Children's Services Services for children from 3-21 years of age

About This Program

ACLD’s Children’s Services provide a continuum of services to children from ages 3 to 21, including preschool special education services, family support respite programs, and transitioning support from school to work.

Services may be funded by local school districts, the New York State Office For People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the local Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) and Medicaid.

Get Started

Stacey Ratner, Principal, Children's Services
(631) 665-1900 Ext. 350 or

Kramer Learning Center

1428 5th Avenue 
Bay Shore, New York 11706 
Phone: (631) 665-1900 
Fax: (631) 665-1377

The Alan & Ellen Spiegel Children’s Center

Katherine Korwal, Assistant Principal  
(631) 647-9577 Ext. 232 or

67 Greenwood Road
Bay Shore, New York 11706
Phone: (631) 647-9577 
Fax: (631) 647-9585

Children’s Services for 3-5-Year-Olds

ACLD’s Preschool Education Programs at Kramer Learning Center and The Alan and Ellen Spiegel Children’s Center are designed to meet the individual needs of young children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Quality education and therapeutic services are provided during school hours by a highly trained, dedicated staff of professionals that includes: Special Educators, Speech/Language Pathologists, Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologists, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Clinical Social Workers, Social Workers, Registered Nurse, Certified Teacher Assistants, Behavior Support Specialists and Teacher Aides. Additional supports include Music and Creative Arts Therapy programs. Preschool services offered at both sites include developmental evaluations and self-contained, center-based classrooms. An additional community-based classroom, SEIS and related service providers are located within the Bay Shore School District UPK program.

Children’s Services for 5-12-Year-Olds

School Vacation & Summer Camp Respite Programs - ACLD’s Summer Camp Respite Program offers 16 children, ages 5 to 12, a place to gather with Great South Bay YMCA-Bay Shore children and support staff during the summer months.  Enrolled children participate in programs designed to foster their sense of self through engagement in activities that provide opportunities for recreational and social development.

School Vacation Camps run during the school calendar winter break and spring break in collaboration with our community partner, the Suffolk YJCC in Commack.  Twelve (12) Children (ages 5-10) are integrated into a group of participants enrolled in the YJCC Butler Special Needs Program.

The program is designed to have children, to the best of their abilities, participate in structured recreational activities, including swimming, arts and crafts, dance, cooking, gym/exercise, special events and field trips.

Both of these programs are OPWDD-funded. Participants must have a documented developmental disability, reside at home with a primary caregiver, and meet OPWDD requirements.

Additional Services

Special Education Itinerant Services – 1:1 Special Education Teacher support provided within a typical community based preschool (Bay Shore UPK).

Clinical services of Counseling, Speech, Occupational or Physical therapy provided 1:1 at a typical community-based preschool (Bay Shore UPK) or at ACLD Program sites.

Psychological and other evaluations conducted in areas of a suspected delay or disability for the purpose of establishing eligibility for preschool special education or itinerant clinical services.

In-Home Respite

Individuals over the age of three may have an ACLD Respite Counselor work with them in the home. Respite Counselors are hired and trained by ACLD. This program is funded by Medicaid waiver and an OPWDD grant. Children without Medicaid are funded by the grant. Children with Medicaid must enroll in Medicaid waiver. Typically, each family receiving in-home respite services is allotted 15 respite hours each month. Individuals and families in crisis may be allowed additional hours. 

Respite Voucher Program

Through an OPWDD grant, children without Medicaid may be eligible to hire their own Respite Counselor and be reimbursed up to $500 per year. 

For further information, please contact ACLD’s Connect Team at (516) 336-5909 Extensions 171, 242, and 370. 

New York State Education Law 2-D

NYS Education Law 2-D pertains to the unauthorized release of personally identifiable information. 

The Board of Regents adopted Part 121 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education on January 13, 2020. These rules will implement Education Law Section 2-d and provide guidance to educational agencies and their third-party contractors on ways to strengthen data privacy and security to protect student data and annual professional performance review data. The regulation went through multiple sets of revisions and three rounds of public comments and will go into effect January 29, 2020.  It will apply to both charter and traditional public schools. We thank the members of the Data Privacy Advisory Council, implementation planning and drafting workgroups that supported the Department’s Chief Privacy Officer, Temitope Akinyemi, through this process

NYS Education Law Section 2-d Inventory of Data Elements

Parent's Bill of Rights

ACLD's Children's Program is committed to protecting the privacy and security of each and every student’s data. 

Parents Bill of Rights - click here to view 

Federal Laws that Protect Students

FERPA Notification of Rights - click here to view

Data Privacy and Security Policies

Children's Services Privacy and Security - click here to view

Parent Resources
Resources that can assist parents in maintaining a reasonable level of digital privacy

Fact Sheet for Parents  From NYSED

Common Sense Kids Action Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Common Sense Media Common Sense is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Online Privacy and Safety Resources  Online privacy and safety resources from NYSED

StaySafeOnline  National Cybersecurity Alliance: Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your devices with these tips and resources.

Emergency Response Plan

Kramer Learning Center Emergency Plan - click here to view

Spiegel Children's Center Emergency Plan - click here to view

Emergency Remote Plan

Children's Services Remote Plan - click here to view

Physical Restraint Policy

Restraint Policy - click here to view

Restraint Policy - En Espaῆol - click here to view


Business Associate Agreement - Zoom Video Communications

BAA-PHIA - click here to view