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Bergen Center for Child Development

Bergen Center for Child Development is a coeducational private special needs school for students in grades Kindergarten through Total.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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Bergen Center for Child Development says

Bergen Center for Child Development was founded by parents as a non-profit school for the disabled in August 1968. Since then, BCCD has continued to offer quality programming for multiply disabled students, aged 5-21, from the local counties of northern New Jersey. A comprehensive academic school program is designed to meet the needs of students with both behavioral and cognitive needs. A token economy, social skills training and cognitive therapy are provided to ensure student’s success, administered by certified school psychologist and a certified school social worker. The school has an extensive transition program and an extended school year program is available for enrolled students, as well as those from other programs. Instruction is IEP driven, and all related services are provided accordingly. On-going program and student assessment is essential to meeting the needs of our students.


The curriculum at Bergen Center for Child Development is based on the New Jersey Common Core Standards and represents a balanced approach to learning. Students at Bergen Center will be asked to master information, be more analytical by understanding cause and effect, become active problem solvers and be more creative in their work by seeking alternatives. Students will search for goodness in the world; they will become more aware of their own thoughts and feelings, of their environment, other cultures and the thoughts and feelings of others.

Bergen Center assures that students will receive a balanced core of common learning that will enable all students to be challenged with learning experiences appropriate to their individual needs. Although the curriculum is organized by subject, the intent is for an interdisciplinary approach, which will allow deeper understandings for our students and will develop a sense of congruity. Our program will implement the school district’s IEPs and report student progress to parents and all concerned parties.

Mission Statement

The goal of Bergen Center for Child Development (BCCD) is to provide an educational program that allows each of our students to tap into their special abilities and develop their individual potential.

We reach our goal by employing an interdisciplinary approach to education, designing individual programs according to the developmental level of each student, and embedding behavior programs into the learning environment.

At BCCD we value the development of self-esteem and encourage our students to make connections with friends, staff, and members of the community. We believe that every student can become a vital member of the community and our program provides the opportunity for each of them to celebrate the thrill of success each and every day.



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Admission Requirements

Required: Other Psychometric Tests



Academic Calendar: Continuous

Student Services

Student Services
    Special Needs Services
  • The school is approved by the state of New Jersey for students with multiple disabilities. Students must be recommended by their public school child study team.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 49
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Ungraded 49

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Student Teacher Ratio 5 : 1
Average Class Size 8
Gender 65% Male / 35% Female
Dress Code Casual
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 43%
Hispanic/Latino 35%
Black or African American 20%
Asian 2%
Executive Director   Alfred C. Tgaliabue


The Art Program In our art department students learn fundamental techniques while developing unique and exciting art forms. We offer a variety of creative experiences. Projects involve hands-on activities such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, designs and mixed media. The Music Program The music department provides opportunities for students to discover and explore methods of self-expression through music. Music is also used as a tool to teach academic skills. Opportunities in both vocal and instrumental music are made available to all students. The instruments available include piano, recorder, guitar, and numerous percussion instruments. Physical Education Program Our physical education fitness program offers a variety of sports activities. We teach our students fundamental skills and sportsmanship. Some of the activities include: basketball, balloon volleyball, floor tennis, football, and floor hockey. Intramural sport tournaments are held at the end of each physical education unit. BCCD Basketball Team Bergen Center participates in a travel basketball league. These games are played with other private schools, providing students an opportunity to meet new friends. We also have a cheerleading squad that travels with the team. The basketball program encourages students to work together, practice appropriate behavior, and sportsmanship. BCCD Interact Club Bergen Center for Child Development is the first private special education non-profit school for children with disabilities to form an Interact Club in the United States. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for high school and middle school students. Bergen Center’s Interact club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northern Valley. Rotary’s official mottoes, “Service Above Self” and “One Profits Most Who Serves Best” are the foundation of the Bergen Center’s Interact Club. Through Interact, we encourage our students to give to others as part of a worldwide network of students their age. The club has focused their service on the Pascack Valley Meals on Wheels, making emergency kits for senior citizens and other projects at local nursing homes. The Spring Social The Spring Social is the culminating activity for the yearlong social skills program that is instructed by our School Social Worker, School Psychologist, and Classroom Teachers. The event is held in May at a local catering hall. A day of dancing and singing is enjoyed by all as the students practice the skills they learned during the school year.
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