Please not that all Block Institute school programs will be closed for election day, including the after school respite camp (staff are to report for a staff development day)
All other Block Institute programs are open and back to the regular schedule

All Day and Education Programs are closed tomorrow Friday 11/2/2012. All admin and support staff are expected to report to their program sites.

We anticipate fully reopening Monday 11/5/2012

Thank you for your patience and support


Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Here are some fun crafts that kids can make for mom or grandma. One idea is from Debbie Scaccio, Arts & Crafts Specialist at the Block Institute. Try them out and let us know how it goes

Check out these fun flower crafts for kids that are perfect for spring! Fun decorating a t-shirt, to floral hangers and a paper flower bouquet, your child will love these easy crafts.

We want to highlight the Grand Prize Winner from this year’s Art Expo! Congratulations to Patricia Williams, who painted "Tropical Island."

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This year, our Art Expo theme was “My Favorite Things,” and we had some amazing art to show! The Expo was held in the halls of our Bay 44th Street location. We’ve just uploaded a few of the great pieces that were on display – take some time to check them out and leave comments and feedback!

Block Institute added 11 new photos to the album: Art Expo 2011.

Although the weather in NYC may not lead you to believe it, spring is here! Check out some spring-time ideas from to get you in the mood. If you try any of these crafts or recipes, let us know how they turn out

Do you know the origins of ‘spring fever’ or why bunnies are associated with Easter? See how much you know about spring.

Have you heard about our Pals with Paws program? You can learn a little more about Chuckie and Chester in this PEOPLE Pets article:

Two black Labs help developmentally disabled children and adults socialize at a Brooklyn school offers seven ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday with your family. Do you have any other great ideas?

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, the last feast day before Lent begins, and the height of Mardi Gras. It's a celebration of excess, and a day where anything goes. Our

Block Institute offers several unique programs that enable us to enhance the educational, developmental and therapeutic services we provide to children with special needs from ages three through eight years and adults with developmental disabilities who are over age 18.

You can learn more about these programs on our website, online here:

Gina Maranga, director of program operations at Block Institute in Brooklyn, offers advice on how to select the best summer camp for a child with special needs.
One child was tied to a fence with a sweatshirt while classmates watched in the schoolyard, another ended up in the hospital due to alcohol being slipped into a drink at lunch, and a third was force-fed dog food by peers. They all had a form of…

Brooklyn Eagle published an article about The Brightest Star Gala:

The Brightest Star Gala, which honors individuals with developmental disabilities age 18 and older, was held on Saturday, January 29 at Block Institute, dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with developmental disabilities and their families.

Block Institute's Brightest Star, Aman Khaja, and Miss New York, Claire Buffie, were featured on FOX's Good Day Street Talk! See the segment online here:…/about_us/st…/street-talk-feb-5-2011

Street Talk, Feb. 5, 2011,

We had a wonderful time at the Brightest Star Awards Gala on Saturday night! Thank you to everyone who made it. And a big congratulations to our winner, Aman Khaja! We'll post pictures soon.

Inclement weather update, January 27: All Block Institute programs are closed today

The Brightest Star Gala is this Saturday! Celebrity judges include Mo’ Bounce of Z100 and Joanne Fowler of PEOPLE magazine. The gala will conclude with a special performance by FLAME. Who plans to attend?