Programs Inc.

For the very first time we will be bringing inclusionary program opportunities for children and adults with special needs ages 4-104. INCluded in a selection of regularly scheduled class will be INC identified offerings which allows for everyone’s participation. Together, they will learn, play, interact, and socialize with others. 


A diverse selection of our current and ongoing programs will be adapted for inclusive environments. We will have specialized attention available in these classes, which will have a low participant to instructor ratios with staff members who are trained in special needs. Look for the classes labeled with 

For more information please contact: Amy Costa, Senior Program Director at


  • Ballet/Tap (Ages 4-5)
  • Healthy Little Chefs (Ages 5-8)
  • Gymnastics Beginner (Ages 5-8 & 9-12)
  • Exergame (Ages 7-13)
  • Teen Painting (Ages 13-17)
  • Adult Martial Arts Beginner (18+)


January will kick off the first ever programming for multi-ability participants in the Meadowlands Y Programs INC. classes. Programs INC. will provide an opportunity for children and adults with special needs to enroll in designated classes enriched with Inclusion Specialists selected according to the specific needs of those taking the class.
A huge thank you to Patrick Mc Gowan of the Loretta Mc Gowan Foundation for making an incredible lead donation. The Loretta Mc Gowan Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to foster research and educational efforts to help people with Down Syndrome, created in honor of brothers Patrick, Martin, and Tommy Mc Gowan's beloved, Aunt Loretta. In less than ten years, the charity raised over one million dollars, which has been largely allocated toward the education field.
We can’t wait to get started and make a positive difference in our community for those of all ages! Please click here to read the entire press release about yesterday's press conference and to learn more about Programs INC.
Watch WMBC's coverage of our press conference event below.