The Child's Place

The Child's Place for Children (and Teens) With Special Needs

At Brooklyn Public Library, there's a place where all children can relax, play and have fun. We provide unique programs for children and teens with and without disabilities.

Read more about Universal Design at the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs.

Fostering an inclusive environment, this unique Brooklyn resource opens its doors to all children, parents, caregivers, and educators. Join us at one of our many free programs:

Children Ages 0-5
Kids Ages 5-12
Teens and Young Adults Ages 12-23
  • Legos in the Library, an afternoon of Lego projects. For teens ages 12+ with or without disabilities.
  • Universal Makerspace, an accessible space for experimenting and hanging out, where teens can innovate, create and make something great!
  • Accessible Gaming Arcade Check out our new Adaptive Gaming Arcade for teens with and without disabilities.
Students of All Ages
Parents, Caregivers, and Teachers
  •  Parenting Workshops provide a forum for discussion of topical issues. Guest experts speak on education, advocacy, discipline, medical issues, language development, and many other topics.
  • One-to-One Expert Assistance Now Available! Many situations require the assistance of an expert.  We can provide one-to-one help for you and your child with:

    • Individualized Education Program (IEP) process
    • Early childhood services and programs 
    • Transition planning 
    • Transportation issues
    • Navigating systems, including Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health, and others
    • Camps, after school, and other community resources

To request additional quantities of Brooklyn Public Library's "The Child's Place" brochures for distribution, please fill out this Brochure Request Form (PDF). The brochures and the shipping are free. 

Volunteers

  • Reading Troubadours read to children in medical clinics, giving them free RIF books to keep.
  • Young Adult Leaders help with crafts and gardening programs and/or assist behind the scenes.

Volunteer opportunities are open to all, including young adults with developmental disabilities. Call for other volunteer opportunities.

Resources

Parent Information Center at Flatlands Library offers a wide array of books, book-and-CD sets, and other resources on exceptional parenting, as well as as resources for and about children and teens with special needs. Parents, family members, caregivers, and professionals who work with children may also benefit from our selection of magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, and CDs. Some materials are available in alternative formats.

Children's Mental Health Resources

www.nami.org - National Alliance on Mental Health 

Special Education Resources
Resources for Teens and Young Adults
Facilities

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs is located in five barrier-free BPL libraries. Our equipment makes the library experience accessible to children with different abilities. Cube chairs, mats for floor play, positioning cushions, and adaptive toys are available. For information about adaptive technology, please call 718-253-4948.

Internet Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Big Apple Oranges

Learning Disabilities Association

National Dissemination Center for Children With Disabilities

New York City Department of Education - Division of Students With Disabilities and English Language Learners

Reading Rockets

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

Our Generous Sponsors

The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs is partially funded by Coordinated Outreach Library Services aid from the New York State Education Department, administered by the State Library’s Division of Library Development. Additional funding is provided by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, the ELSAM Fund, Stop & Stor Charitable Fund and through endowment funds established by The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund and the Ilma F. Kern Foundation.

The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs

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Our Garden Club
Our Garden Club

Read and Play
Read and Play

Books and Toys
Books and Toys

Sibshop Workshop, Discussion
Parent Workshop, Discussion

Sibshop Workshop, Demonstration
Sibshop Workshop, Demonstration

Parent Information Center
Parent Information Center

Flatlands
2065 Flatbush Avenue
at Avenue P
voice: 718-253-4948
TTY: 718-253-5034

Greenpoint
107 Norman Avenue
at Leonard Street
718-349-8504

Red Hook
7 Wolcott Street at
Dwight Street
718-935-0203
B61 towards Red Hook
 

Saratoga
8 Thomas S. Boyland Street
at Macon Street
718-573-5293

Sunset Park
5108 4th Avenue
at 51st Street
718-567-2806
R train exit at 53rd Street