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Providing Our Learners With The Tools To Create a Successful Future

Mission Statement

The professional staff at Northwest Essex Therapeutic School and Preschool is committed to the progressive education and personal empowerment of special needs children with developmental disabilities. We seek to help students realize their fullest potential and offer hope for a bright and productive future!



The petting zoo visits our school every October.  This gives students  an opportunity to spend time interacting with animals.  They also set up a pumpkin patch on the side lawn filled with pumpkins for each students to decorate and take home.

Holiday Concert

Every holiday season, we host a holiday concert performed by our students.  Families and friends are invited to enjoy the festivities!

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Field Trip to Lifetown

Throughout the year, our students and staff go on several field trips.  This includes trips to Lifetown, Turtle Back Zoo, and bowling.

Valentine's Dance

We hold many celebrations here at NECHNTSPS.  Our Halloween Parade, Fall  Harvest and Valentine's Day Dances, holiday celebrations and Dr. Seuss week are just a few of the activities students are engaged in.

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All of the students at NECHNTSPS have the opportunity to have fun, splash about and, most importantly, learn the skill of swimming which will last a lifetime.

Agency Message On Racial Injustice

Following the death of George Floyd, our country has been involved in a painful examination of our collective conscience regarding racial injustice in America. Among the questions that arise are: How does a tragic event such as this happen in modern day America? What changes do we need to stop events like this from becoming a continuing part of our history? How do we ensure that persons of color are afforded the respect, rights and dignity that we all expect as residents of this country?

At Northwest Essex we fully support this ongoing examination of our social system and will do our part to ensure that members of our black community as well as those who are oppressed or marginalized are heard and treated fairly and equitably. We deplore the senseless acts of violence which have occurred and racism in any form. As a provider of behavioral health and special education services for more than 60 years, Northwest Essex has been committed to social justice and compassion for persons with disabilities. Now at this time, our Agency expresses the same commitment to those who have not been provided with equality and inclusion in our society.

One of our Agency’s core values is to demonstrate an awareness of, respect for and attention to the cultural diversity of the people with whom we interact. Toward this Northwest Essex strives to make our workplace sensitive to and inclusive of persons served and employees from all cultures.

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