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Nesher Program for Children and Teens with Developmental Disabilities / 5-16 yrs

As you think about different options for your child’s after-school recreational activities, please consider 92nd Street Y’s Nesher Program.

We have been providing programs for children with special needs for over 30 years. Our programs provide developmentally-appropriate classes that are engaging and fun and strengthen social skills.

Please note that an interview with the Director is required for all children who are new to the Nesher Program.

For more information, please contact Melanie Mandel, Nesher Director, at 212.415.5626 or email here.

The Nesher Approach

Nesher provides a series of recreation-based programs, designed to strengthen and support the social development and learning experiences of children with developmental disabilities, including neurological impairment, cognitive delays, speech and language delays, learning disabilities, PDD, Asperger's syndrome and autism. Nesher supports social skills, fine and gross motor coordination, communication and language and academic skills. Nesher is staffed with experienced teachers, specialists and teaching artists, with a 1:4 staff-to-child ratio. Nesher programs are developmentally appropriate and are engaging and fun.

Summer Camps

92Y has two summer camps for children with developmental disabilities, Camp Tova and Camp Bari Tov. For more information, see Camps for Children with Special Needs.

Find out more about all of our programs for children with special needs and meet our qualified, caring staff at


The Nesher After School Program for children with developmental disabilities is generously supported by the UJA-Federation of New York.