• More than 2.7 million children in the United States have a parent in prison.

  • One in every 28 children in the United States have an incarcerated parent, compared to one in every 125 just 25 years ago.

  • There are more than 105,000 children, under the age of 18, with a parent in the New York State criminal justice system.

  • In New York State, 58% of incarcerated men and 73% of imprisoned women are parents to children under the age of 18.

Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) is a community based, non-profit organization, in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed Stuy) Brooklyn, whose mission is to embrace the children of incarcerated parents and empower them to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system.

CPNYC offers an innovative and unique after-school program and summer day camp, the only one of its kind in New York City, specifically designed to meet the needs, interests and concerns of children left behind by parents serving time in prison. 

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March 3rd, 2016


We are always excited to share news reflecting the impact of our mission with partners and supporters, and how our work is continually reaching new audiences. In March CPNYC will be featured in a compelling segment on Women in Prison from “America Tonight,” Al Jazeera America’s award-winning news program.This behind-the-scenes-look at the organization, and the […]

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January 14th, 2016

New Yorker Presents

New Yorker Presents series featuring CPNYC, From award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, Amazon Prime Video presents a groundbreaking new series that brings America’s most award-winning magazine, The New Yorker, to the screen with documentaries, short narrative films, comedy, poetry, animation, and cartoons from the hands of acclaimed filmmakers and artists. Produced by Jigsaw Productions […]

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December 28th, 2015

Saving black children from suicide

An increase in suicide among black children has alarmed mental health professionals – and thrown light on issues that may have been overlooked when treating trauma in the young. Journalist Krishana Davis talks to those on the front line.

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December 14th, 2015

Hundreds of children in Bedford-Stuyvesant received some very special gifts Saturday

Hundreds of children in Bedford-Stuyvesant received some very special gifts Saturday. All of the 250 children who received two free gifts during the event have at least one parent who is in jail, or had previously been incarcerated. The event was sponsored by the organizations Toy Industry Foundation and Children of Promise, NYC.

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November 2nd, 2015

Yonkers Resident Readies Herself To Tackle Seventh New York Marathon

Karen Rivera-Filippi. is about to run her seventh New York City Marathon. The Yonkers resident and avid runner said years ago, she was obsessed with crossing the race off her “bucket list” but continues to return to it year after year because it’s “the biggest party in New York and it’s an amazing, magical race.” […]

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October 28th, 2015

Children Of Promise, NYC Aims To Restore Relationships Between Children And Their Incarcerated Parents – VIBE

The children were five, eight and 10 years old when their father went to prison. He was handed a lengthy sentence due to his involvement with a kidnapping and his Latin Kings affiliation.

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October 23rd, 2015

CPNYC Hit: CUNY TV “Eldridge & Co.”

Sharon Content, founder and president, of Children of Promise, NYC brings sharp reality to our attention: two and a half million children – and in New York State – around 105,000 children currently have a parent serving time.”

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October 8th, 2015

Sharon Content’s, CPNYC Founder & President, interview on WNBM-FM 103.9’s “In Focus” with Marc Clarke

“In Focus” airs Sundays at 7 a.m. The show, hosted by Marc Clarke, takes a dynamic approach at analyzing all sides so the listener has a full picture of the matters that effect their families and community. Tune in to analyze and discuss topics with the top newsmakers and community leaders in the region. We’re […]

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September 10th, 2015

The IWantHerJob.com online story highlighting Sharon Content, CPNYC Founder & President

Almost 3 million children living in the United States have a parent currently serving a prison sentence. As chief operating officer of a Boys & Girls Club of America affiliate servicing over 3,000 at-risk youth in the South Bronx, Sharon Content saw a need for specialized support for kids experiencing the trauma and social stigma […]

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August 25th, 2015

Sherri Shepherd Hosts “Children of Promise” In Harlem – Harlem World

By Dontré L. Conerly Bolstered by their success in Brooklyn, and an overwhelming need of their services in Harlem, Children of Promise, NYC tapped TV personality, Sherri Shepherd, to announce the non-profit’s expansion into Harlem, in a fundraising gala which attracted Harlem’s most well-heeled donors.

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August 19th, 2015

THE G-SCENE: Sherri Shepherd Hosts Children Of Promise NYC’s Celebration Of Expansion

Actress/comedienne Sherri Shepherd hosted Children of Promise NYC’s celebration of its services expansion in a soiree that took place in Harlem’s MIST event space a few days ago.

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August 17th, 2015

Kids With Parents In Prison Often Deal With Untreated Trauma – Buzzfeed News

Millions of American kids have an incarcerated parent, which can trigger PTSD, depression, and other mental health disorders. A unique Brooklyn organization is trying to help, one family at a time.

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July 21st, 2015

CPNYC Article Featured on The Chronicle of Social Change‏

From a cellblock at El Reno Federal Penitentiary in Oklahoma last Thursday, President Barack Obama, the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, spoke of his hope that his proposed criminal justice reforms will, among other positive outcomes, “perhaps most importantly, keep families intact.”

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July 10th, 2015

Program helps kids of incarcerated parents in NYC

Watch the coverage of CPNYC on PIX 11 Newscast        

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June 24th, 2015

Center for Children of Jailed Parents Gets New $40,000 Playground

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Children of imprisoned parents have a new safe haven to call their own thanks to the donation of a $40,000 playground to a Brooklyn nonprofit. National food chain Wingstop teamed up with the Brooklyn Nets on Monday to construct a custom play area for the Children of Promise

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June 24th, 2015

Kids of incarcerated parents get their own playground

A new playground was built to ensure that the children of incarcerated parents have a space of their own to play outdoors. Brooklyn-based nonprofit Children of Promise, NYC is behind the new Bedford-Stuyvesant play area,

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June 24th, 2015

Nets, Markel Brown helping community build new, secure playground

The Nets will join Children of Promise NYC (CPNYC), KaBOOM! and Wingstop for a community build day on Monday to construct a new, $40,000 custom playground at CPNYC’s Brooklyn facility

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June 24th, 2015

Kids With Incarcerated Parents Find Support, Encouragement With This Brooklyn Program

The United States’ incarcerated population — the largest in the world — is at the heart of several national debates: People argue about the economic burden

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June 20th, 2015

2015 TCS NYC Marathon

By running for a cause with Children of Promise, NYC. Join the CPNYC team of runners and support our children.  All funds raised will go directly toward program support and much needed therapeutic supplies and interventions.

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June 8th, 2015

Sharon Content Honored at the 2015 Brooklyn Women’s of Distinction Awards

Honoring the woman who have shaped the borough. To view the Brooklyn Women’s of Distinction Awards 2015 click HERE    

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May 19th, 2015

Sharon Content, CPNYC’s Founder & President, in Amalgamated Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility Video

Read the full article Here, or check out Amalgamated Banks Mission and Support in our neighborhood.

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August 14th, 2014

CPNYC invited as part of NYC’s bid to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016!

CPNYC invited by the Brooklyn Nets & Barclays Center to represent Brooklyn as part of NYC’s bid to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016!

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December 29th, 2012

CPNYC featured on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC

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November 26th, 2012

CPNYC on CNN:The ‘silent victims’ of incarceration: Coping with parents in prison

 — The boy was scared, angry, insecure. His dad was away in prison, and the son didn’t know how to grapple with his loss.

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August 12th, 2012

CPNYC featured on ABC’s Secret Millionaire

Missed episode of “CPNYC featured on ABC’s Secret Millionaire” watch the highlights~!

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