Tuckerton Seaport to Offer After-School Program for Intellectually or Developmentally Delayed High School Students

Dec 19, 2018

The Tuckerton Seaport has joined with the nonprofit Family Resource Network’s Kids’ Korner Program to host an after-school program serving students with developmental disabilities in grades seven to 12. Initially the program will run from 2:15 to 5:15 p.m. three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with plans to become a five-day-a-week program in the future.

The Family Resource Network is located in Trenton with a local office in Brick and runs two programs in Toms River. It is under the auspices of the Epilepsy Service of New Jersey.

Mike Davidson of FRN said Kids’ Korner programs usually have a half hour dedicated to school homework; the rest of the time is devoted to socializing activities such as dance, games or crafts. The Seaport’s array of folk craft and educational demonstrations throughout the museum campus will be utilized.

There is state funding for families to cover much or all of the cost of the program through performcarenj.org. “They need to make an application through Perform Care for after school respite. The child needs to have a diagnosis of some type of intellectual or developmental disability,” said Davidson.

Seaport Museum Director Brooke Salvanto said, “The Seaport was approached by some parents of students attending Pinelands Regional who expressed a need for an additional enrichment program and socialization opportunity for their children during after school hours. Then a Seaport staff member found a flyer from the Kids Korner looking for a Southern Ocean County site. After a phone call, a high-energy initial meeting with staff from both nonprofits, and the After School Program at the Seaport was launched.”

The program is slated to begin in January. Anyone interested in registering should call Brooke Salvanto at the Seaport (609-296-8868) or the Family Resource Center Kids’ Korner at 732-262-8020. —P.J.

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