Infant Toddler Early Intervention services are a free, voluntary program that can help families who reside in Philadelphia with children ages 0-3 (birth to the day before 3rd birthday), who have concerns about a child’s development, learning, and behavior. Anyone who has a concern about a child’s development can make a referral for a multi-disciplinary evaluation to determine eligibility for services.
Intake: 215-685-4646 or email@example.com
Intake & Multi-Disciplinary Evaluations: 215-222-8054, Option #1
Family Resource Center: 215-222-8054, Option #2
ELS Referral Email: 3to5ELReferral_@elwyn.org
For families of children already in-service, please contact your child’s LEA Representative (previously referred to as Service Coordinator) or the regional leadership email addresses below, with any questions regarding your child’s program.
GOING TO KINDERGARTEN? No matter where your child will go, or what their abilities are, registration by May the year before, at your local elementary school is required to secure a spot in the kindergarten system.
Provides training and technical assistance to local Infant Toddler and Preschool Early Intervention agencies. Has resources for families – including important forms, agencies, etc. Has resources to support early intervention and families during COVID-19, as well as video resources, and information about assistive technology, autism, inclusion and more.View Website
Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement. This training model assists caregivers to address children who have disruptive behaviors or traumatic experiences and improves their ability to form relationships and follow instructions. This model is offered as an intervention under Early Intervention.View Website
Free, quality, pre-K at over 130 centers throughout Philadelphia, no income requirements http://www.phlprek.org/programs/
Call 844-PHL-PREK or 844-745-7735 for more information.
Office of Specialized Services
Early Intervention – Includes Early Intervention transition meeting schedule, next steps for Kindergarten and information about the difference between school-aged services and early intervention services
Special Education Directors and Case Managers – Contact information and a list of schools that each Director and Case Manager is assigned to support.
Special Education Compliance Managers (SPECMs) – Contact information for the Special Education Compliance Manager (SPECM) and the school they support with special education supports and services.
440 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19130
GOING TO KINDERGARTEN? No matter where your child will go, or what their abilities are, registration by May the year before, at your local elementary school is required to secure a spot in the kindergarten system.
This site has been developed to highlight a spectrum of available resources to support families of children with autism within the School District of Philadelphia during the COVID-19 crisis.
Includes links to information about the Philly HopeLine (English and Spanish), food distribution sites, calming resources, chromebook help, SDP family resources, and the FACE website.View Website
Many educational documents are available in a variety of languages for families: https://www.philasd.org/face/multilingual/
Translates District-wide documents in the nine languages of greater diffusion (Albanian, Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese), as well as school-specific documents; support oral interpretation requests from schools and offices, and manage school-based interpreters who speak more than 40 languages and dialects. School-based staff facilitate workshops and training for families in their language.
440 N. Broad St. Philadelphia PA 19130View WebsiteView Map Location
Student placement, after school programs, supports for multilingual families, ESL classes, interpreters, translations and information and referrals for mental health supports, and emergency family needs, all services are free. Family Engagement Liaisons Contact List
440 N. Broad St. 1st Floor, Suite: 114, Philadelphia PA 19130
The School District of Philadelphia Summer Program Guide: arts, multilingual immigrant programs for all ages, special needs, job training, and more!View Website
All children in the state of PA have the right to a free public education which includes special education supports if needed. Immigrant and refugee children do NOT need a green card, visa, passport, alien registration number, social security number or proof of citizenship or immigration status to register for school.
For more information in English and many other languages please see these sites:
Early learning resource center for Philadelphia – Helps locate preschools, camp and childcare and afterschool programs as well as assisting with obtaining subsidized childcare and navigating systems and helping to address behavioral need for a child in care . Find early childhood resources and programs in your area.
Provides information about professional development, special education forms and resources, family information, videos and more.
Forms are available for the Infant-Toddler/Early Intervention, Preschool/Early Intervention, and School-age programs. https://www.pattan.net/forms/
PaTTAN – East – 333 Technology Drive, Malvern, PA 19355 – (610) 265-7321; (800) 441-3215; Video Phone (VP): (610) 572-3430
Childcare for medically fragile children (ages 0-7) needing skilled nursing care Monday-Friday, 6:30am-6:30pm. Transportation provided.
