About Us

The Candle Lighters

Established in 1974, The Candle Lighters is a group of concerned parents, relatives and friends who work to assist children and adults in our community with developmental disabilities. Our fundraising supports the unfunded and underfunded programs of the ARC of Essex County in Livingston, NJ.  The majority of the money we raise goes to support the Stepping Stones Early Intervention Program.  Other programs we fund are; Camp Hope, a summer camp for children with developmental disabilities; Parent to Parent, a support group for parents with Down syndrome children; and Super Saturday, a Special Olympics program for children under the age of seven.

Stepping Stones

The Stepping Stones School is a Pre-school and Early Intervention program for children with Down syndrome and other cognitive impairments, located in Roseland, NJ.  If you are interested in your child attending programs at The Stepping Stones School please contact them directly.  For Early Intervention, ages birth to three-years old, call Judy Bellina at 973-535-1181, ext 1223.  For Pre-school, ages 3 to 10, call Sue Wilson at 862-210-8781.

Stepping Stones is now a NASET (National Association of Special Education Teachers) School of Excellence.  This is the highest distinction that a private special education school can achieve, and is bestowed on those schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated truly exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.

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