In our last post, we announced that Bitty City Players is becoming a nonprofit! Our Executive Director, Caroline Patterson, shares why this next chapter will be the best yet.
Caroline here. I hope that you and your families are hanging in there. It’s been a rough year for all of us, and one of the roughest parts for me personally has been not being able to spend time, in person, with most of our Bitty City community. I MISS YOU! The Bitty City teachers and I miss the smiles and the discoveries, the eagerness to show off projects, the hugs and personalized drawings.
We miss facing challenges with you too - figuring out how to share, dusting off after a fall, sorting through the emotions of a hard day, and solving problems big and small.
But most of all, I miss sharing programming that has made a positive difference in the lives of many children, families, and teachers in New York City.
As I adapted our work to be online and outdoors, I also spent a lot of time looking inwards. I asked myself - and my teachers and community members, including some of you - about the core values of our work. I meditated on what is meaningful to us as educators and as human beings. And I wondered how to make some lemonade out of these pandemic lemons.
Our answer, so far, is that we want to provide programming that is accessible. We want Bitty City to be a resource for young children of NYC and their families and teachers, especially those who have limited access to enrichment opportunities. So how will we do this?
The very short version is: we are starting a nonprofit!
This change will allow us to:
We are so excited to go on this journey with you, and would love to hear your feedback. What do YOU need from us? Please share your questions and ideas with us in the comments or at email@example.com.
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Most importantly, stay safe and healthy.
Let’s crush these lemons!
We have some exciting news to share: Bitty City Players is in the process of becoming a nonprofit! We are extremely proud and excited to start this new journey and look forward to sharing more soon.
In the meantime, we thought it was time to reintroduce Bitty City Players and the woman behind the scenes.
Meet Our Founder!
Executive Director & Creative Director Caroline Patterson helped to establish Bitty City Players in 2011.
An actor and education professional, Caroline knows that engaging in hands-on, brains-on, put-your-whole-self-in activities is the best way to connect to kids and get them excited about what they're learning. She deeply believes that dramatic play and sensory work are the most effective educational tools with young children. So we incorporate both into our innovative curricula!
Now, 10 years since our founding, we’re excited for Bitty City Players’ next step. As a nonprofit, we’ll be able to reach more kids in the New York City area with dynamic, fun programs.
Thanks for being with us as we embark on this new journey!