Multiple locations: including the Pediatric Day Health Care Center – 8101 Washington Lane Wyncote PA 19095
All inclusive, autism friendly childcare options available. Located in Bensalem. Shares a building with MCC Behavioral Health. Located off I 95 at Woodhaven Road.
800 Clarmont Avenue, Suite A, Bensalem, PA 19020View WebsiteView Map Location
Available to families with 3 and 4 year old children, who meet income requirements. 10-month program includes breakfast, lunch and snack).
CREATE (Creating Relationships and Emotional Adaptability in a Therapeutic Environment) enrollment is available throughout the year as needed.
2901 Island Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19153
Home and center-based Early Head Start for ages 0-3
Early Head Start services are available to pregnant women and families with children under the age of 3. To qualify, you must have a family income at or below the federal poverty guidelines and a permanent residence in identified areas of West Philadelphia.
For more information or to find out whether you qualify for Early Head Start at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, call 267-425-9900 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helps locate preschools, camp and childcare and afterschool programs as well as assisting with obtaining subsidized childcare and navigating systems and helping to address behavioral need for a child in care .
Caring People Alliance (early learning resource center for Philadelphia) – 215-382-4762– Find early childhood resources and programs in your area.
Contact Dierdre Bennett, director, special needs focused day care in the community.
7731 Frankford Ave Philadelphia PA 19136View WebsiteView Map Location
Child care ages 0-12, pre-k/Headstart for medically fragile children who have skilled nursing needs.
Monday – Friday; 7 am – 5 pm Transportation provided.
1011 Poplar Street Philadelphia PA 19123View WebsiteView Map Location
Home based Early Head Start (0-3 years old)
Child care for medically fragile children ages 0-21 who have skilled medical/nursing needs whether acute or chronic in nature, open 7am-7pm Monday-Saturday.
1318 West Clearfield St., Philadelphia PA 19132
Early Head Start (0-3 years old) – Home visiting and center based childcare
Currently offering fully virtual services. Clients are provided with a tablet with free internet access included so that they can have virtual visits with their home visitor and/or teachers. Also provide diapers, wipes and formula to families in need.
Resources: Maternity Care Coalition Flyer
Locations in South Philadelphia, Pottstown and Norristown
7520 State Road, Philadelphia PA 19136
City-wide resource for mostly FREE after school, summer and weekend enrichment programs for all youth who are Philadelphia residents and are grades K – 12.
Head Start program for working but low income families with children ages 3-5.View Website
For 3-5 year olds, age 3 by September 1st. Free for low-income families. Coordinators assist with needs of disabled children, citizenship status is not a requirement for education.
Visit the School District of Philadelphia website for more information: https://www.philasd.org/earlychildhood/programs-and-services/prekindergartenservices/ (search: “Headstart” or “early childhood”)
An autism-specific licensed early learning center. They provide clinical interventions using the Early Start Denver Model in conjunction with ABA interventions to provide a naturalistic learning environment. Their services include home, community, and accepting commercial insurance, ELRC, and private pay to cover the cost of services
The only Autism-specific daycare!
433 Burmont Rd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Virtual after-school program for children living in kinship care offering online homework tutoring, group learning sessions, and caregiver support. Please contact Courtney Poprik, Program Coordinator, 215-204-3105 email@example.comView Website
Home based Early Head Start for 0 -3 year olds.
Additional information and referral form:
For children ages 8-21 from 3-6 p.m.
Located at two sites: Overbrook School for the Blind (6333 Malvern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19151), Widener Memorial H.S. (1450 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141)View Website
Provides both participatory and spectating experiences related to sports in the Philadelphia area for at-risk and special needs populations.
