Valley Forge Educational Services

Guiding Children and Young Adults to Independence


  • Housing, Support Services and Social Opportunities for Young Adults and Their Families
    Thursday, October 15
    7:00 – 9:00 pm
    VFES Activities Center

    Join us for a resource fair featuring an array of professional resource organizations that specialize in providing services to adults with special needs. Providers include residential service providers, advocates, special needs financial planning experts and organizations that provide recreational and social activities for adults with special needs, 21 years of age and older. In addition, there will be many opportunities for families to network with each other. All ages and abilities are welcome.

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Welcome to Valley Forge Educational Services

Valley Forge Educational Services (VFES) offers a wide variety of educational services focused on guiding children and young adults to independence. VFES provides school and summer programs, transition skills programming and clinical-consultation services for children and young adults, 2–21 years of age, with special needs and learning challenges. Through its programs—The Luma Center for Development and Learning, Summer Matters, The Vanguard School and Vanguard Transition Center—VFES offers direct services to young people as well as professional development and support to families, schools and community organizations. For more than 50 years, VFES has been dedicated to improving special education through innovative programs and research-based practices.
The Luma Center is where families find support and services for children, 2–12 years of age, with developmental or learning challenges. The Luma Center offers center-based individual speech-language and occupational therapies, early intervention services and therapeutic preschool programs. Additionally, The Vanguard School's Pre-K/K and K/1 classrooms are housed at The Luma Center.
Summer Matters offers educational and recreational programming for young people, 5–21 years of age, with learning challenges and special needs. Programs include Summer Voyagers, Summer L.I.F.E., two ESY programs and respite programs, all of which build on campers’ interests to help them succeed, learn and grow.
The Vanguard School is an Approved Private School providing programs for and licensed to accept students, 4–21 years of age, with a Pennsylvania Department of Special Education exceptionality of autism, speech-language disorders, emotional disturbance and/or other health impairment (OHI).
As part of The Vanguard School, The Vanguard Transition Center offers post-secondary education, career preparation and social and daily living skills development to young adults, 18–21 years of age, with a Pennsylvania Department of Special Education exceptionality.
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Valley Forge Educational Services is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, age, religion, national origin or disability in its activities, admissions, programs or employment practices.

Valley Forge Educational Services is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible in accordance with the law.

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  • September Screenings at The Luma Center

    Our small therapeutic programs offer active participation and practice through an activity-based model that helps children develop the skills needed to get ready for larger groups and school experiences. Groups are led by credentialed occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists; therapeutic academic classrooms are instructed by certified special education teachers with close collaboration with occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.

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