Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Cheers For Preschoolers Who Graduated From The Harlem Therapeutic Program

Preschoolers from the Emma L. Bowen Therapeutic Preschool (TPS) in Harlem held a joyous commencement ceremony to celebrate the end of a challenging but fulfilling school year!

The Bowen Center’s bilingual program TPS prepares preschoolers with developmental and emotional challenges for academic success.

TPS is one of few programs in New York City that works primarily with Black and Latino preschoolers with mental health, developmental delays autism and emotional trauma.

It provides a safe and supportive environment to help children and their families cope with Behavioral, emotional, and developmental challenges, aggression and tantrums, anxiety and depression and provides physical, occupational and speech therapy.

The primary goal of TPS is to help the children overcome their challenges and prevent the need for additional restrictive levels of educational support. 


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Parents and family members were joined by special guest Dr. Ann Sullivan, NYS Commissioner of the Office of Mental health, and Bowen Center staff, as the children sang songs and collected their graduation certificates. 

Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center

The Bowen Center provides provided accessible mental health, addiction treatment, and supportive services to the Harlem community and beyond from one convenient location.

Our array of programs and services include a therapeutic preschool for children with behavioral and developmental issues; outpatient mental health services for children and adolescents; programs for adults & seniors dealing with mental health and addiction recovery challenges; a Clubhouse program that provides support for its seriously mentally ill members and provides training to enable individuals to return to work and constructively participate in the community; a care management team that provides advocacy and services to clients and home-bound individuals; a 20-bed residential addiction recovery facility (located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan), and a food pantry program that provides more than 6,700 packages of emergency food relief monthly to individuals who are experiencing financial difficulties.

The Emma L. Bowen Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization established in 1986 and licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York State Office of Mental Health, NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and New York State Department of Education.

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