We work with kids to help them keep up with their studies and stay connected with the classroom while they are being treated at Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone.
Certified New York State school teachers are on-site to help patients keep up with their studies. Our educators teach students in grades kindergarten through 12, help them with schoolwork, and proctor exams such as state Regents tests. Our teachers also help to coordinate home instruction for children who are not well enough to attend school on a daily basis.
Transitioning back to school after a long illness can be difficult. Children and teenagers often have questions and concerns about how their friends and classmates may respond to their diagnosis and treatment. Our School Re-Entry Program helps children become comfortable with their cancer story.
We teach them how to narrate their experience and take ownership of it, and in the process we help them build confidence and take pride in all they’ve accomplished. We do this through individual counseling, as well as classroom presentations and meetings with school administrators, teachers, or nurses.
The School Re-Entry Program is designed to take part at any time during a child or adolescent’s illness. We can meet with the school after an initial diagnosis, before returning to school, or after the completion of treatment.
Tutors are available to help students keep up with their academic goals and provide extra help with exams and school projects. Our tutors are retired or former teachers who volunteer their time to work with patients who need extra one-on-one help.
Thanks to partnerships with institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Audubon Society, we are able to provide special enrichment programs to children undergoing treatment.
These sessions bring the field trip experience to the hospital through interactive and hands-on programs that teach children about topics such as beekeeping, art history, and bird habitats. Many programs are aligned with the Common Core curriculum, the academic standards in place nearly nationwide, and spark interesting discussions between children and experts alike.
Patient Library and Education Center
The Patient Library and Education Center at the Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders is a library for children and their family members to find the information needed to make informed choices about healthcare.
The center is staffed by a medical librarian or educator who is a member of a patient’s integrated healthcare team and assists patients and families in finding accurate, current, and understandable information related to a child’s diagnosis and treatment. We aim to give parents the information they need to ask their healthcare team the right questions.
The librarian meets with patients and families to help answer their health and wellness questions. The library’s collection and mission support our goals of promoting health, wellness, education, and resilience among children and their loved ones.
We provide quality healthcare information resources that help families make informed decisions. Our resources include books, magazines, brochures, databases, and electronic resources.