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David Halpern, School Program Director
Holy Childhood offers comprehensive and therapeutic services to children ages five to twenty-one in the School Program. Students attend from 39 different school districts in Monroe and outlying counties. Full-day special education instruction is based on each student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). Instruction includes emphais on literacy, math, science, social, woodworking, life skills, music, art, adaptive physical education and transition training.
Referrals are made by school district officials (CSE), parents, medical professionals and other community/school agencies. Students must go through an Intake Process which consists of a tour, application, review of records and observations. Initial referrals should be made directly to the School Program Director. She works directly with an Intake Committee to determine whether or not referrals are accepted into program.
The School Program works directly with the Helen H. Heller Clinic , which provides and/or contracts for the related service needs of the children. It consists of 8:1:1 classes for younger students. The intermediate and secondary classrooms are 12:1:1, and emphsize preparing students for life beyond graduation. The Transition Program is a component which focuses on job skills, vocational training, self advocacy, life skills and more.
Students attend vocational classes within the agency and eventually begin to try out jobs in Holy Childhood's sheltered workshops and in the community with the assistance of a job coach. Individual schedules are developed based on needs and interests.
This one-of-its kind community-based learning environment located at the Genesee Valley Regional Market. When filled to capacity, 12 students, ages 17-21 will focus on academics and job skills and apply them at many of the nearly 200 businesses welcoming them at the market.
Supported Employment Program
Focusing on students ages 18-21, this certified program will allow participating students to pursue paid work experiences, with job coach support, after school and on weekends.
Holy Childhood has a racially nondiscriminatory policy as to program participants, and therefore does not discriminate against applicants and students on the basis of race, color, and national or ethnic origin.
To see what's happening in our classrooms click on the teacher's name to see their classroom blogs:
For more information or to schedule a tour of Holy Childhood's facilities contact us by calling (585) 359-3710.