Harlem Children's Zone


Doing Whatever it Takes


The Harlem Children’s Zone is a non-profit organization for poverty-stricken children and families living in Harlem, providing free support in the form of parenting workshops, a pre-school program, three charter schools, and child-oriented health programs for thousands of children and families.

We are committed to doing all we can to seek out and support the most disenfranchised residents of the Zone, going door to door, building by building, block by block.

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Our HR team strives to offer support and information to applicants, employees and the community in an efficient, responsive and courteous manner. We are committed to the recruitment, hiring, training and retention of the highest quality professionals to educate and serve our diverse student population.  




Our goal is simple—to give our kids the individualized support they need to get to and through college and become productive, self-sustaining adults. Realizing this goal is difficult and complex, particularly since we are working with over 12,000 youth, many of them with tough challenges.


We track 600 goals each year and are constantly gathering data and reviewing our results to ensure that our kids stay on track toward the ultimate goal—college graduation.


We are partnering deeply with the community, working together to revitalize the neighborhood, make sure the needs of our children and families are met, and build a culture of success.

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Opened in 2004, HCZ Promise Academy serves over 1,500 children in two elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Each year, more students and grades are added to Promise Academy I and II with plans ultimately to reach over 2,000 children. The academic year consists of 210 days of school, an increase over the 180 days required by law, which includes a 25-day mandatory summer program. The academic day runs from 8:00am to 4:00pm, approximately 20% longer than the vast majority of area public schools. Our schools consistently enforce a rigorous code of conduct and dress code, and emphasize personal relationships among students, teachers, and families.


HCZ’s Values are a critical part of our culture and model for success to ensure we provide the best programs and supports to the children and families we serve. The below six Values work together and balance each other, guiding how we behave and make decisions across the organization. 

  • Children First
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Strategic Relentlessness
  • Army of Love
  • Best Selves to Best Serve



Harlem Children’s Zone  

35 East 125th St.
New York, NY 10035


School Hours

M-F: 8am – 4pm
Weekends: Closed




Having worked with the Harlem Children’s Zone® for more than 30 years, Geoffrey Canada is renowned around the world for his pioneering work helping children and families in Harlem, and as a thought leader and passionate advocate for education reform.

Under Mr. Canada’s visionary leadership, HCZ has become a national model and the subject of significant media attention.  Mr. Canada and HCZ have been featured in the documentary Waiting for “Superman,” as well as on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson Cooper 360°, Black in America 2, The Charlie Rose Show, This American Life, and in articles in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The Associated Press. In 2008, Houghton Mifflin published Whatever It Takes, by Paul Tough, a detailed look at the work of Mr. Canada and HCZ.

Geoffrey Canada


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Location: 35 East 125th St., New York, NY 10035

Telephone: 212-360-3255

School Hours: M-F: 8am – 4pm


It is the policy of Harlem Children’s Zone to provide equal opportunity for all individuals in education and employment. The Board prohibits, at any district school or school activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, targeted at any student by anyone, based on the student’s actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, ethnicity, age, religion, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal Code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (Board Policy 5145.3 and 4030 through 4032).