A group of young women led by Beth Levin Siegel met to discuss the possibility of creating a service for underprivileged children. Within a year’s time they were formally organized into the Godmother’s League, providing day nursery services to children of working mothers.
Through the generosity of Hattie Bondy, the Godmother’s League found its initial home in the Amelia Relief Society building on East 101st Street. Shortly after moving in and getting settled, they filed incorporation papers to make it official.
In response to the needs of the community, the Godmother’s League transitioned from providing care for abandoned and neglected infants and young children to serving school-age children who were emotionally vulnerable. The Godmother’s League Day Treatment Center and School was formed.
As their success in helping vulnerable children and their families grew, the organization changed its name, to more aptly reflect who they were and what they did. The Children’s Day Treatment Center and School was born.
Roland Ostrower; along with Nancy Nasr, Admissions Head, and the Board of Directors; shifted the organization and its mission from a treatment facility to an independent school—now known as West End Day School.