• More than 2.7 million children in the United States have a parent in prison.

  • One in every 28 children in the United States have an incarcerated parent, compared to one in every 125 just 25 years ago.

  • There are more than 105,000 children, under the age of 18, with a parent in the New York State criminal justice system.

  • In New York State, 58% of incarcerated men and 73% of imprisoned women are parents to children under the age of 18.

Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) is a community based, non-profit organization, in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed Stuy) Brooklyn, whose mission is to embrace the children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system.

CPNYC offers an innovative and unique after-school program and summer day camp, the only one of its kind in New York City, specifically designed to meet the needs, interests and concerns of children left behind by parents serving time in prison.
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June 17th, 2013

ABC News Spotlights CPNYC/ Sesame Street

Last week, the makers of “Sesame Street,” the popular children’s TV show we all know and love, unveiled “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration,” an initiative aimed at families with young children who have an incarcerated parent. The announcement was made earlier at the White House as part of a “Champions of Change” event.

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December 29th, 2012

CPNYC featured on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC

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November 26th, 2012

CPNYC on CNN:The ‘silent victims’ of incarceration: Coping with parents in prison

 – The boy was scared, angry, insecure. His dad was away in prison, and the son didn’t know how to grapple with his loss.

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August 12th, 2012

CPNYC featured on ABC’s Secret Millionaire

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