History, Vision, and Mission
In 1953, the wish of a small group of parents to help their children with developmental disabilities began a structured effort to meet this need. Within a year, the organization was officially incorporated as the Morris County Easter Seals Center. In that year, the organization served 69 children and had three employees. By 1977, the organization had developed comprehensive therapy and educational programs, providing services for 225 children from Morris County. At that time, the Board of Trustees voted to become an independent organization incorporated as The Children’s Center for Therapy and Learning, and disaffiliating from Easter Seals.
In 1993 the Center outgrew its Morris Plains facility and moved to the current Cedar Knolls location, a 22,000 square foot building, becoming a regional facility serving 500 children from nine counties each year. As a result of rapid organizational growth and long waiting lists for services, the organization completed an addition to the Cedar Knolls facility, nearly doubling its size. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the center was named P.G. Chambers School.
Throughout its history, P.G. Chambers School (PGCS) has responded to the needs of children and families with professional, high quality, caring services. Today, PGCS is a leader in the field of special education and therapy services for children with developmental disabilities. PGCS is credentialed as both an Approved Private School for Students with Disabilities and an Approved Clinic and Agency by the New Jersey State Department of Education and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Office of Children and Families. The school is one of the region’s most comprehensive educational and therapeutic service providers, serving 10 counties in northern New Jersey.
At P.G. Chambers School, we believe in our mission with a passion beyond all others. We see limitless possibilities for the children and families we serve, for ourselves, and for our organization and we promise to keep the needs of the children and their families foremost, as we help them achieve all that is important to them.
The P.G. Chambers School mission is to help children lead full, productive lives, develop confidence in their own abilities, and engage fully and frequently in the community.