What We Do

Extended School Year

Variety established the Extended School Year (ESY) Program to assist students, ages 5-21, with developmental disabilities to maintain and improve skills acquired during the school year throughout the summer months.

2019 Dates:
June 24th - August 9th

Program Components

  • High staff/student classroom ratio
  • Individualized instruction.
  • Group social skills/ socialization activities
  • Two daily reinforcement periods with activities of choice and swimming.
  • Daily use of the sensory room
  • Related Services – Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.
  • Pre-vocational activities for 14-16 year old students. Socialization activities for all students
  • Intensive supports program for students from 16-21 with high needs in behavior, communication, or personal care. Program is staffed 1:1 and includes daily packaging and assembling activities

Our ESY Program is an alternative to School District programs that may not “fit” your child’s needs for structure and consistency.

This program is offered Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM and runs for 7 weeks. Transportation is usually provided by the School District but Before and After Care is offered for additional fees, if needed.

Applications are approved following a student interview and funding approval by the School District.

7-week program – $4,420
(5 – 16 y/o)Fee includes IEP goals, and daily group socialization/skills activities.
1:1 staff available for an additional $3,250

Intensive Supports 7-week program – $7,350
(16-21 y/o) program fee (includes a 1:1) Individual sessions in Speech/ Language, Occupational, and Physical Therapy are available at the additional cost of $90/session.


To apply for this program or for more information, please call Jean Merkl at (610) 584-4366 ext. 201 or email jean.merkl@varietyphila.org

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