"Life-Changing Outcomes for Exceptional Kids"


On any given day, First Children Services touches the lives of more than 1000 children and families
with a dedicated workforce of over 400 teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals and support staff.

The organization works with over 90 school districts; is approved by the NJ Department of Children and Families to provide behavior therapy and support services; and is in-network with most insurance companies in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

In First Children Services’ 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey, 95% of our customers were satisfied with our services! Learn More About the Survey>

Educational Programs

First Children School in Fanwood is a NJ Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities serving students in grades pre-kindergarten through high school.

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We offer a small group, center-based home instruction program for students with school refusal due to anxiety, depression, or related mental health issues.

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We offer home instruction with certified teachers to students in elementary through high school.

Home Instruction Services

Therapeutic Services

  • Diagnostic Services

    We offer specialized psychological testing for children and adolescents including autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD, and behavioral disorders.

  • Strive Autism Centers

    Offering intensive ABA therapy and behavioral assessments for toddlers and young children in a fun and enriching environment!  Our centers are located in Cherry Hill NJ, Fanwood NJ, and Montgomeryville, PA.

  • Home Based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy

    ABA therapy is delivered in the home and community by behavior technicians and supervised by BCBAs to children 18 months and older with autism spectrum disorder. We provide ABA therapy throughout New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania.

  • Camp Discovery Social Skills Day Camp

    At camp discovery, children learn social skills in a fun and interactive environment. Activities include cooking, arts and crafts, music, Minecraft, science exploration, games, and more!

  • Social Skills Groups

    Our social skills groups provide a fun and motivating way to teach social skills to children with social and communication difficulties.

  • Peer Mentoring Program for High School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    The goal of this program is to provide peer support and an opportunity to learn skills from someone who has successfully navigated the road to independence.

  • Anxiety Skills Groups

    Our anxiety skills groups teach youth to identify strengths, understand feelings, develop safe coping and problem-solving skills, and cultivate social connections.

  • School-Based Behavioral Services

    First Children Services offers school-based ABA, behavior consultation services, behavioral assessments, staff training, and specialized school staffing.

  • Mental Health Services for School Districts

    We offer school-based mental health counseling, mental health consultation services, staffing, staff training, and specialized home instruction services for students with mental health challenges.

  • Intensive In-Home and Intensive In-Community Services

    Our Behavioral Health Treatment Services division provides effective behavioral health evaluations and treatment to youth and families throughout New Jersey. Our services are accessible, accountable, and efficient.


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School Based Services

School Based ABA Services

Our based ABA services are delivered by trained behavior technicians and supervised Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). We employ the use of web-based data collection for tracking progress and ultimately monitoring results. Learn more >

Behavior Consultation Services

First Children’s BCBAs provide behavior consultation services to school districts. Learn more >

Specialized School Staffing Services

We bring added expertise and understanding of day to day direct service delivery in the education setting.  Learn more>

From Our Blog

Keeping Employees Together While Working Apart: an Employee Wellness Initiative to Address Social Distancing Challenges

By Caitlin Summers Motta, LPC, Behavioral Health Treatment Services program supervisor, and Susan Goldman, MEd, director of community educational

Connecting with Distance Learning

By Ellen D’Amato, PhD, School Psychologist, First Children School “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” I wrote this quote from Dr.

Helping Anxious Children Return to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jay S. Cohen, M.Ed, Transitions Program Supervisor Returning to school this fall will be exciting for many students, but some will be experiencing feelings of

A Case for Optimism

By Matthew Hess, CEO, First Children Services It is April 5, 2020 and we have been in our government ordered quarantine for going on three weeks. Schools have