New Beginnings Annex
  • New Beginnings Annex

    New Beginnings Annex Programs are modeled after New Beginnings in Fairfield. These in-district programs provide the New Beginnings program including state-of-the-art education, training, therapy and support within the West Milford & North Haledon school buildings.

  • West Milford Annex

    The New Beginnings West Milford Annex opened in 2001 with one preschool classroom. The Annex is a very unique environment outside of the Fairfield campus because the students enrolled in the Annex share a space with the general education population and have inclusion opportunities right in the building where their classrooms are housed. Currently, New Beginnings has three locations in West Milford, The Maple Road Elementary, Apshawa Elementary, and Macopin Middle School, altogether there are five classrooms and approximately 30 students and 25 staff. What makes the Annex an exceptional place is how the students are able to participate in the daily activities and events that take place in the public school. The NB Annex students have access to their typical peers during special events, lunch, recess, and assemblies. These five classrooms are modeled on typical classrooms in a general education setting; however, utilize techniques and methods that are found in the New Beginnings Curriculum. Like our Fairfield campus, we use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, and Sensory Integration. We also engage the students using Scott Foresman Reading Street, science, and social studies, and we make use of Envison Math and the Touch Math program. Each of the students are engaged in an appropriate curriculum program that suit their cognitive ability and individual needs that are outlined in the child’s IEP.

    Along with having extensive inclusion opportunities, the Annex program has Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists on staff. The Annex provides parent in-service trainings and several times a year to help families address issues in the home and in the community. We also provide the Annex students with activity nights throughout the year.  These activity nights give the students a chance to socialize with all the other Annex students by participating in games, dances, sports, and movie nights. 

  • North Haledon Annex

    The newest addition to the New Beginnings Annex programs is the North Haledon Preschool Disabled class, located in the Pre-K through 4th Grade Memorial Elementary School on Squaw Brook Road. This annex classroom started with 3 students (ages 3-4) in September, 2014 and has grown to 6 students by February, 2015. The students are all residents of North Haledon and surrounding districts. The students receive approximately 2 hours of 1:1 discrete trial teaching every day, as well as their related services (Speech, OT, PT). The majority of the day the students partake in typical preschool activities where they are given the opportunity to learn age-appropriate academic, play, social, and self-help skills in small and large group settings. The academic curriculum this Preschool class utilizes is the same one the North Haledon District uses, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, by Teaching Strategies for Early Childhood. It is a forward-thinking, comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum resource that honors children’s creativity and respects their critical role in making learning exciting and relevant for every child. In addition, the students get to attend and participate in all school-wide assemblies with their typical peers for a variety of purposes. There are also opportunities for the Preschool students to interact with Memorial School’s other Pre-K and Kindergarten classes for special activities and on the school playground during recess times.