Waterford Country School Therapeutic Boarding Program (Connecticut)
Waterford Country School Therapeutic Boarding Program in rural Connecticut serves boys ages 11-17 from around the country who have social, emotional, behavioral, and learning differences.
Waterford Country School is a nonprofit agency serving children and families since 1922. In 2009, we adopted Cornell University’s CARE model. Our partnership with Cornell University is designed for families of children with challenges seeking another route to personal and academic success.
Together with a highly dedicated and skilled staff, Board of Trustees, and many friends in the community, they have developed an extensive array of programs. They are committed to the spirit of doing “Whatever It Takes.” Waterford Country School works hard to ensure that each child entrusted to their care is allowed to grow, learn, and develop at his or her own pace.
‘Where Everybody is Somebody’ is a common daily phrase if you visit Waterford Country School – this is an extraordinary place. Every day staff does “whatever it takes” to help children and families in need. Through residential programs, family-based programs, education programs, and community support programs, they offer diverse services to children of all ages. The kids are the reason they exist.
Waterford Country School holds as its core value interpersonal relationships based upon respect, compassion, and hope among all persons at all levels. WCS focuses on developing a team of staff who possess the skills and talents to establish caring relationships with children and families, leading towards positive change and enhancing their overall well-being.
For over 90 years, Waterford has operated on behalf of children and families, but since 2009 when they discovered Cornell University’s program model – Children And Residential Experiences (CARE), their value system shifted and grounded itself into the change-inducing practice they stand by today. CARE is a multi-level program model for improving children’s services in out-of-home care. Based on six guiding principles, the CARE model is designed to profoundly influence how residential childcare professionals think about working with children.
CARE principles include being:
- Family Focused
- Competence Centered
- Ecologically Oriented
Waterford County School Therapeutic Boarding Program – The Therapeutic Boarding School Just for Boys Who are Struggling
Discover real help for your boy on the autism spectrum or if he has social, emotional, behavioral, or learning differences. From around the country, boys come here to learn to succeed. Master’s level therapists lead the children in intensive individual, group, and family therapy. Their Clinical team is skilled in treating adolescents with a variety of challenges.
Waterford believes all children want to succeed. If they are not successful in the classroom or at home, Waterford wants to help. This is their approach to caring for children. Their goal is to create an environment that fosters positive change, growth, and a pattern of successful experiences.
“This is where I learned how to ride a horse, a skill I continue to enjoy, but also learned to love computers and technology, which is now my profession. This school saved my life!” – Austin
The students are served by their Connecticut State Board of Education approved private school with classroom sizes of 5-7 students, guided by Certified Special Education teachers, and arranged strategically by learning style and ability.
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