New Program for Children With Autism and Disabilities

PARC Pals runs after school Monday through Friday

Putnam ARC, the leading provider of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities in Putnam County, is pleased to announce the establishment of PARC Pals, an after-school program for children with autism and developmental disabilities.

The program, which takes place at PARC Center, 1938 Route 6 in Carmel, is for children ages 5-12 and is offered Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. PARC Pals is a fun and inviting space for children to make new friends, play, create and read, all with trained staff supervising activities. PARC Pals currently has openings, and families are encouraged to visit and apply for this program.

After-school hours have been identified by many Putnam County parents as an important time for respite care. PARC Pals staff members are trained to care for children with many different disabilities. The ratio of staff to children is usually 1 to 3, and the program is able to adjust for high-need children.

PARC Pals is free to children and their families who are eligible for the NYS Office for People with Disabilities (OPWDD) Home & Community Based Services Waiver.

For more information about PARC Pals or to arrange a visit, please call 845-225-5650, ext. 1177.

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