History, Vision, and Mission
In 1954, the vision of a small group of parents convinced an entire community to support the development of a school and therapy center for their children with disabilities which was incorporated as Morris County Society for Crippled Children & Adults, Inc. Then, in 1968 the organization changed its name to The Easter Seal Society of Morris County. By 1976, the organization had developed comprehensive therapy and educational programs, providing services for 225 children from Morris County. On February 27, 1991 the Board of Trustees voted to become an independent organization and changed its name to The Children’s Center for Therapy and Learning, 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 in 2005, nearly doubling its size and expanding its geographic service area. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, and to honor longtime board member and benefactor, Patti Chambers, the center was renamed P.G. Chambers School.
Our vision is to become a regional center of excellence through the provision of model services, training, technology, consultation and advocacy, using our education and developmental experience and expertise, and our belief in the limitless possibilities for the children and families we serve.
The mission of P.G. Chambers School is to be a leader in the education and development of children with disabilities increasing the children’s confidence in their individual abilities, preparing them to engage in the community, and expanding their capacity to lead full, productive lives.
By working cooperatively, diligently, and thoughtfully, we will maintain an organizational culture that values:
• Providing our community with the very best services for children with disabilities by seeking quality
in everything we do;
• Showing respect for the children and families we serve, and for our colleagues with whom we work and grow;
• Supporting creativity in our thinking, and innovation in our solutions;
• Pursuing professional and personal growth every day, rewarding excellence and celebrating accomplishments;
• Taking pride in our organization, its uniqueness, flexibility and capacity for change;
• Showing ambition first and foremost for the cause, the organization, and the work;
• Being accountable for delivering results, disciplined in our thinking and actions; and responsible to the community that supports us.