What We Do

After School/Summer Support/Extended Day Services

The Kennedy Center Individualized Support Services area addresses the individual and community based, year round interests and needs of children, teens and young adults with special needs. Skilled professionals and/or volunteers can provide services individually or in groups.

The following Services and Programs are offered:
After School Support Services

Bridgeport Lighthouse Program

A partner in the Bridgeport Lighthouse program, we enable children to be more successful in typical after school programs. The Kennedy Center can help children with disabilities or at risk be more successful with their social skills, behavior and homework at participating Lighthouse After School sites.

Participants must be a resident of Bridgeport. Requests for support services are completely voluntary at no extra cost to families.

For participating sites, please contact the Lighthouse Office at 203-576-7252 or The Kennedy Center Youth and Family Services Coordinator at 203-612-6111 or email.

Summer Camp Support Services

A partner with the Lakewood/Trumbull YMCA's Camp Tepee, The Kennedy Center has been providing individual support services through a care of professionally supervised volunteers. Parents are responsible for camp fees however specialized support services are provided at no additional cost.

For information, please call The Kennedy Center Childrens Services at 203-332-4535, Ext. 265 or email.

Recreation/Social Groups

These group programs are open to teens and young adults with disabilities, ages 12-21 interested in making new friends. Typical peer role models often participate in group offerings. In-house and community-based recreation, socialization and educational activities are offered. Groups are designed for individuals who are independent in their self-care skills and do not require intensive behavioral and/or physical intervention.

For more information, please contact The Kennedy Center Youth and Family Enrichment Services Coordinator at 203-612-6111 or email.

  • “My son is happy to do things with other children similar to him. The group gives him a place to hang out with friends, similar to him who don’t single him out for being different. He finds great happiness from going to group and makes him smile a great deal when talking with family about it. With the economy the way it is now my son is not getting the funding he used to which enabled him to attend other activities such as this program. I am grateful that this program is still running and at such a minimal fee. Without this program my son would not have a place to socialize with his friends”

    Betsy Dutton- mother of group participant for three years