Safe Sleep Brooklyn


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is partnering with Delta Children on the Safe Sleep Brooklyn Campaign.

Through this campaign, they will be educating parents on important safety tips for providing infants with a safe sleeping environment, and Delta Children will be distributing free cribs and play yards to families in need.

Please help the CHCA ( to identify families in need, but note that supplies are limited as only 18 families within the boundaries of CB8 will be selected by Monday, April 21st.  Those chosen will receive either a crib or play yard. There are nine of each available. 

First Economic Development Forum Hosted By The CB8 Economic Development Committee


First Economic Development Forum
Investing in Prospect Heights, Crown Heights and Weeksville
Date: April 24, 2014
Time: 12 noon until 6pm

Venue: 1000 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Real Estate, Opportunities and Investment in Community Board 8

  • Chris Havens, Apts & Lofts
  • Barbara Brown-Allen of Douglas Elliman
  • Cassandra Smith, Atlantic Avenue Industrial Center/Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center
  • Jonathan Berman, Investment Sales Professional, Ariel Management
  • Dave Hanold, Vice President, New York Business Development Corporation

Expanding our Culture Assets in Crown Heights

  • Tia Powell Harris, Weeksville Heritage Center
  • Philip Hawkins, President, Friends of Brower Park
  • Hanne Tienney, Five Myles
  • Andrew Steininger, Vice President, Economic Development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Regine Roumain, Haiti Cultural Exchange

Local Business Owners Speak: Challenges, Rewards, Advice

  • Albano Ballerini, Owner, Amorina, Aliseo, and The Classon
  • Kwhame Gittens, Owner, Docklands
  • Toly Dubuinsky, Franklin Park
  • Kim Ellison, Brave Insurance Consultants, Inc

Financial Literacy Workshop

For Information:
Phone: 718-467-5574 and

Financial Literacy 101


An Information Session and Presentation will be held on Thursday, APril 24th at the
Teen Challenge Center, located at 444 Clinton Ave (b/w Gates & Greene Ave) from 6:30pm to 8pm. Doors open at 6pm.

Below are the topics being covered:

  • Managing Your Money
  • Insurance Planning
  • Credit History
  • Using Credit Wisely
  • Increasing Your Credit Score

FREE Individual Credit Counseling


Charrisse Smith, Financial Credit Counselor at the Pratt Area Community Council

Albert Hinds, Financial Services Professional at the New York Life Insurance Company

For more information call (718)398-0750.

Sponsors: Ms. Olanike Alabi, the 57th A.D. Democratic Organization

Universal Pre-K Update


Subway and bus ads, PSAs and materials in nine languages urge parents to apply

Parents can apply for new options at

NEW YORK— Joining Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at a public school’s pre-K program today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major media and community organizing push urging New Yorkers to sign their children up for pre-K. The outreach campaign follows the announcement this week that the city has secured the funding necessary to expand pre-K to 53,000 children this September.

The outreach includes $300,000 of ads on bus shelters, buses and subways urging parents to register their children for pre-K, as well as public service announcements, promotions in taxicabs, robocalls to families in public housing, and a multilingual canvassing effort in partnership with community groups.

“This is about reaching parents where they live,” said Mayor de Blasio. “It’s going to take a mix of new media and old-fashioned community organizing to reach every family. From our Taxi and Limousine Commission to community groups in immigrant neighborhoods, we’re working with every partner we can find to get the word out about new pre-K options opening up. But the most important pieces of this equation are everyday New Yorkers. Talk to your family. Talk to your neighbors. Help us get the word out.”

“I and the Assembly Majority have long maintained that pre-K is the critical jumpstart our children need to be successful. I am so pleased that we have a powerful partner in Mayor Bill de Blasio, who knows that this program can be truly transformational and will provide new hope for working families and their children. It is critical that we spread the word as quickly as possible, and I look forward to working with Mayor de Blasio and his team to make this program a huge success,” said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The application deadline for public school options is April 23, and the Department of Education will notify families about public school placements in June. Families will also have an opportunity to apply for slots at community-based organizations later this spring.

The Department of Education is printing 70,000 Pre-K Expansion Guides that detail the new public school pre-K options. The guides are being mailed to 5,000 NYCHA families with eligible 4-year-olds and distributed through libraries, community partners and elementary schools. The Pre-K Expansion Guide will be translated in nine languages and available online.

For more information and updates on the pre-K application process, visit: or text “prek” to 877877.