EXCEL at the Houston Street Center

The EXCEL program provides fun, engaging and recreational services for children, teens and young adults with Special Needs. EXCEL includes instruction in swim, baking, art, drama, computers & technology, career development and healthy expression.


January 7 - February 28 


Swim Instruction

Day Level Time # of weeks Rate
Thursday Swim Level 1 4:30-5:15pm 8 weeks $100*
Saturday Swim Level 1 3:00-3:30pm 8 weeks $90
Sunday Swim Level 1 2:00-2:30pm 8 weeks $90
Swim Level 2 2:30-3:15pm 8 weeks $110

Basic swim instruction for individuals with special needs. Swimmers will learn techniques in breathing, floating, and kicking. If you need special accommodations, please ask. We will do our best to accommodate a variety of needs. Small class size.  

*No class on Thanksgiving, 11/26/15

LEGO Creations (Ages 4-11)

Sundays, 12-1pm 

Enrollment: $80/7 week course

Lego Making provides children on the autism spectrum (or with special needs) the opportunity to engage with peers and improve their social interactions and motor skills through a fun and engaging Lego-Making activity. Each week, children will engage in shared Lego projects that encourage peer collaboration, communication and creativity. 

Movement & Improvement (ages 3-8 yrs old)

Saturdays, 2:00-3:00pm           

Enrollment: $80/7 week course                               

Gain confidence and build skills through simple, gentle dance moves. Movement and dance can also improve cognitive, emotional, physical and social health in your child. In addition to a fun learning environment in the classroom, each student will have the unique opportunity to demonstrate their new skills and perform at University Settlements professional theater! Lights, Camera, Action!

Family Yoga (ages 3-12 yrs old with caregiver)

Sundays, 12-1pm

Enrollment: $87.50/7 week course

Enjoy a time of relaxation with your child in our Family Yoga class for families with special needs.  Yoga can also improve behavior, flexibility, balance, and reduce anxiety.  Come together to strengthen your bond and your body at the same time!

Martial Arts (ages 6-12 yrs old)

Sundays, 1-2pm

Enrollment: $80/7 week course

Martial Arts is one of the best activity a child with special needs can participate in because of the structure, discipline and sense of "personal victory" the arts bring.  With continuous structure, fun exercises, children with ASD, multisenosry issues and other special needs can all find success in our Martial Arts class and develop focus, balance, core strength, spatial awareness and self regulation.

FOR TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS                                                                                          

Drama Station

Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Enrollment: $71/7 week course 

In a team setting, students will develop creativity and performance skills while discovering new things about themselves. This course uses drama to enhance expression skills and build confidence, friendships and community. There will be an opportunity to perform in University Settlement's professional theater, Speyer Hall located at 184 Eldridge St.

Zumba/Hip Hop Dance

Saturdays, 2:30-3:30pm 

Enrollment $62/7 week course 

A feel-happy workout that combines a motivating fusion of Latin and international music with unique moves and dynamic combinations. A combination of fast and slow rhythms tone and sculpt the body, maximizing caloric output, fat burning and total body toning.

Communications & Technology (Level 1 & 2)

Day Level Time
 Sunday Level 1 1:00-2:30pm
Level 2 2:30-4:00pm

Enrollment: $62/7 week course

This class is designed to strengthen students' communications skills, enhance fundamental computer skills (including MS
Word, Excel and Powerpoint), build on knowledge on how to use the internet (with emphasis on social media) for social
as well as career development purposes. Laptops will be provided for each student to practice excises in class. Students
will be placed in Level 1 or Level 2 class based on their current skill level.

QiGong for Families

Sundays, 4:15-5:15pm

Enrollment:  $62/7 week course      

Through graceful movements, meditation, and controlled breathing techniques, QiGong promotes the circulation of qi, the ancient notion of "energy flow," within the body, enhancing physical and emotional health.


20% off fees when you enroll in 3 courses or more

Sibling discount & additional scholarship available

Call 212-475-5008 to enroll and/or complete the enrollment form and submit to houstonstreetcenter@universitysettlement.org or University Settlement at the Houston Street Center's front desk. 
Enrollment Form in Chinese and Enrollment Form in Spanish.     

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