P.S. 142

Lower East Side, Manhattan

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.

Quick Facts 

Principal: Daphna Gutman

CFK Partner School since: 2016

Lead Sponsor: RBC Capital Markets

Student Enrollment: 322

88% of students identified as being in economic need*

* Economic Need Index is an estimate of the percentage of students at a school facing economic hardship
based on temporary housing, eligibility for public housing, and Census tract poverty rates. (NYC DOE)

Current Programs

Programs and Experiences

University Partnership: Providing after-school homework help and math assistance

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

Academic Enrichment Partnerships

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

New York Historical Society: Social studies curriculum that builds fourth grade students' critical thinking skills by examining, analyzing and discussing replicas of artifacts, works of arts, and maps

Community Engagement

School Beautification: 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

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

Reading Buddies Bringing volunteers into our classrooms for a morning of reading and fun

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

Payless ShoeSource is providing a pair of shoes to each student

Science Night Bringing science out of the classroom with a night of fun, educational activities.