From our roots caring for orphaned children in the 1830’s, Leake & Watts continues to positively impact the lives of more than 11,000 children, adults and families in the greater New York City metro area each year.  Leake & Watts is a not-for-profit agency committed to addressing a myriad of challenges that confront individuals and families dealing with poverty, disabilities, and a lack of access to education and basic services.   By providing support today, we are creating strong foundations for success tomorrow for children, adults and families.


Our services include:

  • Child care
  • Head Start
  • Adoption
  • Family foster care
  • Family preservation/Preventive services
  • Special education schools for children with emotional and learning disabilities
  • Early childhood education for both children with developmental disabilities and typically-developing children
  • Residential treatment for children and teens with therapeutic and educational needs
  • Community residences for individuals with autism and other cognitive disabilities
  • Recreation and respite services for children with cognitive disabilities
  • Supportive Employment and Day Habilitation Services for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Juvenile Justice Services


We are funded by the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations as well as government funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families (ACF), the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the NYS Education Department, the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS), the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE), the NYC Department of Probation, the Westchester County Department of Social Services, the Westchester County Department of Health and other local social service agencies.

Leake and Watts Services, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Middle States Association and the Better Business Bureau.


To see our programs in action and learn more about our events, visit our photo galleries on Flickr and Pinterest.