The Child's Place

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs

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Our Garden Club
Our Garden Club

Read and Play
Read and Play

Books and Toys
Books and Toys

Sibshop Workshop, Discussion
Sibshop Workshop, Discussion

Sibshop Workshop, Demonstration
Sibshop Workshop, Demonstration

Parent Information Center
Parent Information Center
The Child's Place for Children With Special Needs

At Brooklyn Public Library, there's a place where all children can relax, play and have fun. We provide unique programs for children with and without disabilities from birth to age 12.

Read more about Universal Design at the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.

Flatlands
2065 Flatbush Avenue
at Avenue P
voice: 718-253-4948
TTY: 718-253-5034

Greenpoint
107 Norman Avenue
at Leonard Street
718-349-8504
B43 or B62 towards Norman Ave
G train Nassau Ave exit

Red Hook
7 Wolcott Street at
Dwight Street
718-935-0203 

Saratoga
8 Thomas S. Boyland Street
at Macon Street
718-573-5293
B7 towards Macon Street
J train Halsey street exit

Sunset Park
5108 4th Avenue
at 51st Street
718-567-2806

Programs

Fostering an inclusive environment, this unique Brooklyn resource opens its doors to all children, parents, caregivers, and educators. Join us at one of our many free programs:

Programs for Teens
  • Legos in the Library, an afternoon of Lego projects. For teens ages 12+ with or without disabilities. Legos in the Library! (PDF)

  • Gaming for All! Check out our new Adaptive Gaming Arcade for teens with and without disabilities. Gaming for All! (Word Doc) Last Saturday of each month

  • Adaptive Teen Time Teens withand without disabilities get together at the library for games, music, art and more! Adaptive Teen Time (Word Doc)

Child's Place for Children with Special Needs Brochure (PDF)

To request additional quantities of Brooklyn Public Library's "The Child's Place" brochures for distribution, please fill out this Brochure Request Form (PDF). The brochures and the shipping are free. 

Volunteers

  • Reading Troubadours read to children in medical clinics, giving them free RIF books to keep.
  • Young Adult Leaders help with crafts and gardening programs or assist behind the scenes.

Volunteer opportunities are open to all, including young adults with developmental disabilities. Call for other volunteer opportunities.

Resources

Parent Information Center at Flatlands Library offers a wide array of books, book-and-CD sets, and other resources on exceptional parenting, as well as as resources for and about children and teens with special needs. Parents, family members, caregivers, and professionals who work with children may also benefit from our selection of magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, and CDs. Some materials are available in alternative formats.

Kindergarten Admission Process

Children's Mental Health Resources

Special Education Resources

Facilities

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs is located in five barrier-free BPL libraries. Our equipment makes the library experience accessible to children with different abilities. Cube chairs, mats for floor play, positioning cushions, and adaptive toys are available. For information about adaptive technology, please call 718-253-4948.

Internet Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Big Apple Oranges

Disability Related Information for Children and Teens (Word Doc)

Learning Disabilities Association

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities

New York City Department of Education - Division of Students With Disabilities and English Language Learners

Reading Rockets

Sibling Support Resource Wiki

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

Veteran's Resource  Guide by Veteran's Mental Health Coalition of New York City and The Vetran's Health Alliance of Long Island

Our Generous Sponsors

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library's Division of Library Development. Additional funding is provided by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the Elsam Fund, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Stop & Stor, the Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, The Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Inc., as well as through endowment funds established by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund and the Ilma F. Kern Foundation.