About the Children's Home of Kingston

The mission of The Children’s Home of Kingston is to provide a safe, healthy, supportive, educational and therapeutic environment for youth and families to strengthen their ability to make positive choices. 

The Wellness Committee, a sub-committee of the Health and Safety Committee, is committed to providing a school and living environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity including lifelong, healthy decision-making. The agency will promote student wellness by providing opportunities for good nutrition and physical activity, in its educational programs, school activities, after school activities, and meal program.

The Wellness Policy is to ensure that all students and staff in the agency have access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn and thrive, recognizing that healthy eating and physical activity are essential to achieve their academic and physical potential, optimal mental growth and lifelong health and well-being.


“Promoting lifelong health”

The vision statement was created with careful consideration of the pre-existing agency Core Values listed below:

The Children’s Home of Kingston and Grove Street Academy meet the changing needs of our community with courageous programming consistent with State Standards and mindful of best learning practices. Each student enjoys an enriching experience while mastering the skills and knowledge to reach his or her maximum potential. We educate our students to become self-directed learners, complex thinkers, collaborative workers, quality producers, community contributors, and ethical decision-makers.


Quality Education Includes:
  • Safety and Health: Students and staff need a healthy and safe environment.
  • Resources: A successful educational and residential program requires appropriate facilities, equipment and materials.
  • Respect: We respect and honor the dignity and worth of ourselves, others, and our environment.
  • Responsibility: Each person is responsible for what he or she says and does.
  • Courage: Courage is required to grow, change, take risks, and make commitments.
  • Integrity: Personal integrity develops as one attends to and becomes increasingly ethical in one’s speech and actions. Adults model this process.
  • Whole Child: In order for students to be successful, their emotional, social, physical, and academic needs must be met.
  • Collaboration: The education of our students is a process involving the entire educational and residential communities; students, teachers, administrators, non-instructional staff, families, and the community at large.
  • Student Achievement: Continuous growth and improvement occur when there is use of best practices, an articulated/aligned curriculum and pertinent data.
  • Recognition: Acknowledging and celebrating successes, large and small, nurtures growth and a sense of community.