ROC the Future Alliance Names New Executive Director (press release, 2022)

Children’s Institute Publishes 24th Annual Report on Continuous Improvement in Rochester’s Pre-K System (press release, 2022)

Children’s Institute Forms Data and Science Group; Hires New Managing Director (press release, 2022)

FLPPS (Finger Lakes Performing Provider System): Expanding developmental screenings for children in the Finger Lakes region (press release, 2021)

'I am not alone': Gen Z activists unite amid COVID pandemic to confront racism, mental health (USA Today, August 2021)

‘Let Their Greatness GROW’ campaign launched by the ‘Get Ready to GROW’ collaborative (August 2021)
Links to press conference media coverage:

Children’s Institute takes screening program on the road (RBJ, September 2020)

Children’s Institute unveils GROW Bus for community screenings (September 2020)

How to address children's social, emotional, and educational needs during the pandemic (WXXI Connections, September 2020)

Children’s Institute to host ROC the Future staff (August 2020)

KidsThrive585 podcast with A. Dirk Hightower, Ph.D. (2020)

Catholic schools develop, implement social and emotional learning curriculum. (February 2020)

White stands out as leader of Children’s Institute. (January 2020)

Congressman Morelle, local advocates announce $1.5 million in funding for early childhood services. (January 2020)
Press release
WXXI news
13WHAM coverage

Children’s Institute, ROC the Future, and Afterschool Alliance Win National ‘How Learning Happens’ Grant. (September 2019)

Rochester Whole Child Health Initiative receives federal support. (September 2019)

Children's Institute welcomes new Executive Director Ann Marie White, Ed.D. Biography. (June 2019)

St. John Fisher College announces that A. Dirk Hightower, Ph.D. to be one of this year’s President’s Medal recipients. (April 2019)

Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS) invests $13.5 million in community organizations to advance healthcare system transformation. (February 2019)

Children’s Institute leader switching roles - Dirk Hightower to step down as executive director. (RBJ, January 2019)

Terry Hartmann, Director of Finance & Operations, named as 2018 Financial Executive of the Year Award finalist. (RBJ, May 2018)

Children’s Institute Receives $2.6 Million to Launch New Training and Coaching Center. (January 2018)

State Medicaid tabs Kaczorowski for child health initiative. (URMC Newsroom - July 2017)

WHEC TV 10 - RIT, GROW Rochester to provide early screening for 3-year-olds. (June 2017)

Kids & Trucks 2016 news coverage: 13WHAM TV * FOX Rochester * CW RochesterCH 8 / WROC TV. (September 2016)

Children's Institute, a partner in ROC the Future, begins free screenings for city of Rochester three-year-olds. (March 2016)
Democrat & Chronicle
WROC-TV News 8

Kids & Trucks 2015. Kids + trucks = fun. 13WHAM sponsors Kids & Trucks event. (September 2015)

Dan Draper named as 2015 ESL Jefferson Award Winner. News10NBC -- ESL Jefferson Award -- Dan Draper ProfileNews10NBC -- ESL Jefferson Award -- Above and Beyond -- Dan Draper. (April 2015)

Children’s Institute website selected as a finalist in the Rochester Business Journal's 'Best of the Web’ competition - Digital Rochester's Business Transformation Award category, RBJ. (February 2015)

Deborah Johnson, Director of National Services, named as Athena Award finalist. (D&C, October 2014)

Children’s Institute involved in workgroups for the goals identified by this community-wide initiative. (November 2014)

The 2012-2013 Children's Institute Annual Report selected as a winner in the 2014 American Inhouse Design Awards from Graphic Design USA. (May 2014)

Deborah Johnson, Director of National Services, receives the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2014 Presidential Award. (February 2014) 

Bright Spot: Amy Gee. 13WHAM News coverage. (February 2014)

Woman to Watch: Lauri Brugger. (D&C, February 2014)

United Way highlights successful area programs. (D&C, December 2013)

Boys Town Primary Project program fosters growth in Freedom Shores Elementary youth. (December 2013)

Children’s Institute to host Community Update on social-emotional development of young children in New York State. News 10 NBC coverage. (October 2013)

Rochester children benefit from high-quality pre-k. (D&C web essay, May 2013)

Non-profit teams up with firm on for-profit effort. (RBJ - April 2013)

District adopts universal approach to student social-emotional health. (Monroe County School Boards Association-News Scope - April 2013)

Boys & Girls Clubs of America discover new method to assess and evaluate after-school programs. (February 2013)

Elementary school educators gather to support student’s social and emotional learning. (October 2012)

The importance of social and emotional learning. (Monroe County School Boards Association-MCSBA-News Scope. May 2012.)

