Special Needs Program

The Bloomfield Recreation Department is committed to ensuring that every resident has the opportunity to participate in our recreational programs. We offer full inclusion programs, shadow councilors when needed or a direct one to one councilor. If your child has special needs and would like to participate in any one of our programs please call the office at 973-743-9074 or our Special Needs Director John Balz at 973-725-4485. A phone interview or in person interview will be set up to discuss the needs of your child. Collectively we will create a plan specifically geared to your child for the best chance of success!

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C.A.R.E Station / Project FAST

(Community Afterschool Recreation Experience) / (Fun and Study Time)

Community After-Care Recreation Experience is a program that runs in conjunction with the traditional school year, starting in September and concluding in June. The program provides academic support (homework), snack time and recreational opportunities that may include physical and occupational therapy (program based on an evaluation of our population by the therapists who will then design a program for our students), karate and yoga. It is held at Carteret elementary school from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm. Monthly costs are determined by the number of days in service based on the school calendar.

Horizons Program


This community outreach program is geared for adults 18 and older and provides an opportunity for these adults to interact and socialize within their community. This program runs in conjunction with the traditional school year, starting in September and concluding in June and published a monthly calendar of events. Past activities included a night at the races, movie night, dinner, theatrical plays and bowling to name a few – all activities encourages life skills. There is a $50 registration fee plus the cost of each activity. It meets Friday nights from approximately 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm dependent on the activity. Transportation is not provided.

Friday Night Canteen


This program is geared for children under 18 years old and runs in conjunction with the traditional school year, starting in September and concluding in June. Participants meet on Friday night at Carteret School from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. The yearly fee is $50 and additional trips are often planned.

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Station II


Station II is a summer camp for children with special needs in grades Pre-k through 7th. We encourage an inclusionary setting whenever possible however there is a self-contained component when needed. The program runs for 6 weeks in the summer and includes such activities as sports and physical education, game room, special events, assemblies, optional field trips (extra fee required) and themed celebrations.

Parents of a Special Needs Children

Are you a parent of a special needs child or know someone who is? Please visit the Bloomfield SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) website for more information and educational and recreational opportunities for your