THE COTTAGE SCHOOLS
Pleasantville Cottage School • Edenwald Center • The Center For Healing
Pleasantville START • Gateways program for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
JCCA is one of the oldest and most respected providers of residential treatment care in New York State. The Cottage Schools have been a part of the Pleasantville community since 1912. We serve 200 boys and girls at The Cottage Schools, many of whom have been the victims of abuse or neglect. The children, ages 7-21, live in 20 cottages, and are served by four distinctive programs: Pleasantville Cottage School, Edenwald Center, Pleasantville START and Gateways. The Campus has two special education schools run by the Mount Pleasant Union Free School District, a health center providing medical and dental services, a substance abuse clinic, a recreation center and gym, a swimming pool and athletic fields.
Contributing to the Community:
The Cottage Schools
JCCA has been part of the Westchester community for over 100 years and is proud to give back in various ways. Read our infographic to find out how The Cottage Schools contribute to the Mt. Pleasant and surrounding Westchester communities.
Miranda: My life. College and Ms. Fryer
Making things better in your life doesn’t always work out in your favor. There’s always something to throw you off track and you end up right back where you started. I went down a struggling path a thousand times and back. Somehow, I always succeeded in getting back up from a challenging situation. However, I managed to change my life for the better by simply making one decision, going to college. Why?
Because there is always going to be something keeping you on track. It’s called focusing on your work! But, how was I going to do that? Who was going to help me?
Residential care provides a safe, supervised, nurturing setting that is necessary to resolve our children's problems. Because of their difficulties, these children often need intensive support to learn how to become productive members of society.
Our highly-trained clinical staff and structured programs provide psychiatric care, therapy, trauma interventions, educational support, enrichment and recreational activities so that youth can fully heal. Many have MSWs and MDs. Working closely with the family, the team formulates individualized treatment plans that focus on the specific needs of each youth. The goal for these children is to provide them with safety, structure, and treatment, so that they can be reunited their families or placed with a new, loving family. We
have 552 staff on campus. Seventy-one
staff live in Pleasantville with their families.
For decades, volunteers from all over Westchester County have been helping our children. Currently, 567 locals regularly visit The Cottage Schools - many with their children. The love and encouragement of our volunteers has an enormous positive impact on the kids and the volunteer as well.
As Phyllis N., one of
our longtime volunteers wrote, “I began volunteering because I
wanted to give some love to kids who needed to be loved. I wasn’t
prepared for the overwhelming feeling of happiness that comes over me every
time I get a hug, a smile, or a thank you from one of the children in
return. The fact that my whole family is involved makes it a truly
What A Volunteer Means to Me
"My mentor means a lot to me. She's a sweet caring person who understands my problems and gives me good advice. She also makes me feel very special by coming to spend time with me, giving me smiles and giving me positive thoughts". Read more.
The Cottage Schools comprise four residential programs that serve children at severe risk:
- Pleasantville Cottage School is a program that serves children with long-term emotional and behavioral challenges.
- Edenwald Center serves children who have low IQs, autism, and other developmental disorders.
- Pleasantville START serves children who need assessment, residential treatment, and intensive intervention for a short period of time.
- Gateways serves girls who have been the victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
- The Center for Healing treats children who are the victims of sexual abuse and/or commercial sexual exploitation.