Michael Wiener, President & CEO of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, left, Robert Bennett, New York State Regents Chancellor Emeritus, center, and Deb Merrifield, Executive Director of Family Help Center, right, greet children after a ribbon cutting for the Children’s Center for Success grand opening at the Family Help Center in Buffalo today. Standing in back to the left is Will Keresztes, chief of student support services for Buffalo Public Schools. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)
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A daycare center specifically for at-risk children opened today on Buffalo’s East Side.

The Children’s Center for Success is a pilot project launched by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County that aims to address specific behavioral, health or educational challenges faced by at-risk youth.

Early trauma and chronic stress that these youngsters experience is a product of coming from low-income families, abusive home situations, and having absentee parents or parents with addictions, according to the center’s operators.

The Children’s Center for Success will offer special teacher attention for the children. The aim is to improve the children’s interaction with their teachers and reduce frustration among students with the aim of producing a more effective environment for learning.

The pilot program will operate out of the Family Help Center, a daycare and after school program at 60 Dingens St.

Among the other United Way partners helping launch the project are Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, the Child Care Resource Network, and Kaleida Health Early Childhood Direction Center.

Funding for the program is provided by the state Office of Children and Family Services, the John R. Oishei Foundation, the Western New York Foundation, the Health Foundation of Western & Central New York, and the United Way.

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