Thanking Our Employer Partners!

In a longstanding tradition, this week local businesses and nonprofits were treated to breakfast served with a side of appreciation at our Chatham school for students with special needs.

We honored 25 area employers for opening their doors to students this school year to learn new job skills. The school gym was transformed into a cozy café, with flowers and special place settings for each employer. Students delivered short speeches thanking the employers and awarded them small plaques.

Honorees included downtown Chatham businesses: Arminio’s Pizza, Bloomers, Dance Innovations, Keller Williams, the Library of the Chathams, Sorriso Kitchen, Tons of Toys and Weichert Realty.

These partnerships are an important part of ECLC’s transition program to prepare students for life as adults after graduation.

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Chatham School Tricky Tray & Dinner Returns!

After a four-year hiatus, all are welcome to help raise funds for our Chatham school for students with autism, Down syndrome and other special needs.

The elegant evening event on Thursday, May 11, features a tricky tray auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and dinner at the lovely Birchwood Manor.


  • Time: 5:30 p.m. – Check In
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Cocktails and peruse the tricky tray items
  • 7 p.m. – Sitdown dinner and prizes announced!

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New PRIDE Center Opens in Saddle Brook!

On March 22, ECLC celebrated a major milestone with the grand opening of the new Bergen PRIDE Center in Saddle Brook to serve adults with special needs.

An overflow crowd of excited guests filled the center’s main room, including Saddle Brook Mayor Robert White; Bergen County Commissioners Mary Amoroso and Germaine Ortiz; township Planning Board Chairman James Maniscalco; ECLC Board members, staff, families and clients.

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CPS Develops Montville High School Work Study Program

After a three-year wait, Montville High School students with special needs are learning work skills in the town’s police department through a program developed by our affiliate, Community Personnel Services (CPS)!

The program was approved back in 2020, but the pandemic caused a long delay. Finally, in January students finally began filing, completing data entry and learning other organizational skills in the department’s Records Bureau.

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