The Lawrence F. Hickey Center For Child Development


Lawrence F. Hickey Center



Located at 4010 Dyre Avenue, the “Little Red Schoolhouse” was built in 1877 as a two-room public school (P.S. 15) and has always been known in the community by this name. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 1981.

The Lawrence F. Hickey Center is a NYS Education Department approved 4410 special education preschool which is also licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health as a Children’s Day Treatment Program.  Also known as “The Little Red Schoolhouse”, the center is named after Lawrence F. Hickey. Mr. Hickey was a board member and a dedicated supporter of Astor and our mission, who was instrumental in acquiring and renovating the school in 1992.

No one will be denied access to services due to their inability to pay. A discounted/sliding fee schedule is available based on family size and income.

We serve children:

Children attend a 12 month, 5 hour day in a center-based, self-contained classroom with a classroom ratio of 8 students to each one teacher and two teacher’s aides.

Our goals at the Hickey Center

Services Provided 


Intake Procedure

Referrals approved by the Committee on Preschool Education are accepted from:

Each child will receive a comprehensive evaluation at no cost to the family

Each family will meet with a school psychologist, a special educator, and a social worker to assess the strengths and needs of the child and family

Each child will receive Speech, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy evaluations  


Contact Us

Celesta Parisi, M.Ed., SBL, Principal
Tel: (718) 515-3000, ext. 101 
Email: Please use our Program Contact Form »

More Information

Program brochure (PDF file)

Folleto del programa (archivo PDF)


Learn about Astor's other Bronx Community-based programs:

  1. Care Management 
    Ensures appropriate access and service management via care coordination and service integration.
  2. Counseling Centers 
    Provides counseling, psychiatric services and case management to children and adolescents, and their families.
  3. Day Treatment
    A school-based intensive treatment program that integrates mental health and special education services for students grades K — 8. 
  4. High Fidelity Wraparound
    Evidence-based care coordination that uses a highly structured, team-based, family-centered approach.
  5. Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development (Little Red School House)
    Special education therapeutic preschool
  6. Prevention Services
    Time-limited, evidence-based model that utilizes a home-based approach to address both the concrete and clinical needs of the child and the family.
  7. Residential Programs
    The Residential Treatment program is a therapeutic out-of-home placement serving children aged 5–13 who have emotional challenges that exceed community-based interventions. The program is located in Rhinebeck, NY, and accepts children from all counties of New York State.
    Residential Treatment Center
    Residential Treatment Facility
  8. School-Based Behavioral Health Treatment (SBBHT) 
    Services provided to schools in New York City.
  9. Serving Youth iN Their Communities (SYNC)
    Through supportive skill-building and clinical services, SYNC helps to build a strong foundation so that youth and families can be active and productive members of their communities
  10. Transitions 
    Provides services to school-aged youths, 4-18 years old, who exhibit behavioral difficulties in order to promote academic stability and successful promotion to the next grade level.