Valley Forge Educational Services

Guiding Children and Young Adults to Independence


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    Valley Forge Educational Services relies on generous friends like you to contribute to the innovative programming that benefits our wonderful students. Such programming includes our new Read to Pet Pals literacy program, offered to all Vanguard students. Students have the opportunity to read to the therapy animals in a stress-free and judgment-free environment while reaping the calming benefits of these gentle and attentive animals.

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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, 4–21 years of age, with special needs and learning challenges. Through its programs—The Luma Center, 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 home to StarPoint and StarPoint 2, The Vanguard School's Pre-K/K and K/1 classrooms, which support student's academic and therapeutic needs. Classes are taught by a certified special education teacher with integrated support from and collaboration with speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.StarPoint and StarPoint 2 utilize an academic approach to develop the core areas of literacy and numeracy as well as self-regulation, executive function and social interaction skills — strengths needed for students to transition into other learning environments.
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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