Parents with concerns about their child’s development (ages 2.75 to 5) request an evaluation through their school district. Our team of therapists can conduct complete evaluations. We provide you and your school district with written reports and will attend CPSE scheduled meetings that will determine what services, if any, your child is eligible to receive.
The Special Needs Department offers a variety of programs, a caring and experienced staff, and a nurturing environment for children 3-6 years of age. The programs best serve children who have delays in communication, motor and/or social development. The “Toward Tomorrow Pre-School Program” is licensed by the New York State Department of Education.
Children in Toward Tomorrow State Funded Programs, private Learning Circle and those who need IEP mandated therapies (including children enrolled in the JCC Nursery School and other nursery schools) are able to receive speech therapy, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT) and/or counseling services (individual or social skills groups.) OT and/or PT are provided in our new state of the art sensory gym with suspended equipment and fine motor activity centers.
We are a licensed SEIT provider and have a special education teacher who can work with your child in his/her nursery school as mandated by your child’s IEP or on a private pay basis.
Private and state funded half-day (8:45-11:15am/12 noon or 11:15am/12 noon-2:30pm) options are available for children 2 1/2-6 years of age. Integrated programs (ages 3-12 years) are available through Camp Gadol with specially trained staff.
The JCC offers a Sunday morning enrichment in social skills program that includes social skills, theater, art, music, sports and more; a Sunday afternoon Tai Chi class, a new Wednesday Dance Therapy class, and a new Saturday Dance/Art/Theater based program. These programs are appropriate for children with ADHD, speech/language delays, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder or any social and emotional problems. Sibling work-shops are also available. For more details, click here.
|Beth Beir||MA, Speech and Language Pathologist|
|Kristen Best||MPT, Physical Therapy|
|Robin Fillhart||MPT, Physical Therapist|
|Lana Khaykin Hiken||M.S., Occupational Therapist|
|Nancy Kaplan||M.A. R.N., Director|
|Barbara Kearney||M.S. Psychologist|
|Jane Kersting||M.A. Speech/Language Pathologist|
|Catherine Klein||Special Education Support Services Director|
|Paula Krenkel||M.A. Director
Speech/Language Pathologist & Therapy Director
|Jane Lacey||M.S., Evaluation Coordinator|
|Ivy Marcus||M.A. Speech/Language Pathologist|
|Eileen Markowitz||M.A. Occupational Therapist|
|Judith Matos||M.A. Occupational Therapist|
|Susan Matos||R.N., Nurse|
|Charley Moskowitz||L.M.S.W., Enrichment Program Director|
|Jill Miller||M.S., Occupational Therapist|
|Christa Russo||B.S. Occupational Therapist|
|Maria Schiavone||Related Services Coordinator|
|Nancy Schiff||L.M.S.W., Social Worker|
|Randi Seid||Data Analysis Director|
|Janet Stevens||M.A., Speech/Language Pathologist|
|Martin Stone||M.A., SEIT|
Nancy Kaplan, RN, Director
Nancy joined the Toward Tomorrow staff in 1993. She has over 30 years of experience working with children, including nursing, camp health director and health research. In addition she has taught pediatric nursing as well as health courses for teachers at the bachelor and master college level. She is a member of a regional task force on people with disabilities. Nancy has a B.S. from University of Bridgeport and an M.A. from New York University.
Martin Stone, SEIT Director
Having worked as a classroom teacher, SEIT, and administrator, Marty brings a full range of experience to our program.
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