Our children’s programs are usually held during the school year and take place in Ringwood and West Milford. Funding cuts have made it difficult to expand these activities for children with disabilities.
If you would like more information, please call 973-728-8744.
H.E.L.P.S. (Helping Early Language and Play Skills)
HELPS offers a Toddler group in Ringwood on Friday mornings for young children with special developmental needs between 18 -36 months. The little ones are involved in activities that improve their social, physical and communication skills s while parents/caregivers meet in a group with our social worker. They share information on parenting, learn about preschool and develop friendships that last beyond the program. HELPS is possible because of the wonderful collaboration we have with the Center for Family Resources.
Parents comments on HELPS:
“My child loves the group and can’t wait to come.”
“Because of HELPS, my son was ready for regular preschool.”
“I learned so much from the parent group that will help me later on.”
Boost Tutoring program
Boost Tutoring program gives children with special needs a “boost” in learning. One on one sessions are held 3-4 Saturdays a month in West Milford. The child and a volunteer tutor work on school assignments, reading, math, and organizational skills. A special education teacher coordinates and supervises the sessions.
Children with special needs and their siblings have a great time one Saturday a month doing both indoor and outdoor activities at Camp Hope in West Milford. They do arts and crafts, games, stories, nature activities and surprise activities with two special education teachers, camp staff and community volunteers. While the youngsters are having fun, their parents meet in a group to discuss special education and school issues with an ASCF Parent Consultant. Kids Club is co-sponsored with the Passaic County Camp Hope Commission.
Sports for Special Children
Youngsters with special needs have fun participating in Indoor Soccer in the Fall and Basketball in the Spring. The coaches are special education teachers who are excellent with the children who are divided into two age groups. Typical siblings and peers of the same age group may participate.