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By Forum Staff
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced on Monday that he has secured $50,000 for the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center so that the facility can expand its“Mommy & Me” services.
According to Ulrich, the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center has been running their free “Mommy & Me” program for more than 15 years, serving Richmond Hill and surrounding communities. The program is sponsored through both City and State grants, including funding from Ulrich’s office. The program typically consists of parents and/or caretakers for children 1 to 3 years of age. Prior to the pandemic, the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center’s “Mommy & Me” program took place twice a week, offering two one-hour sessions per day, at its facility located at 110-08 Jamaica Ave. Each family received a one-hour session per week at no-cost.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center has been forced to halt its face-to-face “Mommy & Me” classes. It has transitioned its classes to be available online through the Zoom app. The teachers and participants are still able to engage in circle time songs with props and puppets, musical instruments “virtual” parade, gym activities and story time reading, Ulrich noted.
“I am proud to partner with One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center to provide much-needed funds, especially during these difficult times,” Ulrich added. “The One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center has been a staple in our community for over a decade, offering valuable, no-cost educational services to parents across the borough. I’d like to thank the entire ‘Mommy & Me’ team for all their great work, and for adapting to the community’s needs during these uncertain times.”
The online “Mommy & Me” sessions are still available to anyone in the community who may be interested in participating. The program will continue to run through the end of September.