By Hadas Kuznits
JENKINTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – Wednesday was the first day of a new school in Jenkintown, Pa. catering to the needs of children with autism.READ MORE: 'Arrow Came In As An Owner Surrender,' Now Has New Job With Lower Southampton Police Department
A Step Up Academy is an independent school located on the grounds of Abington Monthly Meeting.
“A Step Up Academy is a private academic institution,” says Dr. Kelly Donahue (top photo), clinical executive director of the school. “We were just recently licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and we are providing kindergarten and first grade services for kids on the autism spectrum.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Residents 'Getting Swarmed' By Illegal ATVs, Street Bikes Prompts Emergency Meeting With City Leaders
Currently there are just two children enrolled in the school. Karen Misher is their mother:
“This type of environment gives them the behavioral support, some one on one learning, but it also gives them some opportunities to play with other children their own age,” she said.
Eventually, Dr. Donahue hopes to enroll eight children per class and to expand the school through fourth grade.MORE NEWS: COVID In New Jersey: Gov. Phil Murphy Wants All Schools In State To Have In-Person Instruction