Celebrate the Children
230 Diamond Spring RoadCounty:Morris
Denville, NJ 07834Year Established:2004
Phone:973.989.4033
Fax:(862)244-4969
Email:info@celebratethechildren.orgWeb-Site:www.celebratethechildren.org


Executive Director:Monica Osgood
Executive Director:Lauren Blaszak
Principal:Trinka Sullivan
Director:Cathy Helmlinger


Type of Program/Services:Day School

Services Include:Our program is a progressive program based on the Developmental Individual Relationship-Based (DIR) Intervention Model developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and Dr. Serena Wieder and is one of the first schools to use the DIR model to fulfill the requirements of the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards. The basis of DIR is to help children achieve regulation through relationships while providing them with the foundations needed for all learning. These foundations include the ability to sustain attention to activities and interactions, engage in interactions through a range of emotions, develop adaptive and coping strategies, be initiators of independent ideas and have the ability to sequence these ideas in meaningful ways, develop a good sense of self and ability to string together ideas and social interactions to problem solve, to think and play symbolically and understand emotions, to use creativity and imagination, to think abstractly, reason and problem solve. Individual, specific language, social, behavioral, academic and workplace readiness skills are layered upon these foundations. All skills are targeted through motivating, experience-based interactions with staff and peers. CTC operates Monday through Thursday 9:00am - 3:00pm and 9:00am - 1:00pm on Fridays, September - June. An intensive, extended year program is offered during summer months.


Full-time staff:160Part-time staff:


Classes Offered/Disabilites Served:Multiple, Preschool and Adult Disabilities
Age Range:3-21
Counties Served:New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Approval/Accreditation:98
Number of Students/Clients:120
Number of Classes (if school):22 +
Grade Range:Pre-K - Adult Program
Length of School/Program Year:10 Months
Private Students/Clients accepted:Yes
Scholarships available:


Mission Statement:CTC has been providing services for children with difficulties in relating, communicating and thinking since 1995. This New Jersey state-approved comprehensive school program uses a dynamic inter-disciplinary approach that prepares students ages 3-21 for success in the 21st Century. Our multi-disciplinary approach to education recognizes that emotionally meaningful experiences are necessary in order to realize the child's true intelligence. We are at an important time in history of education as many people, including public school districts, are recognizing the needs for approaches for special needs children that look at overall development and target documented deficit areas such as abstract thinking, problem solving, independence, self-esteem, emotions, language, and social interactions in a natural and supportive setting.