4700 Wissahickon Ave., Suite 126, Philadelphia, PA 19144View WebsiteView Map Location
ACCESS to museums and facilities (Please Touch, Franklin Institute, Morris Arboretum, Academy of Natural Sciences, …etc) for families with an ACCESS card. One ACCESS card admits up to four family members at a rate of $2 per person. (sadly the Zoo is not participating in this). Check website for all participating facilities!View Website
FREE Special needs sports organization including indoor/outdoor soccer, bowling and baseball in the Northeast.View Website
Sensory Friendly Sundays – Exhibits modified to provide a comfortable experience for people on the autism spectrum. Discounted rates for guests arriving between 8-930am. Due to COVID-19 restrictions – special events and Sensory Friendly Sundays have been suspended. Advanced tickets/reservations and masks are required for admission. Currently offering virtual resources for families: https://www.fi.edu/franklin-at-home
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103View WebsiteView Map Location
Many FREE adapted programs for kids with special needs throughout the year, including sensory friendly story time, Lego groups, therapy dog time and Minecraft, virtual programming call 215-685-5322 or check the website for location/hours.
Free! Open to families with children with ASD. Opportunity to socialize in a safe and interactive environment.
2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003View WebsiteView Map Location
All seasons – no age limit. FREE. NEW: teen basketball! Weekly sports, including bowling for children with significant special needs. Meet every Friday night at New Foundations Charter School (8001 Torresdale Ave) from 6:00-8:00 pm. Northeast Philadelphia (Rhawn and Torresdale) and surrounding area.
Offers cultural and educational bi-monthly and monthly outings for adolescents, young adults, and adults. Outings to shows, museums, sporting events and more create community and assist with socialization and making friends. Also incorporate social justice activities as well as educational workshops to assist with transition, socialization, and life skills. Trips offered at a subsidized rate.
345 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004View WebsiteView Map Location
Philadelphia’s leader in providing convenient, fun, outdoor themed experiences for families, schools, individuals and organizations, especially in urban communities. They offer FREE monthly therapy-style programs for special needs children and their families. These sessions focus on improving language, sensory and social skills. Connecting City Communities to Outdoor Experiences!View Website
This center offers art therapy to promote growth, development and social skills; parent training and sibling club. Sliding fee*.
1226 South Broad Street Philadelphia PA 19146View WebsiteView Map Location
FREE! Autism information and Community outings for children with Autism and their families to fun events like basketball games, bowling and roller skating. Operating virtual support meetings – PEEA Pals – check out website. Sensory friendly fun for the whole family.View Website
Offer group and private lessons six days a week for participants of all abilities, including a Monday night program for children with autism spectrum disorders.
8297 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia PA 19152View WebsiteView Map Location
FREE! “Healthy HeArt” program (an hour long session that is half a form of exercise and half an art project), and an adult and a child dance class. All programming is currently virtual.
FREE interactive classical music experiences for people with Autism and special needs throughout the area, see website for dates and places.
FREE, contact to find out schedule and sign up for this group. Located at the Torresdale Library (3079 Holme Ave Philadelphia PA 19136).View Map Location
“Play Without Boundaries” where the PTM is open early or late with free programming specifically for children with special needs and their families. Please check with PTM for dates.
Memorial Hall, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131View WebsiteView Map Location
Provides music, art, and dance/movement therapy through individual sessions, as well as group and individual services at community partnerships in the region. Currently, offering services virtually with limited in-person services at branches.
Four Regional Sites: Queen Village: 416 Queen Street 19147 Germantown: 6128 Germantown Avenue 19144 West Philadelphia: 4910 Wynnefield Ave 19131: Willow Grove: 318 Davisville Road 19090
FREE indoor playhouse located in Fairmount Park for children 5 and under, outdoor playground for children 10 and up with the famous “Giant Slide”. Free story and craft hours.
3500 Reservoir Drive Philadelphia PA 19121View WebsiteView Map Location
Young Athletes Sports program for children 2-7 with special needs at many neighborhood YMCAs. FREE!View Website
Offers year-round recreational activities for children and adults of all abilities by offering physical, recreational, arts and educational activities to shape healthy and meaningful lifestyles.
10980 Norcom Rd Philadelphia PA 19154
*SPIN Community & Fitness is currently temporarily closed to the public. Visit their Facebook page @SPINComFit for updates.View WebsiteView Map Location
Variety Club Resources and Programming for children with autism and any disability ages 5-21.
Recreational “at play” events for families all year long. Academic year and summer programming also available.
