The history of HCZ began in 1970. The organization was then known as the Rheedlen Centers for Children and Families, New York City’s first truancy prevention program. Then, in 1991, Rheedlen was among the first organizations in the City to open a beacon center. Later, we turned PS 194 into the Countee Cullen Community Center, where we offered high-quality programming and a safe destination for local children and families to come together after school, on weekends, and during summers.
We have always believed that success was not an option, it was a must. To bring our bold vision to life, we knew that the same old attempts to solve for poverty were not going to work. Even before we officially became HCZ, we were doing pioneering work in the field.