Programs INC.

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


A diverse selection of our programs will be adapted for inclusive environments for those with diverse abilities. 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, Associate Executive Director of Programs at


Starfish (Special Needs Swim Lessons)

Ages: 6-14

Ratio 1:6

In The Starfish class is designed for children with moderate to severe neurological, physical, and social challenges. The program is supervised by hands-on instructors who will teach swimming and exercise to do with children in the water while accompanied by a parent/guardian.  

Saturday: 11:35-12:05am

Member: $116 Non-Member: $188


AGES 2-3

Let your child’s inner ballerina or ballerino shine! Children will learn the basic fundamentals and movements of ballet. They will enjoy music and making new friends in this exciting dance environment.


Member: $82 Non-Member: $113

Beginner Guitar 

AGES: 6-9 & 10-12

This is the perfect class for first time guitarists who are eager to learn how to play. In small group lessons, we will learn how to play notes, chords, and basic tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own guitar to lessons.

Saturday: 9:30-10:15am (6-9) or 10:15-11:00am (10-12)

Member: $82 Non-Member: $113

Kid Fit 

AGE: 7-13

We hide the fitness in fun in our Exergame Room. Each week children will partake in an organized exercise class improving the mind with memory and coordination, and body through agility and strength. Team building, and socialization in a healthy environment are promoted to ensure adoption of future healthy activities with others.

Thursday: 5:30-6:30pm

Saturday: 10:00-11:00am

Sunday: 9:00-10:00am

Member: $84 Non-Member: $118 

Mixed Media 

Ages: 13+

Mixed Media is an art class that goes beyond arts and crafts. We will experiment with mediums such as clay, acrylic, watercolor, graphite and learn different techniques. By the end of the session, you will have completed projects that look like they came from a professional. No prior art experience necessary.

Monday: 7:30-8:15pm

Member: $96 Non-Member: $126


Programs INC. provides an opportunity for children and adults with special needs to enroll in designated classes that are enriched with Inclusion Specialists who are selected according to the specific needs of those taking each 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 from our press conference and to learn more about Programs INC.