"Life-Changing Outcomes for Exceptional Kids"

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, First Children School, the Transitions Program, and the Strive Autism Centers are closed indefinitely.  Our in-home services including intake and evaluations continue to operate. Please visit each program’s webpage for program specific information. 

The health and safety of our students and staff are paramount, and we are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. We are adhering to guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health and the New Jersey Department of Education. Here are some resources for families and staff regarding COVID-19.

New Jersey Department of Health COVID-19 Webpage

New Jersey Department of Education COVID-19 Updates and School Closings

New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub

nj211.org COVID-19 Resource Website


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>

New Location in Pennsylvania!

First Children Services is excited to announce our new location in Montgomeryville, PA offering diagnostic services, outpatient services, social skills groups, and our Strive Autism Center.  We will also offer home, community, and school-based ABA therapy in Montgomery and Bucks Counties.  Learn More>

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.

  • 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>

News & Events

First Children Announces the Hiring of Jeff Selman, PsyD, BCBA-D as New Vice President of Clinical Services

May 19, 2020 First Children Services, a provider of behavioral health and special education services to children through New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has

First Children School Adopt a Family Program

As First Children School is going through unprecedented times right now, we are learning to adjust accordingly, and we have a wonderful team working