Linking New York City with the northern counties, the Central Westchester Catholic School Region is building strong foundations for students from Pelham Manor to Port Chester. Read More
This past September, the Central Westchester Region received a $2.2 million grant from New York State for Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) in Yonkers, the third largest such grant in the State. This unique opportunity in Yonkers, along with UPK programs in two other Catholic schools, has enabled the region to provide a strong academic start for nearly 300 UPK children.
Additionally, more than 150 students throughout the region are enjoying the life-transforming benefits of a Catholic education as a result of new regional scholarships.
In November 2013, Catholic school communities from across the region joined fellow students, parents and teachers from other Westchester schools, along with legislators and other faith-based organizations at a rally to support New York State’s proposed Education Investment Tax Credit bill. Participation in the rally – which was held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains and drew 5,000 attendees in total – is just one example of how the archdiocese continues to support passage of this critical legislation, which would boost revenue for both New York’s public and non-public schools.
In an effort to better meet the instructional needs of students, the Central Westchester Region has started to introduce differentiated learning in all Catholic elementary schools in the region, supported by in-service training of teachers by professional development coaches. This allows teachers to develop personalized instruction for students based on their individual strengths and abilities, maximizing effective learning and ensuring every student reaches his or her fullest potential.
That potential includes, in a special way, a student’s faith formation.
“There’s a philosopher that once said ‘all education is religious,’ and that’s true because it opens our minds to the wonder and beauty of the earth, the mystery of God…Catholic education opens that in a very particular way,” says Monsignor Dennis Keane, Pastor of Holy Family Parish in New Rochelle and a member of the Regional Board of Trustees. “The Catholic school, like the Catholic Church, is really in so many communities, the anchor of the community.”