Annual Appeal

November 16, 2022

There are so many things that make Crossroads extra special.

This school is truly one of a kind. Crossroads has a mission and work ethic that are unmatched in our area.

Without Crossroads, our region’s children with some of the most significant needs would have nowhere to turn. The work that we do is very much needed. It is not something that others are doing, nor is this work simply nice to do. It is truly necessary, for the children that we serve first and foremost, and next for their families, then for their communities, the schools they will later attend, the colleges they will someday go to, the jobs they will have down the road.


Crossroads is unique. We are different most of all in our strict adherence to the use of practices approved through research and as such, Applied Behavior Analysis. Those who share our belief in scientifically sound methods are able to see the measurable progress that our children make here, not typically overnight, but measurable, replicable and real.

Mikaela, for example, is a seven year old girl. She loves glitter and the color purple. Her favorite things to do are spinning and dancing, and her favorite food is pizza with nothing on it but cheese. Like other kids her age, she loves to be out of doors. But unlike other children her age, Mikaela still wears a diaper or pull-up. Up until this year she refused to use the toilet. You can probably understand that this presented a challenge for her at her school and at home. Everything imaginable was tried in the past to teach Mikaela to use the toilet – from bringing her to the bathroom at a scheduled time each day, to making the bathroom “sensory friendly.” But as she grew older, all involved started to feel that this was one of the areas she would never be able to make progress in. In other words, they’d lost hope. 

Oliver, on the other hand, is a two and a half year old boy who loves Paw Patrol and dinosaurs, especially T-Rex. While very happy at home with his family, Oliver’s mom, Alicia, had started to avoid taking him out of the house. Whenever she tried to take him with her for errands, he’d become so tense that she started to rush her errands in order to get him back home quickly. When when she didn’t have an alternative to taking him with her, his tantrums grew increasingly intense. Oliver’s father, Eli, works long hours. Alicia would like to start working again, but feels she’ll never be able to return to the work force since placing Oliver in daycare would be tricky due to his tantrums. The couple had lost hope and did not know where to turn. 


For both families, things have changed. Because of the challenges they were facing in their lives, Mikaela’s school district reached out to Crossroads, and through the CSE (Committee on Special Education) process, Mikaela was accepted as a school-aged student at Crossroads. Alicia and Eli contacted their county and acquired about having Oliver evaluated. Also through the CPSE process, Oliver was placed at Crossroads in a preschool classroom, and also began receiving clinic services after school.  Both students have been making steady progress. Mikaela is using the toilet, and has also started to brush her own teeth. Oliver is coming to school each day, and has already mastered the alphabet. Alicia is working, part time to start. Both families know that their child’s gains are because of the ABA practices that are being incorporated into their education plans.

Both families have found hope again.  

Since 1998, Crossroads has been serving children and families from all over the region. Crossroads is the only school of its kind in our region. For 24 years we’ve expanded in scope and size to meet the needs of an increased number of children who need our help. 

While our programming is flourishing, expenses are stretched more than ever. We continue as a non-profit program and annually need to raise approximately $300,000. to meet the gap between school district and county tuition payments, and the actual costs of running the program to meet our students’ needs. Our gratitude is great for those who give at this time of the year, as our annual campaign donors provide the strength of the foundation that our work can build upon each year. These are the donors who are giving most charitably and to the most important need of all – our ability to operate and exist.

Please consider helping with this year’s annual campaign; we need your help to continue to run the individualized programs that our students need to be successful in their lives. Your gift today from will contribute to the school’s needs of sustaining what our students need: appropriate materials, equipment and technology, highly competent personnel, and services as needed to provide a healthy and safe environment. 

On behalf of everyone at Crossroads, thank you for your support and caring.



By phone:  518.280.0083 ext. 126

By mail: Crossroads Center for Children  

1136 N. Westcott Road,  Suite 100 

Schenectady, NY 12306

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