What We Do
Cradle Beach serves the needs of children with disabilities and those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. We provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, self-worth, and decision making, in an atmosphere of love and acceptance, in all four of our programs.
Residential Summer Enrichment Program
The Residential Summer Camp Program has long been staple of the programming offered at Cradle Beach. Offered every summer, nearly 800 children with disabilities and those who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds live at our campus, located in Angola, NY. Campers enjoy 7-10 days of experiential learning in an inclusive setting
The Cradle Beach Respite Program provides a weekend getaway for individuals with a documented developmental disability. Participants stay at Cradle Beach and the program is a relaxed combination of indoor and outdoor activities. Staff members are experienced summer staff and are trained to work with people with special needs.
Project S.O.A.R. (Success, Opportunity, Achievement, and Responsibility) provides tutoring, mentoring and academic support throughout the school year by tutoring and mentoring 3rd – 6th grade students directly in the classroom. Cradle Beach staff are inside the classroom on a daily basis at five Buffalo Public Schools – Lovejoy Discovery School – BPS #43, Lorriane Academy, International Preparatory School, South Park High School and Southside Academy. Additional programming is provided to these students through weekend retreats, a summer camp component and summer enrichment activities.
Through the Living Classrooms Program, Cradle Beach continues to serve Western New York children by providing informal STEM-focused programming that engages individuals to build upon existing STEM knowledge, develop creativity, and gain critical thinking skills. We work with community schools and organizations to create a fun and authentic learning environment, whether the programming is at our Campus in Angola or around Western New York.