Special Needs Program

The Bloomfield Recreation Department is committed to ensuring that every resident has the opportunity to participate in our recreational programs. We offer full inclusion programs, shadow councilors when needed or a direct one to one councilor. If your child has special needs and would like to participate in any one of our programs please call the office at 973-743-9074 or our Special Needs Director John Balz at 973-725-4485. A phone interview or in person interview will be set up to discuss the needs of your child. Collectively we will create a game plan specifically for your child to give the highest chance of success!

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C.A.R.E Station / Project FAST

(Community Afterschool Recreation Experience) / (Fun And Study Time)

Community After-Care Experience is a program that runs from the beginning of the school year till the end of the school year. It follows the school calendar – when schools are closed the program is closed. The program provides academic support (homework), snack time and recreational opportunities that may include physical and occupational therapy (program based on an evaluation of our population by the therapists who will then design a program for our students), karate and yoga – all dependent on budgetary constraints. It is held at Carteret elementary school from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm. Since we follow the school calendar the cost varies monthly depending on the number of days the program meets.

Horizons Program

This program is for adults 18 and older and is a community outreach program. It also follows the school calendar and distributes its own calendar of activities on a monthly basis. Activities include night at the races, movie night, dinner, theatrical plays and bowling to name a few – all activities encourages life skills. There is a $50 registration fee plus the cost of each activity. It meets Friday nights from approximately 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm dependent on the activity. Transportation is not provided.

Friday Night Canteen

This program is for children under 18 and is more of an open-gym environment where student are allowed to participate in supervised free play in the gymnasium at Carteret Elementary School. Again we follow the school calendar and this program meets on Friday Night from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm registration fee is $50 plus any additional trips that may be planned.

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Station II

Station II is our summer camp for children with special needs in grades pre-k through 7. We encourage an inclusionary setting whenever possible however there is a self-contained component as well. The program runs for 6 weeks in the summer and includes such activities as sports and physical education, game room, special events, assemblies, optional field trips (extra fee required) and themed celebrations.
All of our recreational programs are available for our special needs community, any additional assistance will be determined on an individual basis.
All of our programs include special events / trips which have included medieval times, the circus, jackal games and visits to the amusement parks – some are recreation funded others will be the responsibility of the family.

Parents of a Special Needs Children

If so, please visit the Bloomfield SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) website for more information and educational and recreational opportunities for your child.