"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 300 teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals and support staff.

The organization works with over 70 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.

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.

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Therapeutic Services

  • 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

  • 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 Colmar PA.

  • 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.

  • Social Skills Groups

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • School-Based Behavioral Services

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

  • Outpatient Counseling

    Our outpatient counseling services focus on person-centered planning and treatment.  Counseling specializations include autism  spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, trauma, ADHD, behavioral disorders, and family counseling.

  • Diagnostic Services

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



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Child Care, Before & After School Programs

A Special Place Child Care Center

We offer an inclusive daycare serving children 8 weeks to 6 years old. Our approach to learning is holistic in that we foster the cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative abilities of children. Learn more >

Twilight Club

After school club that provides homework help and opportunities for academic and social growth. Learn more >


Before school program for students at the Folwell School in Mount Holly. Learn more >

News & Events

Crusader Athletic Leadership Council participates in a visit to the First Children’s School

On Wednesday, March 06, 2019, members of the Crusader Athletic Leadership Council participated in a visit to the First Children’s School, located in Fanwood, New

Addressing the Growing Problem of School Refusal

Published in Behavioral Health News ∼ Winter 2019 By Howard Savin, PhD, Jay Cohen, MEd, Valery Bailey, MPA, and Katherine Fearon, LCSW, First Children

Employment Opportunities

We’re expanding and looking for innovative and energetic professionals to join our team!
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