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.
As a lifelong New Yorker, I am well aware of the increasing disparity in our education system. Like our founders, Joe and Carol Reich, I refuse to allow a child’s zip code to determine the quality of their education.
At Beginning with Children (BwC), we believe that every family should be able to choose the school that is the best fit for their child. We know that schools can shape a community by providing a place that is both nurturing and challenging, that offers stimulating enrichment opportunities, and makes learning fun, for everyone.
That’s what I love about BwC schools. We provide a rigorous and enriching education while truly putting the children in our community at the heart of everything we do.
As you explore our website you will see that there are so many things that set BwC schools apart and contribute to the value they bring to our community. Our students excel in all facets of academics and truly develop a love of learning. That’s what happens when you commit to “Beginning with Children.”
Thank you for interest in learning more about us and our work. I look forward to welcoming you into the BwC family.
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 children and families in underserved neighborhoods an exceptional alternative to their local school.