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Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in classes at SNACK? Everything you'll need to know is covered in the sections below. If you still can't find what you're looking for, send an email to or give us a call at 212-439-9996.

Do you provide transportation? 

We do not provide transportation, however, we do offer that our site can be determined as an alternate drop off site for our Friday snacktivites session through the OFFICE of PUPIL TRANSPORTATION (OPT). Once you decide to sign up for one of these sessions, we can sign to receive your child on that day and a staff person will meet them.


Do you offer 5 days a week after-school?

We offer a variety of programming every day of the week, however, we are not a traditional after school program. The classes each day are focused on specific subjects so that participants can tailor their schedules to their own unique interests.


With regard to SNACK*tivities program – is it a drop off program?

Caregivers are welcome to stay but most are comfortable dropping off.


My child isn't toilet trained...

Children attending the SNACK* programs are given the opportunity to use the restroom during every transition. Individualized toileting schedules are honored and followed here at SNACK*. Another feature that we feel makes us unique.


Are SNACK* Program fees covered by the Medicaid waiver? 

SNACK* programs are not covered under the Medicaid waiver but so glad you have one! Our families have been successful at getting fees reimbursed under Reimbursement Programs that may reimburse them for fees incurred from SNACK*.


Manhattan Developmental Disabilities



With regard to swim lessons – do I need to get in the water with my child?

Our private swim lessons are 1:1 with instructor so you do not have to get in the water with your child.

How old does my child need to be to enroll?

SNACK* encourages families to try our programs around 3-4 years of age in order to promote social skills and get the family into the community of those with similar needs.


Why do you offer programs for older kids/teens?



Do I need to sign up for the whole semester/full days?

SNACK* offers ongoing enrollment – you can sign up once a semester has begun and fees are pro-rated by the date of enrollment. We understand the busy calendars we all have.

Are siblings welcome?

SNACK* always encourages family participation.  We know that seeing the interactions we have during classtime reinforces positive behavior and acceptance at home. Joey's brother, Andrew, has grown up with us and so have his friends.

Do you accept children out of Manhattan?

SNACK* welcomes children from all five boroughs, Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey.  We are conveniently located on East 53rd Street and can be easily accessed by public or private transportation.

Who's on your staff?

SNACK* is a combination of experts and volunteers pulled from the melting pot that is New York City.


Do you offer financial assistance?

SNACK* is a fees based program. The fees charged do not reflect the cost that is incurred to maintain the quality of the program.  We pride ourselves on our small group size, high ratio of paid staff to participants, and our wonderful program leads. However, if a family expresses the concern that they cannot cover the current fees we do our best to help and this is done on a case-by-case basis.


Can I set up a payment plan?

We are more than willing to discuss payment plan options with our families.


My child needs wheel chair access – are you equipped to handle this?

Yes our facility has an elevator as well as an ADA compliant bathroom.

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