Enrichment Programming

CEI creates opportunities and programs unique to each school and each community’s needs. Our two main initiatives in enrichment programming are described below. For more information or to bring these resources to your school, contact us now!


CEI works directly with schools to help them achieve their visions for educational excellence. This takes many forms– from working in classrooms to help teachers adopt effective instructional practices to helping school leaders establish effective human capital management systems.

Project BOOST (Building Options and Opportunities for Students) is a school-based enrichment program for low- income, at-risk 4th to 12th-grade public school students. Currently, Project BOOST serves 168 public schools, including a specialized program for children with autism and a universal pre-k (UPK).

Project BOOST is designed to help these students in the upper elementary and middle school gain the skills and talents necessary to be successful in the high school. We offer a triangle of services to build the academic, cultural, social and service skills necessary for long-term student growth: academic enrichment, cultural enrichment, and community service.


Early Stages, an exciting and innovative Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) program provides underserved schools and students exposure to New York City acclaimed performing arts.

For a large majority of public schools, Early Stages provide their only arts programming. Early Stages at CEI is more than just a trip to the theater. We introduce students to a new part of the city, chaperone them through the doors of many of New York City’s most renowned performing arts venues, such as Broadway theaters, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and provide multiple opportunities for students to reflect on their own lives in this expanded context. Students have multiple opportunities to respond to the theater through workshops, discussions, and writing.

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