Respite Services for Children

Respite Services for Children

Preschool: School Day Respite
Preschool children, ages 3-5 who are eligible for OPWDD respite services can receive on-site respite services before or after attending their special education program. The program is in operation from 7:00 am – 6:00 pm. Generally, the number of respite hours range between 1 and 3 hours daily.

Jawonio School Age Care (JSAC)
JSAC is an after school care program for children with disabilities ages 5 through 11. It is open Monday through Friday on school days only, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, with early arrival available at 2:30 pm.
Rates: $5.00 per hour
*FREE for children who have OPWDD approval for hourly respite.

Saturday Respite
Held one Saturday a month in our state of the art facility, this five hour program is for children ages 3 to 12. The program runs from 10:00-3:00 and includes outdoor play, small group and individual activities and crafts in a safe, nurturing environment led by experienced staff. This is an integrated program for typically developing and disabled children. There is no fee for OPWDD respite approved children. A sliding scale fee is in place for others.

Saturday Autism Respite
Designed to meet the needs of children diagnosed with autism, ages 3 to 7. Classes are small, with a maximum of 6 children grouped by age and developmental level. The program runs three Saturdays per month, from 9:30 am-1:30 pm, and includes creative social activities that help children with ASD's better develop coping and interactive skills with others. Attendees will be rotated through the program on a schedule of two consecutive Saturdays per month, allowing for a higher level of consistency and familiarity. This program also runs simultaneously with Vacation Respite.
*Children must be OPWDD eligible to attend this program.

School Vacation Respite
A lovely recreational program awaits your child during the winter and spring school breaks (subject to scheduling). Available for typical developing and disabled children ages 5 (kindergarten) to 12, the program includes music, art, group activities, outdoor play (weather permitting). This program provides working parents with a safe, nurturing environment for their children during the school vacation. As scheduling allows, the program runs for 5 days, from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm.

There is no fee for OPWDD eligible children.
*For all other children, the fee is $10 per day.

Please note, advanced reservation required for all respite programs.

For more information:

Heidi McCarthy
845 708-2000 x3255

About us

We provide care for thousands of children and adults with special needs each year.

Our mission

Jawonio is a registered 501c3 organization and the premier provider of lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions. 

Jawonio is dedicated to advancing the independence, well-being, and equality of people with disabilities and special needs.