Who We Serve
Zebra Crossings Open Enrollment Programs:
Our programs focus on children with a chronic health condition, including those at risk for developing a chronic health condition, and their families. At Zebra Crossings we generally define a chronic health condition as a biologically-based condition requiring life long follow up care by a medical specialist and it brings significant changes in the life of the child and family.
Medical conditions include, but are not limited to: Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Heart Condition, Cystic Fibrosis, Juvenile Arthritis.
Program Application Criteria:
Based on our program objectives and organizational resources including our program staffing model, all participants must be able to:
Shower, toilet, dress and feed themselves independently and with minimal supervision.
Walk 150 yards unassisted and without extreme fatigue.
Use of a wheelchair to aide in transitions /transportation may be considered.
Communicate his or her needs with our staff.
Participate in group activities supervised at the indicated staff ratio level.
- Please use the Program Track guidelines below to assess your child's placement based on ability and comfort level.
Zebra Crossings Partner Programs:
For youth who may not meet the program application criteria for our open enrollment programs mentioned above, we strive to develop programs in the near future in partnership with other organizations. Currently the partner programs include:
Down syndrome: A Family Weekend retreat for youth ages 6-17. Partner: American Youth Foundation- Merrowvista.
Weight Loss: CLIMB Weight Loss Program for High School students. Partner: CHaD at Wentworth Douglass Hospital.
Our goal is to empower as many participants as possible to find their own track or path in life. We want them to track and pursue their goals, to follow their dreams, and to realize their full potential. Our programs are designed with the objective to challenge and engage each participant at the appropriate level. Staffing models are adapted accordingly to ensure the safety and care of each child.
If your child has any restrictions or any cognitive, physical, developmental, or emotional needs, which may preclude your child from participating fully in our programs, please contact us. We will discuss the program format and activities with you and assess if our program would be a good fit for your child. Our goal is to set every child up for success and this starts with the parent as a partner conversation.
- Limited active participation with no exercise.
- Participates primarily in sedentary or standing activities, rests frequently.
- Example activities: calm cooperative games, arts & crafts, theatre and circus art, archery, cooking.
- Participant to staff ratio of 4-to-1.
- Medium active participation with some exercise.
- Participates in light activities and rests occasionally.
- Example activities: water play, canoeing, scavenger hunt, kickball, cooperative games.
- Participant to staff ratio of 6-to-1.
- Orange track participants may join the blue track if space permits.
- Full active participation with moderate exercise.
- Participates in games which may involve some running , repetitive motion, balancing.
- Example activities: swimming, hiking, wall climbing, tag games, sports.
- Participant to staff ratio of 8-to-1.
- Green track participants may join the orange or blue track programs if space permits.
Please note: Before acceptance to our programs, all participants must complete the application, release and medical forms. All applications will be reviewed by the Medical Review Committee prior to acceptance.