Overview About C.H.I.L.D.
C.H.I.L.D. stands for Children Having Individual Learning Differences
Headquartered in New Jersey, we are a non-profit organization that provides help and resources to families with children that have learning differences and/or disabilities. Working with local Chapters, we organize monthly meetings/workshops to parents, teachers and professionals that have or work with children. Additionally we offer professionals the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours when they register with CHILD and attend any of our programs.
During the year we also guide CHILD Chapters as they may plan various events for students in a particular area. In the spring, CHILD organizes with its Scotch Plains Fanwood Chapter, The Transition to Middle School and Transition to High School for Success programs. Both programs are a multi pronged approach aimed at helping transitioning students that are currently in 4th grade and 8th grade to achieve greater results and success as they transition into the Middle School or High School.
Towards the end of the school year CHILD helps interested Chapters to organize and implement the Recognition Night & Awards Ceremony. Honorees are children that attend school in their area as an in-district student or an out of district student, who are receiving any level of support, special education or student services. Attendees include the student's family, their teachers and school administrators.
Volunteers play a big part in helping CHILD and its Chapters. Their support is integral for successful programs. Student volunteers that help CHILD, earn Letters of Recognition regarding their Student Community Service. Additionally, guidance counselors are sent copies of these letters for the participating student’s High School Portfolio. This important documentation will, at the appropriate time, be included in the college application process. For students going directly into the workforce, these letters can be apart of their referrals to prospective employers.
CHILD is active in growing awareness and promoting education and resources within all areas of the community.
Additionally, CHILD has actively participated in Focus Groups for Pre-Published Resource Books. In New Jersey CHILD served on the Task Force for Recommendations for NJ County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Plans at Prevention Links. CHILD also took part in the Informational Sessions re Self-Assessment/Monitoring Process focused on improving results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities, co-sponsored by New Jersey’s Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (NJOSEP) and the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN).
If you should have any questions or would like to inquire about CHILD, please call 908.322.4020.
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