Community leaders visit child care programs to celebrate the week of the young child. (April 2012)

Church raises $50K for charities - children in the congregation direct funds. (January 2012)

New company created to provide data systems to help children – COMET Informatics LLC. (December 2011)

JPMorgan Chase and Co. supports literacy for Monroe County children. (December 2011)

Operation Kids Crafts offers creativity and support to military families. (December 2011)

National organization honors local leaders for their commitment to children. (October 2011)

M&T bank supports literacy for Rochester's young children. (June 2011)

State budget includes support for children’s social and emotional success in school. (March 2011)

JPMorgan Chase supports literacy for Monroe County children. (December 2010)

United Way to launch data evaluation system. (RBJ, May 2010)

Back to the beginning: Obesity prevention in early childhood. (Grantmakers in Health-GIH-Bulletin, May 2010)

Program to aide moms of military families. (May 2010)

BASIC works to curb children's challenging behaviors in child care. (March 2010)

New technology paints comprehensive portrait of children. (Monroe County School Boards Association-MCSBA-News Scope. February 2010)

JPMorgan Chase supports literacy for Monroe County children. (January 2010)

Elected officials honor local leaders for their commitment to children. Children's Institute Community Update. Presentation. (October 2009)

Children's Institute announces promotions. (August 2009)

Park Ridge Child Care Center achieves national accreditation. (May 2009)

Children's mental health: Nurture it every day. (D&C Speaking Out, May 2009)

Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children to hold events celebrating the month of the young child. (March 2009)

When children see the worst. (D&C Speaking Out, April 2009)

Caution: Entertainment directed at children can be detrimental to their health. (D&C Speaking Out, April 2009)

Turning tragedy into triumph. (D&C Speaking Out, April 2009)

Children’s Institute symposium to address social and emotional learning and improving children’s behavior. (November 2008)

Primary Project annual conference. (October 2008)

Prime time reality tv is no place for babies. (D&C Speaking Out, July 2008)

Play therapy summer institute in Rochester. (April 2008)

Households with kids with autism likely to earn less. (Pediatrics, April 2008)

Third annual Children's Film Festival. (April 2008)

Children's Institute honored by WRMM 101.3. Children's Institute received a $1,000 gift from the Tony and Dee Spirit Fund in recognition of its outstanding work with children who are coping with divorce. Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP). (April 2008)

New accreditation system piloted in Rochester. (February 2008)

Rochester leaders attended the Community Update December 6, 2007 to learn more about our work and partnerships which build solutions that help children.

Nationally recognized play therapist honors programs for children. (November 2007)

Children with both autism and ADHD are 4 times more likely to bully, according to parents. (Ambulatory Pediatrics, May 2007)

Psychological functioning and coping among mothers of children with autism: A population-based study. (Pediatrics, May 2007)

The White House - Helping America's Youth. Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP) listed as a Program to Help Youth.

Second annual Children's Film Festival. (March 2007)


Agency Newsletter


December 2022 - Gold Award for Team Excellence! GRQC 2022 Performance
Excellence Awards

June 2022 - Community Breakfast and Coterie Award Celebration

November 2021 - "Let Their Greatness Grow" Campaign Launched

May 2021 - Our New Strategic Framework

December 2020 - Annual Report

Spring 2020 - COVID-19 Resources for Families

Summer 2019 - Finger Lakes Performing Provider System (FLPPS) awards grant to Children’s Institute

Winter 2018 - My thoughts on stepping down as executive director...

Winter 2016 - GROW-Rochester kicks-off free comprehensive screenings for 3-year-olds in the city

Summer 2016 - Primary Project and higher education – A bridge to the future

Winter 2015 - Children's Institute's biennial Community Update and Coterie Award presentation

Spring 2015 - Children's Institute congratulates Deborah Johnson, Director of National Services, on being a finalist for the 2015 Rochester ATHENA Award

Fall 2014 - Looking Ahead: The Next Five Years at Children's Institute

Spring 2014 - Community Update & Coterie Awards

Fall 2013 - Children's Institute Gains Local, State, and National Attention with Stage of Change Approach

Winter 2013 - Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP) receives national recognition

Spring 2012 - Children’s Institute plays role in transforming the delivery of mental health care to

Fall 2011 - A targeted approach to raising quality in family child care

Spring 2011 - Primary Project: Play never goes out of style

Fall 2010 - On the path to evidence-based programs

Spring 2010 - Readiness scale gains national attention

Summer 2009 - New technology paints comprehensive portrait of children

Summer 2008 - Putting our mission to the test

Summer 2007 - Celebrating 50 years of Primary Project