JCCA’s Pleasantville Campus

In 1912, the Hebrew Sheltering Guardian Society finished the construction of the first cottage-style residential school in the United States: the Pleasantville Cottage School (PCS), located on a picturesque 160-acre tract in Westchester County. PCS was widely acknowledged as a pioneering endeavor in the field of child welfare: moving youth from teeming urban orphanages to a sprawling, bucolic setting hospitable to play, peace of mind, and development of the whole person. A dozen years after its founding, PCS innovated again by establishing the nation’s first psychiatric clinic in a child welfare setting. More than a century later, the Pleasantville Cottage Campus remains vital and thriving, having added programs for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, complex trauma, and histories of commercial sexual exploitation and abuse.  

Your support will go to:

Healthy and fun enrichment programs like dance, guitar lessons, and art therapy that provide additional opportunities for our kids to heal and build self-esteem.

Supporting young people’s career and education goals through tutoring, internships, mentoring, and coaching.

Helping keep our youth active and entertained during the winter months with exciting activities like a winter carnival, brunch with Santa and a New Year’s Eve Party.

Supporting campus-wide recreational activities and events like camping trips, outdoor movie nights and carnivals.

Every donation goes directly toward real-life support for children and families in JCCA’s care. The programs and services listed above are representative examples of the assistance JCCA will be able to provide to its clients and families with each donation. JCCA reserves the right to allocate funds to where they are most needed and will have the greatest impact. For information about the event, call 212-558-9914 or email tree@jccany.org.