Making a difference every day.
From our residential homes to our schools, our work continues to have a positive impact on the lives of all of the children and adults who come through our doors. Through our persistence, dedication, and skills, all individuals with challenges are given a chance to develop independence, achievement, and self-worth.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
Special Education Preschool
Special Education Preschool services are for children with developmental delays or disabilities, three to five years old. These programs are at no cost to families and are funded by the New York State and New York City Departments of Education. Services include special education in a classroom setting along with counseling; occupational, physical and/or speech therapy depending upon the child’s needs.
Head Start is a comprehensive child development and family support program designed to enhance school readiness for children three to five years old from low income families. We operate Head Start programs in three locations; these programs are free to families and are funded through Human Services Administration for Children and Families and The City of New York Administration for Children’s Services.
Message to Our Community
For nearly 35 years, Birch Family Services, Inc., a non-for-profit agency has provided educational, residential, respite and family support for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Although historically linked to special education services and funding, Birch Family Services broadened its programs to better meet the needs of its communities.
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Child Care Services, also known as Day Care
This child care program for typically developing children is funded by NYC Agency for Child Development. Birch offers day care (full and half-day) for children three and four years old. The cost to families is based on their income.
Universal Pre-Kindergarten services are for typically developing four year olds. UPK is funded through NYS and NYC Departments of Education and is offered at no cost to families.
SCHOOL AGE SPECIAL EDUCATION
Our school age program for children with special needs serves children five to 21 years old whose special education and related services (speech, occupational and physical therapy, and/or counseling) needs cannot be met in public school placements. The NYC Department of Education determines eligibility for, and the NYC and NYS Departments of Education fund the program.
CHILDREN’S RESIDENTIAL PROJECT
Some school-age individuals have disabilities so severe and behaviors so challenging that they require their educational and health and safety needs to be met in facilities such as a Birch’s Children’s Residential Project (CRP). Birch’s CRP offers coordinated treatment approaches 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in highly structured residential and educational environments that insure student safety and support student learning.