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The Arc's Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families hosted second annual Family Fun Day on Friday, June 24

On Friday, June 27, 2011, The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families, a program of The Arc of Somerset County, celebrated the summer with a Family Fun Day. Included in the day’s events were pony rides, a petting zoo, a moon bounce, water games and craft activities.

Many of the children attending the event participate in New Jersey’s Early Intervention Program (EIP) which provides services and supports to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. One of the goals of EIP is to incorporate therapeutic activities into a child’s daily routine. Fun activities that also had a therapeutic value included using balance and muscles to ride a pony, using motor planning skills to bounce in the moon bounce and using sensory skills to feel different fur/feather textures.

Parents had the opportunity to meet and network with each other and to learn about the supports and services provided by The Arc of Somerset County.

Representatives from community programs were on-hand in The Arc’s Family Support Center to provide program information and answer questions. Programs included: The Arc of New Jersey, Somerset County Case Management Unit, Family Support Center, Somerset County Service Coordination Unit and Parents and Children Together.

The Arc of Somerset County began providing educational and childcare services to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the early 1970’s. In 1976 The Arc was able to consolidate all children’s services into one building -The Jerry Davis Center for Children and Families, which is located in Manville, NJ.

View photos of the day's fesitivities here:

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