Schools, Camps, and Alternative Programs

View a listing of schools and alternative programs below. View a list of camps here.


Learn to Babysit for Children with Special Needs

This is a five-week course created to help teens learn to babysit for children with special needs. Teens will be trained and certified in CPR and First Aid, with additional topics including: disability awareness, rights and responsibilities, child development and behavioral challenges, communicating with the child with special needs, modifying games/activities, handling emergencies, and more. A list of teens that have completed the course can then be shared with families in the community seeking childcare. For more information contact Becca at (973) 929-3129 or rwanatick@jfedgmw.org.

Learn to Babysit for Children with Special Needs (PDF)

Schools (Early Childhood, Congregational and Day Schools)

Many schools and congregations in Greater MetroWest offer school services for children with special needs. Please contact each individual Early Childhood Center, Congregational School, Day School or Alternative Community Program directly to find out more about their particular services. Click on the links below for downloadable lists in PDF format.

Greater MetroWest Madrichim Shadow Training Program 
The Greater MetroWest Madrichim program is a shadow training component that reaches out to area synagogues and recreational programs. This program provides training for teens to support a child with special needs one on one in a religious school or recreational setting, creating opportunities for all individuals to participate fully in Jewish experiences. For more information on the program, contact Rebecca Wanatick, Community Inclusion Manager, at rwanatick@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3129.

Early Childhood Schools (PDF)
Congregational Schools (PDF)
Day Schools (PDF)


Jewish Camps

Many children with special needs in MetroWest attend public school or private secular programs. For these children, a Jewish summer camp experience is the perfect opportunity to socialize with peers and become immersed in an environment filled with Jewish identity and culture. For those students in day school programs during the year, Jewish summer camp is a wonderful chance to live the Jewish life they have been learning about with a wonderful community of peers. Jewish camp enables campers to explore their Judaism in new and different ways in the beautiful outdoors. There are many camp options for children with special needs, ranging from inclusive programs to self-contained programs within broader camps as well as camps specifically for children with special needs. View list of camps here.

Teen Ruach

Greater MetroWest ABLE would like to introduce the first ever Wae Center  Teen Ruach program. This program is offered to all post Bar/Bat Mitzvah teens with special needs. The program will include musical prayer service, art making, and most importantly forming connections with one another through prayer and our relationship with the divine. For more information on the program, contact Rebecca Wanatick, Community Inclusion Manager at rwanatick@jfedgmw.org or (973) 929-3129.

Alternative Programs

The following programs offer additional alternatives to those already being offered in our synagogues and community schools.


Ma’ayan Program
alee@tewnj.org

Ma’ayan’s goal is to ensure that a Jewish education is accessible to every child. We are committed to helping Jewish families provide their children with a Jewish education and fulfill their dreams of seeing their child called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Participation in the Ma’ayan program is sufficient to fulfill the requirements for Bar/Bat Mitzvah. However, families may use Ma’ayan to supplement their child’s existing religious education program at another synagogue. For more information, please contact Abra at (908) 232-6772 or email alee@tewnj.org.


WAE (Wellness, Arts and Enrichment) Center
www.waecenter.org
(973) 272-7149

The WAE (Wellness, Arts and Enrichment) Center provides daily programming for adults with developmental disabilities based on the belief that learning, spirituality, and creativity are a lifelong journey. 

The WAE Center Chavurah Program is a Jewish experience program for adults with developmental disabilities, ages 18 and up. The Chavurah meets the second Sunday morning of each month from 10-12, incorporating art, music, and Jewish life experiences. 


Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest New Jersey
www.jvsnj.org
(973) 674-6330

Jewish Vocational Service of NJ provides comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities age 14 through adulthood. Those served include individuals with emotional, physical, neurological, developmental, visual, and hearing disabilities. Specialized services for students with disabilities, including school-based vocational evaluations, are provided in the School to Careers Transition Program.