Discovering each child's lifelong potential

Educational Programs


Mary Cariola provides a Preschool and School Age Educational Program. Our teachers, aides and clinicians—support more than 400 children and young adults from age 3 to 21 years old. These students come from ten counties and 50 school districts as far away as Hornell and Seneca Falls. Some families have even relocated from across the country, because there’s no other place quite like Mary Cariola.

All of the children we serve typically have intellectual disabilites and other challenges, including:
  • A degenerative condition
  • Emotional problems
  • Autism
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy
Students are referred to Mary Cariola. They’re placed in either ten- or twelve-month educational classes as determined by their individual school district. Each child’s placement is reviewed annually.

Preschool: Preschool is designed for three- to five-year-olds to attend either a half- or full-day program each day, depending on their needs.

School Age: The School Age Program provides instructional and therapeutic services to children with multiple disabilities from five to 21 years of age.