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It Takes a Village to Educate a Child, Inc.


Our Philosophy and Mission

It is our belief that every child has the capacity to excel and feel good about themselves once they discover their passion. It Takes a Village to Educate a Childwas established to address this strong belief.

Our mission is to establish programs where children with special needs work alongside their typically developing peers to enhance social skills, mold leadership qualities and boost the self-esteem of children; particularly children with High Functioning Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We nurture the self-esteem of our children by stimulating their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), enabling them to maximize their life long potential.

About Us

It Takes a Village to Educate a Child (TAVTEC) is a non-profit organization based in New Rochelle, NY (30 minutes outside of midtown Manhattan). We offer cohesive social skills and leadership development as part of our ES2TEAM Empowerment Program (Esteem Building, Science, Social Skills, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). TAVTEC believes in “educating the whole child”. We partner with school administrators, teachers and the PTA to create a seamless program that can be integrated within the school curriculum (if necessary). Our organization employs STEAM concepts to stimulate an array of interests for students to explore. We assist our children in finding their niche, with the understanding that success bolsters confidence, a healthy self-esteem and creates a sense of self-worth in ALL children.

TAVTEC’s ES2TEAM Empowerment Program operates within school buildings. The programs are available at the following elementary schools: Barnard, Ward, Trinity and Columbus.


Sonia Marshall-Brown, Founder and Executive Director







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