Created in 2012, PrimeTime Center currently has three unique campuses located in Brick, Carteret, and Eatontown. All of our campuses are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. providing day habilitation services through the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
At PrimeTime Center clients participate in person-centered activities targeting key areas such as skills for independent living, socialization, community-based instruction, recreation and leisure activities. The main goal of PrimeTime Center is to help our participants live life to their fullest. Participants build the groundwork for future success by participating in activities such as meal preparation, money management, travel training, personal hygiene, health and fitness, arts and crafts, problem-solving, self-advocacy and using computer applications. During these varieties of activities, PTC participants experience recurrent peer interaction and participate in group discussions and role-playing designed to enhance appropriate social interaction. Community-Based Instruction is a huge part of each PrimeTime Center location. You will rarely find PTC participants on campus the entire day.
In Eatontown, you might see our participants out growing fruits and vegetables in their very own community garden plot located in Little Silver. This helps them with the skills needed to run their bi-weekly food co-op sponsored by Purple Dragon. You also might see them out in Shrewsbury at the Guild of Arts admiring artwork by local painters and sculptures. For health and fitness, many Eatontown participants head over to the RedBank YMCA on a weekly basis to exercise or take a dip in the pool.
If you were to visit our Brick campus you might not find our participants on campus at all. Lately they have all been out visiting local businesses to help promote their very own clothing drive. All clothes collected will be distributed throughout the community by our participants to local thrift stores and people in need. In addition you might find our Brick participants taking a pound class at the local firehouse or catching some rays at their favorite local hangout, Winward Beach.
When stopping by our Carteret campus some of our participants may be out volunteering at New Eyes. At New Eyes participants recycle and distribute eye glasses to children and adults who can not afford to purchase glasses on their own. You might also run in to our participants down at Carteret Park as they play Bocce in preparation of the Special Olympics Summer Games. Bocce is an Italian sport where the basic principle is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a palina. Special Olympics bocce provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence. Every year our Carteret staff take about a dozen or so participants to compete in the state games which includes staying overnight in the dorms on the campus of the College of New Jersey. PTC participants compete against other teams in the hopes of winning the gold.
In addition to the specific activities mentioned above for each campus, all PrimeTime Center locations provide a wide range of recreational/leisure opportunities utilizing local resources such as local parks, libraries, malls, bowling alleys, movie theaters, sports and fitness venues. All activities offered are designed to fit the cognitive levels and physical needs of the participants in our programs.