EXCEL - Youth and Families with Special Needs

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.


July 6 - Aug 25th


Swim Instruction

Swim Level 2: Saturdays: 4:05- 4:35PM, - $165 

                      Sundays     3:35-4:20PM -  $248

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.  

Music & Friends  (ages 6-10)

Music & Friends provides children with special needs the opportunity to strengthen social interactions, hearing and motor skills through fun and engaging music making activities. Each week, using sound, rhythm, melody and simple musical instruments, children will develop their creativity, socialization and communication skills. 

Movement & Improvement (ages 4-8 yrs old)

Saturdays, 1-2:00 pm           

Enrollment: $83         
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 Dance (ages 8 and up with caregiver, up to 2 adults and 2 children per family) 

Sundays, 2-3PM

Enrollment: $179/Session



July 6th - August 24th                                                                                      

Drama Station

Saturdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Enrollment: $105 for this session

Hip Hop Dance

Saturdays, 2:00-3:00pm 

Enrollment $100 for this session

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) 

Enrollment $90 for this session

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

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: $85 for this session 
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.


Discount given 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     

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