FREE sports and recreations opportunities including bowling for children with special needs.
Open 9-7 EVERY DAY….classes, playgroups, social skills groups, trainings, camp, parties. Find them on Facebook.
2022 Camp Dates: June 20 – August 26; Ages 3+ and most campers are under age 8. Children can be registered for individual weeks. Each week has a different theme with lots of activities, games and crafts surrounding that theme. They provide snacks and all the fun and the children should pack and bring a lunch. Cost: $300/week 9am-1pm and an additional $150/week for aftercare 1-3pm, scholarships and other financial support resources may be available. Learn more and register for camp here.
12357 Academy Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154View WebsiteView Map Location
The YMCA is now accepting some insurance to cover registration and monthly fee payments!! Programs are offered at all locations are for children of different ages with special needs. Programs and ages vary. This includes sports and recreation, swimming, daycare/childcare, after school programs, and summer camps. Fees do apply.
Columbia North: 1400 N. Broad St. 19121, 215-235-6440
Roxborough: 7201 Ridge Ave 19128, 215-482-3900
Christian St: 1724 Christian St. 19146, 215-735-5800
West Philly: 5120 Chestnut St. 19139, 215-476-2700
Northeast Family: 11088 Knights Rd., 19154, 215-632-1484
Provides up to $400/ year for children 6-17 to attend a participating summer camp. Child must be receiving services through Community Behavioral Health or The Office of Mental Health at the time of application.View Website
Private, 7-week residential special needs summer camp for campers ages 7-21. Offers unique summer programs for kids with special needs with a full curriculum incorporating a strong Academic and Speech program with traditional camp activities.
2022 Camp Dates: June 25-August 8, 2022
Partial scholarships available for families in need.
See website for prices, session dates, and other info.
450 Route 590, Lackawaxen, PA 18435View WebsiteView Map Location
Camp Pegasus located in Bryn Mawr, PA in 2021.
Campers can sign up for one, two, three or four sessions. Each session is 2 weeks long. Camp hours are 9:00-2:15pm for campers in our pre-school program (4-5yo). Camp hours are 9:00 am-3:00 pm for campers 6-16yo.
Special needs day camp focused on social skill development for campers aged 4-16yo.
Camp Dates: June 27- August 19, 2022
See website for prices, session dates, and other info.View WebsiteView Map Location
A 2-week camp for kids w/ disabilities ages 6-25. The cost of the camp is $150.00 for a two week encampment. If a camper is bringing support staff to camp, there is an additional fee of $25.00 to cover the cost of trips for that staff. Lunch is included. Transportation is available for certain zip codes. Accepts the Madeline Moore grant.
Training and orientation with the camp counselors prior to the start of day camp on how to support autistic individuals.
Located at the Gustine Recreation Center for the summer of 2022.
4868 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19129View Map Location
Age 5 to age 12, take CCIS funding. 2 sites in South Philly.View Website
Overnight camp for ages 7-15 that services children with Autism, 22q Deficit Disorder, Sickle Cell Disease, Hemophilia, and Persistent Asthma. Provides life skill programming for campers ages 16-24 with various neurodiversity needs.
Cost: $700-750 per session. Financial Aid and payment plans are available.
143 Nichecronk Rd, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328
MusicMan Butterfly Buddy programs help children with disabilities foster meaningful friendships through the love of the arts!
We seek to create a more inclusive culture of young people in our community with our volunteer “Buddy’ component. Each volunteer “buddy” receives professional training based on your child’s needs. All Butterfly Buddy participants are guided by certified and registered music, art & dance therapists as well as certified music educators.
All instruments and sensory materials provided! NO PREVIOUS MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. YOUR CHILD IS WELCOME TO LISTEN, SING, PLAY AND MOVE with new friends!
For boys and girls who have completed grades 3-8.
