Welcome to First Children School!
First Children School in Fanwood is a New Jersey Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities serving students in grades PreK through high school. We specialize in educating students with multiple disabilities including those who are medically fragile, developmentally, intellectually, or physically disabled, deaf or hard of hearing, and/or visually impaired.
Specialized Instruction and Support for Students with Complex Needs
Our Teachers of the Deaf provide in class support as well as individualized instruction. An audiologist provides consultative services and monitoring.Learn more >
We have a full time Teacher of the Visually Impaired who provides individual and consultative sessions to our students and staff.Learn more >
Students can receive one to one ABA as well as push in services to the classroom.
Our nurses are trained in the total care of students that have significant medical issues.
Physical, occupational, and speech/feeding therapy are provided individually as well as in small groups. Educators and therapists meet daily to discuss goals and treatment planning.Meet Our Therapy Team
We have a full staff of nurses who are trained in the care of students who have significant medical issues.Meet Our Nursing Staff
We offer a wide range of school based clinical services. These include Physiatry, Neurodevelopmnental, Audiology/Speech/Feeding, Orthotic, and Rehabilitative. Parents are encouraged to participate.
Our 7-week long summer program gives new youngsters the opportunity to become acquainted with their new school in a particularly low-key environment, and it allows current students to maintain learning that is hard to retain over long summer breaks.Extended School Year Dates
We utilize music, pet, and horticultural therapies in our curriculum.
Family Support Services
We have the best team available to educate and care for your child. And YOU are an important part of our team!
We have an open door policy, so parents are always welcome to observe classes or therapies. We also provide informational and support services, like our free weekly sign language class.
School Closing Update
On March 26, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey public and private schools will remain closed through at least April 17, 2020 at which point, a decision to reopen schools will not be revisited. As such, First Children School will remain closed indefinitely.
In an effort to continue with the learning process, we have transitioned to distance learning and therapy. In the first couple weeks of distance learning, teachers focused on reviewing lessons and providing exercises that help students practice skills through repetition. Currently, we are building on those skills each week, slowly introducing new topics. Exercises focus on learning new topics in addition to reviewing skills learned throughout the year.
Our teachers and therapists are working hard to create customized lessons and therapy for students using various means of media including video. Here is an example of a video in which music teacher Melinda Bass O’Neal pre-recorded music therapy for one of our early elementary classes taught by Debbie Earley.
You can view this video along with other remote video lessons and therapy on our First Children School Remote Video page.
Please be aware that anyone calling the school will get a recorded message. Our staff will be working remotely all day, each day. You will be able to reach them by email. Email addresses for administration and staff are available on our website. For general school questions, please email Kathleen Gorski, Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 868-0709.
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.