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All of the elements that are needed to make a spectacular summer at Harbor Haven were in place for the 2013 season--our 17th fabulous summer of providing comprehensive programming for children ages 3-15 with mild special needs! We had a stupendous staff, wonderful weather, fabulous facilities, popular programming and of course, the most unbelievably awesome children--the most important ingredient! They truly made the sun shine each and every day. We thank the parents who gave their children this incredible summer gift.

We have now begun the joyous task of preparing for the 2014 season. Every year we add to and change our program to keep Harbor Haven a dynamic and ever-improving and evolving place so that we can provide a stellar experience for children. The summer of 2014 will be no exception. We look forward to keeping you informed throughout the year about our new ideas that will be put into effect for our 18th summer.

Throughout the summer, and after, parents, professionals and campers give us lots of feedback. Their words express better than we can, the benefit of a “Harbor Haven” summer.

“I am Joseph’s private speech therapist. I just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know how very impressed I am with your program. When I see Joseph after camp, he is so happy he can barely contain himself. Your daily log of activities has been very helpful to encourage him to engage in conversation about his day”

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to work at Harbor Haven again this summer. I am honored to be a part of the mission of your camp and to have a chance to help our campers believe in themselves. I hope I have the privelege of working with you again in the future!“

“I wanted to THANK YOU for another awesome summer. Alex is sad to be done but has already said he can’t wait until next summer. He’s grown up so much with you (all the while having the best time); it means the world to me.“

“Thank you for the awesome summer Robyn!!!! Best summer camp ever!!! I will miss you but I will see you next summer. Love Colin” (a camper)

Our state-renowned and certified program is also accredited by the American Camp association. The ACA is the national body which endorses programs that comply with the very strictest of codes and regulations and have passed their rigorous inspection. In addition, we meet and surpass the standard of the state and local health departments which make us a safe and healthy environment for your children.

Some of the elements that make up a quality program are staffing, activities and facility. We are fortunate to attract many experienced and caring professionals who return summer after summer. In addition, our college and graduate level students come from numerous institutions within and outside of New Jersey. They are carefully selected and most are pursuing careers in special education or a therapeutic area.

Our facility combines the best of the outdoor world with the comfort of a modern, bright, and air-conditioned inside setting. The 8-acre private school site is perfectly compatible with the needs of our children and provides great indoor space for rainy days.

The Harbor Haven program is comprised of many diverse activities covering a broad array of skill sets for the children to master. Two unique features of Harbor Haven are the daily academic period and the social skills training your child will receive.  Keep in mind also, that we have group sensory-motor and speech for children ages 3-9 and individual speech and occupational therapy available for all ages.

 In addition to our core program, we hold special event days, trips, and special workshops and we bring in lots of outside entertainment. Hardly a day goes by when one division or another doesn’t have a unique activity going on.

Harbor Haven is especially known for our ages 3-5 programming.  “Bright Beginnings,” our
3-5 year old division, is uniquely constructed to provide mildly delayed young children with a comprehensive approach that addresses all of their issues. Parents and professionals know that the earlier we work on a child’s needs, the more likely he/she will “catch up” with typical peers.

As in previous summers, our division age groups will be as follows:

Bright Beginnings:

3 and 4 year olds

Either Mini Day (9:00 am-1:30 pm) with up to 4
afternoon e
xtensions available, click HERE or
Full Day (9:00 am-3:40 pm)

5 year olds

Full Day (9:00 am-3:40 pm)


6 and 7 year olds

Full Day (9:00 am-3:40 pm)


8 and 9 year olds


10 and 11 year olds


12 & 13 year olds


14 & 15 year olds

Transportation is available, in most cases, except for the afternoon 1:30 pm dismissal time for 3 and 4 year olds who attend from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm. Please click for information about extended hours in our Harbor Watch program for 3 & 4 year olds or Before or after Care for 5-15 year olds. Weekly trips are provided for 10 to 15 year olds. For some quick handy facts about Harbor Haven, click Here

Office Mailing Address: 470 Prospect Avenue, Suite 203B, West Orange, NJ 07052
Tel 908-964-5411; Fax 908-964-0511 (Year round numbers)
Address during the Summer Season only:
1418 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052

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