About Us

Welcome to
First Children Services!

On any given day, we touch the lives of more than 1,000 children and families with a dedicated workforce of over 500 teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals, and support staff. Our organization works with 70+ school districts throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is approved by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families to provide behavior therapy, counseling, and support services; and is in network with Medicaid and most major insurance companies in NJ and PA. 

We currently have six locations in Fanwood, NJ, Cherry Hill, NJ, Roselle Park, NJ, Mount Laurel, NJ, Montgomeryville, PA, and Pottstown, PA.

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A group of FCS team members.
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History

Since 2008, First Children Services has been providing a comprehensive continuum of care, taking an integrated approach to specialized education and therapeutic services that addresses the unique needs of children and their families. Their STRIVE Autism Care Continuum is dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism by offering a wide range of services including screening and diagnostic clinics, applied behavior analysis (ABA), psychological counseling, social skills groups, and behavioral parent training, all under one roof.

First Children Services prides itself on its individualized 1:1 treatment programs, ensuring higher degrees of success. “We believe the best way to drive outcomes for kids is a true integrated interdisciplinary model of care and that’s the hallmark behind our STRIVEAutism Care Continuum,” CEO Matt Hess says. “It is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Certain kids need an intensive ABA therapy whereas other kids do not.” He adds, “There is a high rate of comorbidity with autism and other co-occurring mental health issues, with anxiety being a very common co-occurring challenge.

The process of integrating mental health services with more traditional behavioral approaches like ABA is what differs us from our competitors and is truly the best for the children and their families.” The STRIVE Autism Care Continuum is offered through the First Children Services facilities, in-home therapy, and/or through the child’s school. “Working in conjunction with the private and public schools has allowed us to deliver the necessary supports in order for the child to be mainstreamed with their peers in school.”

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Family Owned and Operated

First Children Services is proud of the fact that it is a family owned and operated organization. Putting one’s resources on the line everyday has a way of keeping one focused. In our case that focus is the children we serve and their families. If they are happy, we are happy. If they are making progress, we progress along with them. If those who entrust their children to our case are satisfied with our services, then we are incentivized to do more. It keeps things simple.

We are very fortunate at First Children Services to have a cadre of world class advisors guiding what we do for children. Similarly, we have a Leadership Team second to none regarding their experience and commitment to children.

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First Children Services CEO, Matthew Hess
with his father, President Joseph Hess.

“Life Changing Outcomes for Exceptional Kids”

Mission and Vision

A mission statement should be fairly simple; it is the why behind a company. At First Children our why is delivering Life Changing Outcomes for Exceptional Kids. Whether it be a child in one of our day schools learning to take steps or eat solid food, a previously non-verbal 5 year old with autism attending their regular public school or a teenager who wouldn’t leave their bedroom due to anxiety now attending a four year university, we aim to achieve our why day in and day out. These outcomes look different for each child and we aim to partner with families and payers to achieve positive life improvements based on the individual & their own unique situation.

We aim to become the leading pediatric behavioral health and special education services company in the mid-atlantic region.  We will do this by providing exceptional quality of care, hiring the best and brightest in their field, integrating a variety of clinical disciplines working together, being accountable for positive outcomes and operating our company as efficiently as possible.  

We do not believe in a one size fits all approach, particularly for children with complex behavioral health and special educational challenges.  Instead, we aim to build true continuums of care across all of our service lines and populations; where children, their families and our payer partners have access to diagnostics, evidence based treatments/services, education and family supports under one roof.  

At First Children, we are family owned, family operated and family centered.  Family is at the heart of what we do and how we do it; when you receive services from us, you become part of the First Children family.  

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

First Children Services is committed to providing a safe and inclusive workplace. We’re an equal opportunity employer and stand strong against racism and hate of all kinds. First Children supports actions leading to respect, equality, fairness and peace for all.

Our Approach

We aim to become the leading pediatric behavioral health and special education services company in the mid-atlantic region. We will do this by providing exceptional quality of care, hiring the best and brightest in their field, integrating a variety of clinical disciplines working together, being accountable for positive outcomes and operating our company as efficiently as possible.

We do not believe in a one size fits all approach, particularly for children with complex behavioral health and special educational challenges. Instead, we aim to build true continuums of care across all of our service lines and populations; where children, their families and our payer partners have access to diagnostics, evidence based treatments/services, education and family supports under one roof.

Where to find us...

FCS Locations and Map of PA and NJ

Roselle Park STRIVE Autism Center

316 Westfield Avenue West Roselle Park, NJ 07204

Mount Laurel STRIVE Autism Center

1100 Commerce Pkwy Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Montgomeryville STRIVE Autism Center

601 Bethlehem Pike Bldg. D, Ste. 100 Montgomeryville, PA 18936

Pottstown STRIVE Autism Center

500 Creekside Drive, Ste. 511-519 Pottstown, PA 19464

FCS Headquarters

1256 Marlkress Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

Transitions Program

1256 Marlkress Rd
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

First Children School

330 South Ave
Fanwood, NJ 07023