The Bright Beginnings Early Learning Center operates integrated preschool classrooms, under the jurisdiction of the New York State Education Department, for both typically developing children and students with disabilities between the ages of 2 years 9 months and 5. The Bright Beginnings program promotes social interaction, pre-kindergarten readiness skills and age appropriate self-help abilities. All of this is accomplished in a nurturing environment and in partnership with the child’s family. Also, we are offering Universal Pre-k for 3 year olds and 4 year olds through the Watertown School District.
The Early intervention program, which falls under the auspices of the Department of Health, is designed to empower parents to seek services for their young child who may be experiencing a delay in one or more developmental domains (Cognitive, Communication, Physical, Social-Emotional, and Adaptive Behavior). The Early Intervention program serves eligible children from birth through three years of age in natural environments. Evaluations are performed at a variety of times and locations to fit the needs of the parents.
Horizons Article 16 Clinic is a New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) certified treatment facility that provides clinical services to people with developmental disabilities who are enrolled in Medicaid.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence's Transitions Program empowers young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through self-directed goal setting. Transitions focuses on independent living and community engagement activities.
This program provides meaningful and gainful employment opportunities to persons served and provides a variety of training opportunities that assist individuals to achieve their goals and reach their maximum potential. The program is also designed to help individuals understand the demands of working by developing skills, attitudes and behaviors that improve their work functioning. Our individuals take pride in performing assembly work and various manufacturing tasks. Individuals enjoy meaningful careers at integrated job sites.
Family Support Services provides evening, weekend, and afterschool opportunities for people with developmental disabilities who live with a family member. It is designed to provide recreational opportunities for individuals while giving caregiving family members respite time.
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s Community Prevocational Services assist participants in developing employment readiness skills in an integrated community work setting. Participants will be taught about work experiences through volunteer efforts. Community Prevocational Services help to prepare participants to work by teaching the skills needed to be successful in a community work environment. Staff provide lessons and teach skills needed to build on a person’s strong points and assist with developing the abilities needed to pursue work in the future.