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NYC Winter Recess Camps and Respite for Special Needs Children

I’ve been receiving a lot of emails lately asking about camp and respite options for the upcoming February break. If your job doesn’t recognize “February Winter Recess” as a paid holiday (what?!) and you’re still wondering what to do with your special needs child while they are off for a random week next month, below are just some of the options around NYC. Many (but not all) are low cost or free, though some eligibility restrictions may apply.

Listed alphabetically:

AHRC provides out-of-home and in-home respite opportunities, ranging from a period of a few hours to a few weeks, to individuals with developmental disabilities who reside at home with their families.

School Holiday Respite is offered during the weeks that twelve month school programs are closed, for a total of 5 weeks (2 weeks in August, 1 in December, 1 in February and 1 in April). The respite is for children with special needs, between the ages of 5 and 21 years of age. Children are picked up at their homes in the morning and brought back in the afternoon.



Contemporary Guidance Services

Yvonne Vega


DD, ages 13-21, must be ambulatory and toilet trained.

No fee. Spanish Spoken.



220 East 86th Street @ Go Fish

February 21-23rd, half day and single day options also available.

Cost: $125-750

SNACK is excited to offer two 1-week Holiday Programs in February & April for children with special needs, when school is closed. Our fun-filled days are packed with activities and opportunities for socialization! The ratio of students to staff is not more than 2:1, class size limit (maximum 8 per class); and use of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to manage behavior and provide reinforcement, enables the children who participate to make progress.

Activities include music, art, drama, dance, movement and sports. Parents will supply lunch. Snacks will be provided and special diets will be honored.

For more info go to http://snacknyc.com/mini-holiday-program



893 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10025

Scott Randall, 212-222-9575

Free School Holiday Vacation Respite

ages 14 and up with mild to moderate developmental disabilities



460 W. 34th St. NY, NY 10001

YAI LINK 212-273-6182

School holiday group respite, limited transportation provided.

Children ages 6-18 with developmental disabilities


Did I miss something (camp-wise, people, camp-wise)? Please add it in the comments section.

  1. Karel
    February 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Oh and cost is $95 a day

  2. Karel
    January 24, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    The 92ndStY offers a great program – swimming, cooking, arts and crafts, sports etc. Part of the Nesher program. Come for the week or by the day!

    • January 24, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Karel, do you happen to have any contact info for the program? Also, do you know a ballpark cost for a day or week over break? Thanks!

    • Sandra Goldberg
      January 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm


      Is there a telephone or email contact person/number for the Nesher program at the 92nd Y where we can find out more about the program?



      • Karel
        February 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

        Sorry about the delay in responding. Call Melanie Mandel, leave a message if she does not answer. 212 415 5626. Her email is mmandel@92Y.org

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