Program Description

Ala Costa Centers’ non-profit after-school program for special needs offers school-aged children with developmental disabilities academic support, enrichment activities, and help to develop the skills and self-esteem that this underserved population needs for success in life. Families rely on Ala Costa to provide services that enable children with developmental disabilities to learn so that when they are in the classroom or on their own, they have the skills needed to absorb and process information.

Curriculum & Activities

Being kind and empathetic, and playing fairly are all things that make up character. Example Activity: “What Would You Do?” encourages children to question what is right and wrong in a certain situation. In this activity, children have discussions about ethical dilemmas, which teaches them how to develop positive values like honesty, fairness, and kindness, all while expressing their opinions in their own unique way.

Program targets

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Mobility Skill Training
  • Fine Arts
  • Expressive & Social Skills

How This Program Will Help Your Kid

Ala Costa Centers provide students individualized help with schoolwork, opportunities to follow their own interests, to learn about the importance of nutrition and exercise, and to establish connections with concerned and caring adults in an environment of safety. In addition, parents and family members are given support and training in dealing with the difficult issues of raising a child with developmental disabilities and navigating the system of special education.
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Jobs at Ala Costa

Ala Costa offers excellent job opportunities

Parent Testimonials

“Even though my son has been attending Ala Costa less than a year, I already cannot imagine our lives without it. Ala Costa is more than a program for my son‘s afternoons. It is the support system I have always wished for, with staff that genuinely care, very deeply, about my son and our entire family.” -Jackie, Ala Costa Parent
“Ala Costa program has done wonders for our grand daughter… She communicates with us a lot better now and her vocabulary has improved. I want to thank you for helping prepare her for the many life challenges that lie ahead of her in this big complicated world.” -Mr. and Mrs. White, Ala Costa Grandparents
“We are so grateful to the staff at ACT. They have been so good at inspiring our young people. How the staff approach different difficulties is just exceptional. Our young people are treated with kindness, respect and understanding.” -Miriam, Ala Costa Parent
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