Kingsway has evolved since its founding in 1966, growing and expanding services to better meet the needs of children and their families. The original program began with The Camden County Section of the New Jersey Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (ACLD) and featured a five-morning per week nursery school program at a nearby church.
By 1973, it was apparent that Kingsway needed a place to call its own. After breaking away from the New Jersey ACLD to become more responsive to the needs of South Jersey, Kingsway purchased the St. Mary of the Angels building in Haddonfield, and opened its Early Intervention Program soon after.
In the coming years, Kingsway became a well-respected private, special education school with an excellent staff and cutting-edge technology. From 1987 through 2001, Kingsway boasted seven regional and national “Educators of the Year,” and in 1997 became the first private, special education school to have a technology plan approved.
In 2004, the dream of a Secondary Program became a reality as Kingsway at Moorestown opened its doors to serve students ages 14 to 21. Families of students with disabilities begin planning for the transition into young adults when their children reach the age of 14. A quality transition plan assists the student with making a successful transition from school to work, continued education, and/or community living. This process requires a significant amount of collaboration between parents, community agencies and adult program providers and is facilitated by Kingsway’s Social Workers.
Kingsway’s new mission is to continue these services for individuals beyond the age of 21. As students enter adulthood, we want to support them in this journey. We hope this dream can soon become a reality, just as the Secondary Program did in 2004.