Celebrating our 70th Anniversary, Mary Cariola Children’s Center is an independent not-for profit agency dedicated to evidence-based education and life skill solutions for individuals with multiple complex disabilities. Serving nearly 500 individuals and their families in our preschool, school age and residential programs, our staff uses innovate technology to unlock life-long potential.
We honor Mary Cariola and her mission as nearly 700 full and part-time staff serve student’s ages 3-21, as well as almost 50 residents in six residential homes.
Each day students travel from over 53 referring school districts from 11 surrounding counties in addition to Syracuse and Niagara Falls.
Pre-school curriculum is designed for 3-5 year-old children, offering either a half-day or full day, depending on their individual education plan (IEP). Students are referred through the County Health Department as well as by the student’s home school district.
The school age program serves students 5-21 and is designed to meet the individual needs of the students. Every classroom operates as an interdisciplinary team, combining special education with a variety of clinical and therapeutic services appropriate for the students.
All students are assigned a social worker who acts as the liaison between school and home.
We operate six residential homes across Monroe County where residents receive 24-hour care from expert direct care and clinical staff. All residents are enrolled in school or, if they are over age 21, an adult day service or work setting.
We focus on life skill development and assisting individuals in experiencing all that life and their communities have to offer. Each home provides a loving family environment in a residential setting and all residents have individual goals focusing on their independence.
Staff members complete rigorous training with the goal of enabling each resident to unlock their full potential. Family members are encouraged to participate in residential home activities and can visit, take their child home, and participate in program meetings regarding their child’s programming.
Inspiring, Empowering, Achieving. Celebrating 70 years of dedication to individuals with disabilities, their families and our staff.