesant Place - 3rd Floor Staten Island, NY 10301 Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 718-442-4613
Queens Family Court Children's Center 151-20 Jamaica Ave - 1st Floor Jamaica, NY 11432 Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mon. to Fri. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 718-298-0129
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