Children's Day Program
What is the School-Age Program?
The Children’s Day Program (CDP), serves students age 5 to 21 who have an identified developmental delay or disability. With campuses located in Huntington and Smithtown, the school-age program serves students with an educational classification of autism, intellectual disabilities, or multiple disabilities.
What Services are Available through the Children's Day Program?
Designated as a Center of Excellence in New York State, CDP provides a transdisciplinary model of high quality and innovative educational services to more than 220 students. A highly individualized curriculum is designed and implemented by a team of educators and related service providers. Related services may include speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and vocational training. Special areas of instruction include adapted physical education, art, music, and technology.
Enhanced clinical supports and behavioral expertise are hallmark features of CDP. Many of the clinical staff are board certified behavior analysts (BCBA) or have completed advanced studies in behavior analysis. The clinical team includes licensed psychologists, social workers, clinical coordinators, behavior specialists and behavior support staff who work seamlessly with the education team to provide high-quality instruction and wrap-around supports.
Families and caregivers work in partnership with the educational team through participation in quarterly team meetings, Individualized Education Program (IEP) planning, and parent training. CDP offers after-school and weekend respite to eligible students on a rotational basis. The DDI Parent Association offers a network of support and information to family members of the students enrolled at CDP.
Are Summer Services Offered at the Children's Day Program?
CDP offers a traditional school year as well as a summer program. Students enrolled in CDP are eligible for a 12-month educational placement. CDP also offers summer placements to students that attend school elsewhere who are eligible through their Committee on Special Education (CSE).
What is the CDP Transition-Education-Employment Model (T.E.E.M.)?
Empowering students with the skills needed for a lifetime of personal growth and achievement is our mission. The T.E.E.M approach supports students in strengthening their self-esteem, communication skills, social skills, and job skills by building upon three key areas:
- Prepare students and their families for routine and life changes through careful planning, skill development and offering a toolkit of resources to anticipate and improve post-secondary outcomes.
- Guide and support families through the transition to OPWDD adult services and guardianship.
- Prioritize IEP goals that focus on transition and increased independence, including self-care, self-management, safety and self-advocacy skills.
- Implement school-wide and individualized positive behavior supports.
- Ongoing transdisciplinary educational planning and implementation.
- Actively engage all students ages 8-21 in student enterprise job training to increase independence, work satisfaction, and safety skills.
- Provide early and continued exposure to employment-related experiences and responsibilities.
- Provide in-house and community-based job sampling opportunities to all students age 12-21.
- Nurture and expand community partnerships with local businesses to offer robust and meaningful employment choices to students.
How Do I Enroll My Child in the Children’s Day Program?
Families are encouraged to work with their child’s CSE to determine if CDP would be an appropriate educational placement. Once a referral for a potentially eligible student is received by CDP, the student and family will be invited to participate in a screening/tour conducted by the transdisciplinary team.
For additional questions about enrollment, please contact a member of our social work team:
Huntington Campus (Students Ages 5-21)
Alysa Schiff, Social Worker
Smithtown Campus (Students Ages 14-21)
Kiera Essling, Social Worker