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It Takes a Village to Educate a Child (TAVTEC) is a non-profit organization based in New Rochelle, NY.  We offer cohesive social skills and leadership development along with STEAM empowerment to “educate the whole child”.  We work closely with the school administrators, teachers and PTA to create a seamless program that can be integrated with the school curriculum (if necessary). We employ STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) concepts to stimulate an array of interests for students to explore. We assist our children in finding their niche, with the understanding that success bolsters confidence, a healthy self-esteem and creates a sense of self-worth in ALL children.

Our trusted, highly trained team work to assist students in development and maintenance of social skills, leadership and ultimately, new found friendship(s).


To establish programs where children with special needs work alongside their typically developing peers to enhance social skills, mold leadership qualities and boost the self-esteem of children; particularly children with High Functioning Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We nurture the self-esteem of our children by stimulating their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), enabling them to maximize their life long potential.


It is our belief that every child has the capacity to excel and feel good about themselves once they discover their passion. It Takes a Village to Educate a Child was established to address this strong belief. We provide opportunities for children to develop their social and leadership skills while building a healthy self-esteem. We focus on discovering and building on our children’s interests and abilities.


Sonia Marshall-Brown, the founder, was inspired by her son’s experiences to create programs to address the fact that many children struggle with their social-emotional development because they lack meaningful relationships with their peers. “Strong social relationships support mental health, and that ties into better immune function, reduced stress and less cardiovascular activation,” says Dr. Debra Umberson, a sociologist at the University of Texas, Austin.

Her son’s challenges led to a myriad of socialization hurdles; however, Sonia noticed that when he was playing with a “high interest activity” such as Legos or technology, he could focus for an extended period of time. This was the catalyst that led to It Takes a Village to Educate a Child (non-profit entity). The goal of the organization is to use high interest STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) to teach children social and leadership skills, while simultaneously engaging them in their core subjects. Through exploration and positive experiences, students are able to gain confidence and a healthy self-esteem that will permeate all areas of their life.