Last Updated: 7/9/2019 8:18 PM

WCL Special Education Parent Advisory Committee  (SEPAC)

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SEPAC Meetings

October TBD 7:15pm  Child Study Team Conference Room Dorchester Elementary School
January TBD  7:15pm Media Center Woodcliff Middle School
March TBD 7:15pm Media Center Woodcliff Middle School
May TBD 7:15pm  Media Center Dorchester Elementary School



All parents, guardians, teachers and members of the Woodcliff Lake community are encouraged to attend SEPAC events.  Your child does not have to have an IEP, 504 or be in special education for you to participate and benefit from SEPAC events and activities.  


Who We Are

We are a group of parents and educators working together to help children with special educational needs in Woodcliff Lake and provide support for their families. In response to a New Jersey state mandate, the group formed during the 2006-2007 school year.

Our Mission and Goals

The Woodcliff Lake Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) works for the understanding of, respect for and support of all children with special needs in our community.

To that end, the WCL SEPAC will work to:

  • Promote a network of parents of children with special needs in our district and throughout the region and provide a forum to share information.
  • Provide a series of informational meetings on topics of interest for families of students who receive special education and/or educational support services.
  • Facilitate communication between parents and educators of students with special needs.
  • Promote and support an innovative educational environment where children with special needs have equal access to educational opportunities and a school and community environment where all children are encouraged to reach their full potential.
  • Promote the inclusion of our children with special needs in extra-curricular activities.


School records and information related to students with special educational needs is strictly confidential, and the WCL SEPAC does not have access to it. We advertise our event and speakers to the entire school community via the Thursday TIPS e-mail. In addition, the office of Special Services can send fliers directly to every family of a child with special needs via their confidential mailing list.

Voluntary Parent-to-Parent Network

In order to promote a stronger parent-to-parent network, we would like to create our own contact list. Our hope is to create a resource list of families who are willing to share information about a particular topic, so if inquiries are made we can point the family to someone who has some experience. Topics might include information on a specific disability, inclusion/mainstreaming, existing support groups in our area, play groups, sports and camp opportunities, after-school activities and programs that are welcoming to children with special needs, helpful websites, etc.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jean Marie Haworth, Parent Coordinator, at

Mental Health Resources


New Jersey Children's System of Care        (877) 652-7624
Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare   (201) 935-3322
Care Plus            (201) 797-2660
West Bergen Mental Healthcare    (201) 444-3550

SEPAC Community Programs

Camp Raspberry (Flyer)
Recreation program for children with special needs. Camp Raspberry Website

Pascack Valley Navigators

Modified Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Track and Therapeutic African Hand
Drumming for children with special needs in the Pascack Valley area.


Special Education Activities


Board Members


Jennifer Mandler

Parent Coordinator

Jean Marie Haworth
(h) 201-391-9035; (c) 201-519-7165 

Community Resources Michelle Farrar
Middle School Representative Rhonda Swiderski
(h) 201-505-4708; (c) 610-295-9761
Website Manager Christine Lara
(h) 201-391-1118; (c) 201-314-6049
Classroom Resources
Angela Hayes