Support the CDCH Inclusion School!

$3,505 of $500,000 goal

Raised by 28 people in 52 months
Tiny School Devoted to Special Needs Kids Needs Your Help!

There’s Only One CDCH
There is a mighty little school in the hamlet of Wainscott on the East End of Long Island.  Students are bussed from as far as 90 minutes away in order to attend the Child Development Center of the Hamptons because the mission of our school is so absolutely unique.  The shifting educational landscape has presented us with some short-term financial hurdles, and we would greatly appreciate your help. 

Originally founded in 1997 by a local parent, Dawn Zimmerman, in order to provide her autistic son, Jon, with a comprehensive social and educational program, CDCH has gone on to serve many families over the course of the last eighteen years.  We are a fully inclusive charter and preschool program that integrates children with special needs into successful learning teams with neurotypical peers.  Here are a few heartfelt testimonials from families who have been the beneficiaries of our school’s noble mission:

“When you have a school where the staff is committed to designing the curriculum  around the child and putting the student first you are bound to have a successful formula.  CDCH offered our son an alternative learning experience that was both nurturing and specifically designed for his needs.  The staff prides themselves on high academic standards, small class sizes and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Our family will eternally be grateful to the staff of CDCH for their non-wavering efforts in advocating for the needs of our son.”

 --Kirsten and William Reddan, Appreciative Parents

“CDCH is more than a school, it’s a family.  A nurturing environment where everyone is loved and everyone is accepted.  There is no experience greater than the CDCH experience.”
--Carlene Elio, Grateful Mother 

“What I love about C.D.C.H. is that whichever classroom you’re in, it's as if everybody is welcome no matter how different they might be.  Kids with special abilities can learn together with other kids by getting used to each other early.  Together they learn new things by teaching each other.  This is why I love C.D.C.H.”

--Samuel Tran, Alumnus

“I would highly recommend CDCH to any parent looking for a warm, nurturing learning environment for their child.  When the cookie-cutter, district schools failed my children, the caring, dedicated staff at CDCH went above and beyond to help pick up the pieces.  In a few short weeks, the difference in our children was amazing! They were excelling academically and socially, even showed renewed confidence. Those few years at CDCH provided a solid foundation for them to flourish even now at the public middle and high school levels!  My children still refer to CDCH as "the best school on the planet" and love to go back to visit!”

--Suzanne Schkoda, Satisfied Parent

“My daughter was very shy, had difficulty making friends and was struggling in school so I decided to try a small school setting.  She attended CDCH for 2 years and returned to her "home school" this year.  She has such self confidence and has  transitioned back a different person.  She has joined the band, made honor roll both quarters, volunteers at the animal shelter and has been in the school play!  She wasn't even nervous when all her friends were!  CDCH gave my daughter the foundation and encouragement she needed to gain her self esteem and I am so thankful we had a choice and made the right choice.”

--Kristina Reid, Proud Mom

“When I first started here, I did not know what to expect, but after all of my 5 years  here with the support of my friends and teachers, it was very exceptional.  All of the teachers were very nice and they helped me get through everything.  Even though I  dealt with rough times and even the best of times here, they have always been there for me.  Classes became fun and awesome and I was so honored to be a student  there.  I think of CDCH not just as friends but my family too because of all of the positive skills and emotions they taught us here. With much love and devotion I see that every child in the CDCH family has a bright and successful future.” 
--Joshua Elio, Alumnus

“Our family has sent four children to C.D.C.H. since 2003 and will continue to send our youngest another few years.  This family-oriented school provides a warm, safe,  inclusive environment that promotes each child's awareness of their strengths.  Every pupil progresses at their own rate.  Children who need more time may review and repeat lessons as needed with help.  Children ready and eager to move ahead have the independence to do their own research-based learning.  A rich curriculum  incorporates the fine and performing arts, physical activity and essential social and life skills into every core academic subject.  The staff, families and students at this inclusive school have cooperatively cultivated an environment where every student can improve in a supportive atmosphere.”

 --Virginia Tran, Mother of Four CDCH Students 

During its meeting on March 6th, 2015, the Charter Schools Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees granted CDCH a Full-Term Renewal of five years. CDCH believes in maintaining a small teacher-to-student ratio in order to maximize individualization and foster a sense of interconnectedness with the entire school community.  We believe that the special educator’s lens is a potential benefit to all learners.  Our mission is centered upon the preservation of dignity for all students and the belief that the classrooms our children inhabit should reflect the world they will one day be expected to join—a world where our similarities vastly outweigh our differences.

The Child Development Center of the Hamptons is a school in good academic standing in New York State. Your donation right now could help us to continue our noble work.  

Thank you. 



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CDCH's 2nd through 5th grade students and staff visit the Longhouse Reserve in Easthampton. We had the opportunity to observe some amazing artwork, gardens and sculpture. The students are in the process of submitting their own artwork to be displayed as well. Thank you to all who helped to organize and fund our trip.
Some of the fourth grade team
Enjoying our last few weeks together
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Today, CDCH 4th and 5th grade students tend to our edible garden! They worked hard pulling weeds and planting seeds.
A few of our upperclassman pose for a photo after working in the garden!
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The site had experienced some technical difficulties but is now up and running accepting donations again! Thank you for your support and please continue to share!
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Photo from 2014 Sag Harbor Halloween parade
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Chris and Seth Sahr
43 months ago
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Pam Schenck
51 months ago

A wonderful school with very dedicated teachers and para professionals. My son had the privilege of working here before deciding to go back to school to further his education in ABA.

Christos Morris
51 months ago
Jessica Evans
51 months ago

This is one of the greatest schools that I have ever worked at. I am proud and honored to say that I began my teaching career at CDCH. I learned so much through the dedicated teachers, administration, staff, and students. Thank you CDCH!

Jen Phillips
51 months ago
Kathleen Melton
51 months ago

A great school, striving to make a difference in children' s lives.

martha ball
51 months ago
Melissa & Randall Boerner
51 months ago

CDCH has been amazing to my boys. I have two boys that attend there and with the guidance of the staff at CDCH they continue to grow into fine young men. So many people question why CDCH? They make comments saying either it's so far and district is close or what is it or are they really that much different than district? We'll let me say this. Each child at CDCH is indivualized. Each child is personally looked at and has an academic plan catered to their needs. Unlike district who has an annual meeting and makes adjustments once a year. The staff at CDCH is always observing the child and making changes for them to do there best..IEP or not. My children are very fortunate to attend CDCH and if your considering your child to attend there my advice is to go see the program and you will clearly see the difference.

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