ELC Announcements

  • Early Learning Center

    Early Learning Center information

    Address: 372 Church St.

    Phone: 845-451-4720

    Principal: Nadine Elting-Dargan, ndargan@poughkeepsieschools.org

    Main office hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    School hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

    Enrollment: 465 (2019-2020)

    Staff: 100

    School nurse: 845-451-4720 ext. 3410


ELC Headlines

  • ELC PTA growth earns recognition

    The Parent Teacher Association at the Early Learning Center recently received the Gold Apple Membership Growth Award from the New York State PTA for exceeding 100 percent growth over last year.

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Safety Data Sheets

District News

  • Faculty, staff get health resources

    Over the past two years, the Poughkeepsie City School District has placed a major emphasis on the social and emotional needs of our student population due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • District encourages parent participation

    The Office of Community Schools is aggressively pushing for all Poughkeepsie City School District schools to organize Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs). A list for those interested in serving on school PTAs began at the district’s first Back to School Bash and is continuing at each school’s Open House. PTAs are commonplace in most schools. The district has had a few schools with emerging and strong PTAs but the prevalence of the associations is not felt throughout the district. This is something Executive Director of Community Schools Natasha Cherry is working to change. “PTAs serve as the backbone of high-level family parent engagement and have the opportunity to provide additional support and resources to the school community that assists in promoting student achievement and family involvement,” Cherry said. “It is also the easiest most effective way for staff, parents and community members to establish reciprocal relationships that improve the overall climate and culture of our schools.” Across the country, PTAs enable parents to have a greater voice in what happens in the school environment, ultimately providing voice and action to improve the learning environment for students. PTAs also link families to important school and community information and resources. PTAs have engaged in hosting educational clubs, programs and events for families and raise money to support the specific needs of the school community. The efforts of the Office of Community Schools supports the district’s commitment to engaging and empowering parents in the important work of cultivating the intellects and talents of all Poughkeepsie City School District students. Community School Liaisons have been active in engaging parents in conversation about their interest in supporting their children’s schools in different ways. “I applaud this push for all schools to have Parent Teacher Associations” shared Dr. Eric Jay Rosser, superintendent of schools. ”In my capacities in Buffalo, Atlanta, and

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  • Students gain insights during weekend college tour

    Twenty-nine Poughkeepsie High School students returned to school this week with new insights about colleges in Central New York, thanks to the Marist College Upward Bound program.

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  • Update shows construction progress

    At Wednesday’s Board of Education Workshop meeting, the quarterly Construction & Design Progress Update was provided to the Board of Education and Community.

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  • Esperanza honors two PCSD members

    Two members of the Poughkeepsie City School District were honored Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, at Esperanza Dutchess County Hispanic organization’s 12th Annual Community Service Awards Brunch.

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  • Rebranded museum looks to partner with schools

    The Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum, formerly known as the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, is looking to collaborate with and provide programming for Dutchess County’s school districts, including Poughkeepsie.

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  • Event links Latinos, resources

    Members of the Latino community are invited to Gather with Us, an event designed to introduce them to Poughkeepsie City School District and City of Poughkeepsie resources and staff.

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  • Clinton teacher returns to first classroom

    Jasmine Davidson, a first grade teacher at Clinton Elementary School, is happy to be back not only in the school she attended as a student, but the very same classroom she learned her core subjects in.

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Superintendent's Briefing