P.S. 81

Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

At P.S. 81 the motto is "Team Work Makes the Dream Work.” Once you meet any one of the school’s dedicated teachers, students, parents or staff, you’ll understand why. With the majority of the school's 308 students living in housing projects or homeless shelters and new students arriving every day, the team at P.S. 81 regularly goes above and beyond to help each child reach their potential. We are thrilled to be a part of the team which makes the P.S. 81 dream work.

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

Quick Facts 

Principal: Cheryl Ault-Barker

Lead Sponsor: HarperCollins Publishers

Student Population: 308

5 public shelters surround the school

70% of children in the community are born into poverty

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

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

Early Childhood Music: Music fundamentals, plus skill-based vocal and instrumental instruction provided by Third Street Music School Settlement for all students in PreK through second grade

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

Leadership Support

School Manager: CFK staff member working on the ground at the school to develop and maintain relationships 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

Career Day: Introduces students to new educational and professional experiences so they can chart a path to their futures

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

Hackley Partnership: Volunteers from Hackley School donate their time and skills to run arts and sports clinics for students

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

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