2022 Camp Dates
July 25 – July 29
6th Grade – 8th Grade
12:30pm – 3:30pm
August 1 – August 5
2nd Grade – 5th Grade
9:00am – 12:00pm
Free for Upper Darby School District (UDSD) Students
Non-UDSD Tuition: $110
Primos Elementary School, 861 Bunting Ln, Clifton Heights, PA 19018View WebsiteView Map Location
The NeurAbilities ABA Program is now enrolling children for summer camp at select locations! This four-week half-day program will provide children with a fun-filled camp experience complete with engaging activities and themed projects. Our compassionate and energetic team will support children in acquiring and maintaining skills using applied behavior analysis (ABA). Children will participate in a variety of activities focused on improving fine and gross motor abilities, dramatic play, social skills, and adaptive skills.
For boys and girls ages: 3-5 and 6-9
2022 Camp Dates
2 Locations in NJ & PA
9601 Bustleton Ave Suite A, Philadelphia, PA 19115View WebsiteView Map Location
Camp activities include group therapeutic riding lessons and unmounted instruction on horse care and stable management. There will also be arts & crafts, team-building activities, and downtime to relax with therapy dogs. At the end of the week, campers will participate in a horse show to demonstrate their new skills to family and friends.
Ages: 8 to 16
Cost: $350 per rider, and attendance will be limited to 10 students for safety and social distancing reasons. Scholarships offered are for current students to help with lesson payments. There is a separate application for scholarships.
Camp Dates: August 15-19, from 9 am until 2 pm. Registration closes on June 30th.
2800 Street Road, P.O. Box 1001, Warrington, PA 18976
Reverse inclusion Summer camp for kids and teens with Autism.
Camp Kinney is designed for children ages 4 to 21
Fills quickly-Get on their email list! Cost: 1 week at Camp Kinney is $700. If you register for all six weeks of camp, the sixth week is free.
A limited number of financial assistance scholarships are available to families with strong financial need, subject to administrative approval (ESY accepted)
2week-5week options available. Camp Kinney runs Monday – Thursday from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.View Website
Summer Therapeutic Activities Programs (STAP) – is a group-based intervention for children ages 6-21 years who are diagnosed with Autism. It is based on the Social Thinking Model and uses a series of structured activities to promote age-appropriate social skills, self-regulation, and improvement of self-esteem. Each child referred must currently be receiving some form of behavioral health service and be able to tolerate a group size of 1 staff to 3 children in order to be appropriate for STAP.
NET Centers– 215-238-1426 ext 3980/3986. Located at 7520 State Road, 19136.
Each summer, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation holds more than 130 neighborhood day camps and a dozen theme camps throughout the city. Generally, camps are for children ages 6-12 (ages vary per camp). Summer Camp Finder
Fun, recreational, theme-based activities taught by trained speech-language and occupational therapists. This camp is designed for typically developing children and children with mild to moderate special needs & learning differences for reversed inclusion summer camp experience.
Limited scholarships are available!
Ages: 5-12 years old
2022 Camp Dates: 07/5/22 – 08/12/22 from 9am to 3pm
Day Camp: Youth with disabilities ages 5-21, siblings may attend too! Transportation available, location TBD. FEE.
Overnight Camp: For youth w/ disabilities ages 7-21. Stay over from Sunday to the next Saturday.
(610) 584-4366 ext 220. Contact: Jessica Smith (610) 584-4366 Ext. 135 or Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocational Program: For youth w/ disabilities ages 14 & up. Summer program to learn job skills in work-related activities including landscaping, cooking, office duties, camp store, etc. Contact: Tyler Kammerle 610-613-3256 or email@example.com.
Contact Nicholas Larcinese 610-507-1821 Nicholas.firstname.lastname@example.org for all Philadelphia based programming.
Cost: $125/w, includes t-shirt. 6050 Market St. and 6500 Haverford Ave. (Granahan Recreation Center and Playground). (Accepts Madeline Moore grant and FDSS funds). Contact Roberta Bellamy 267-231-4120 or 215-472-2764 or email@example.com
Provides information, trainings, and activities. Many are free grassroots Philadelphia-based supports including respite.
Free community trainings about Autism for families and agencies.
Community and recreation activities: Free family events promoting inclusion and accommodations for individuals with ASD and their families.View Website
Information, parent support and technical assistance for people with disAbilities and special healthcare needs.
520 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd. Suite 602 Philadelphia, PA 19123