Heart Share First Step Early Childhood Center



115-15 101st Ave

Richmond Hill, NY 11419     


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Agency Contact

Melissa Verdi

Director of Education

E-Mail: Melissa.Verdi@heartshare.org

Telephone: 718.441.5333


Nature and Purpose of Agency

Heart Share Human Services of NY is a non-profit human services agency dedicated to bettering the lives of people in need of special services and support.  Heart Share is a dynamic, caring agency serving children, adults and families city-wide.

First Step serves children with and without special needs from three to five years of age.


Tasks Available for Students

A wide variety of center-based services are available in our Preschool program for children ages three to five.  First Step serves pre-schoolers with speech and language delays, behavior disorders, developmental disabilities, physical challenges, autism, as well as typically developing children.


Time Requirements

Our program is in session Monday to Friday 8:15-1:45pm. Flexible hours during these times are available.


Student Awareness/Special Instructions

Requirements include- Department of Health Medical completed within last year( includes proof of TB test, D-TAP, MMR and physical examination);Fingerprint Clearance from the NYC Dept. of Education(there is a fee of $115 involved and students will need to travel to NYCDOE, downtown Brooklyn for the fingerprinting appointment); interview with school administration required.


Agency Directions

Public Transportation

Take the “A” train to Lefferts Blvd.  Walk 2 blocks North of the station to 101 Ave.  The school is on the corner between 116th and 115th Street.

From the Jamaica Bus terminal, take the Q8 which runs on 101 Ave to 177th street stop.


Driving Directions:

From Manhattan- Take the Grand Central Parkway to the Van Wyck Expressway South towards Kennedy Airport.  Take the Van Wyck to the Atlantic Ave. exit.  Stay on the service road of the Van Wyck to 101 Ave. and make a RIGHT.  Stay on 101 Ave. about 2 miles to the school.  School will be on the right, between 116th and 115th Street.

From Long Island- Take the Belt Parkway west towards Kennedy Airport to the Van Wyck Expressway North to Liberty Ave. exit.  Take the service Road of the Van Wyck upon exiting past Liberty Ave. to 101 ave.  Make a LEFT.  The school is about 2 miles on the Right, between 116th and 115th street.

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