P.S. 142

P.S. 142

Lower East Side

Principal Daphna Gutman left a job in finance for the education sector 15 years ago. She most recently served as a teacher at a high-performing, high-poverty school - where she expanded her knowledge of effective teaching strategies, as well as learned how to foster a positive, high-achieving school culture that she later brought to P.S. 142. The team at P.S. 142 is committed to collaborating with parents and community-based organizations to design customized instruction for each child’s unique strength and needs. Change for Kids is delighted to help P.S. 142 achieve their instructional goals.

For more information, contact Executive Director Karen Epstein at kepstein@changeforkids.org.

Quick Facts 

Principal: Daphna Gutman

Lead Sponsor: RBC Capital Markets

Student Population: 366

63% of children in the surrounding community are born into poverty

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

Chess: Students learn the basics of this powerful game

Parent Workshops: Held throughout the year to support parent engagement and education

Salvadori Center: STEM-based programming for students in the fourth and fifth grade that shows the relevance of math and science using the buildings, bridges, landmarks, and parks in their local communities

Story Pirates: Creative writing and literacy support for students in Kindergarten through third grade

Leadership Support

School Manager: CFK staff member working on the ground at the school to maintain and develop the relationship with the leadership team, parents, community members, program partners and volunteers

Principal Network: Opportunities for collaboration and learning with other CFK partner school principals

Volunteer Support

Family Field Day: Fun games, dancing, and sports help kickstart healthy habits for our students and their families

Family Fun Nights: Organized around a theme, these evenings bring parents and children together to learn and have fun

School Beautification Day: Transforming the halls and classrooms by painting bright and engaging murals, organizing and cleaning teaching resources, and making the school an even more engaging place to learn

Collection Drives

School Supplies and Book Donations throughout the year

Food, Coat and Toy Donations in November and December