East Side House
East Side House (ESH) was founded in 1891 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and moved to the Mott Haven section of the Bronx in 1961. Today, ESH resides in one of the poorest congressional districts in the United States, where only 10% of students attending school in Mott Haven read on grade level by third grade and 20% of the adult population has less than a ninth grade education.
It is in this environment that ESH is committed to the following mission, “…education is the key that enables all people to create economic and civic opportunities for themselves, their families and their community. We provide technology and career readiness training to enable students to improve their economic status and lead more fulfilling lives.” In an effort to work toward this mission, ESH operates comprehensive programs at 18 community sites.
For more than 50 years, East Side House has addressed educational needs in the South Bronx by providing high quality services that engage the entire family. ESH is also the community leader in a collaboration of schools, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders that have come together to ensure that children in low-income families succeed in school. This initiative, the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (CGLR), focuses on five pillars for student success: family engagement, school readiness, attendance, summer learning, and promoting teachers as leaders. Toyota Family Learning will augment the CGLR. ESH will incorporate the Toyota Family Learning components into CGLR family engagement activities and bolster ESH’s capacity to serve the whole family.