Beginning with Children (BwC) is a small network of free public charter schools with a big purpose, founded on our deep belief in the power of education to transform a child, a family, a community. Our network focuses on our students’ academic growth while creating nurturing and robust educational environments infused with rich art and music programming and a deep commitment to experiential learning.
Founded in 1992, Beginning with Children was a catalyst for a movement that changed the landscape of public education and has proved that success is not limited by zip-code.
In 1990, Joe and Carol Reich saw too many families in New York City without access to strong, safe, and nurturing schools in their communities.
They decided to do something. Focusing on the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the Reich’s navigated the bureaucratic labyrinth of the Department of Education, eventually establishing Beginning with Children Charter School in 1992.
Their work ignited a movement that reshaped the landscape of public education and gave families in underserved neighborhoods an alternative to their local school.