Community Support Services, Inc.

Community Support Services, Inc. is committed to the provision of quality community-based services to individuals with developmental disabilities. We provide innovative services to support an individual with their needs in school, work, home and the community. We strive to serve individuals in the environments in which they desire to live, work, recreate, and learn. Our services are flexible and designed in accordance with each individual's self-directed life goals.
Jun 5, 2012

CSS's Garden to Table Program in the News!

Rockville 11's special correspondent Rocio Snowdy covers Community Support Services, Inc.'s Garden to Table program at the Woottons Mill Garden Plots - watch this short video to find out how the program fosters a unique learning experience for community members.

May 22, 2012

2012 CSS Summer Camp

The Summer Camp Program offered by CSS is designed to meet each child’s individual needs, interests, and preferences. 

The program is highly structured with a full schedule of activities each day. The daily schedule is developed with input form each child’s family, teachers, and the CSS Children’s Program Directors.

 Children are placed in small groups for activities, including their staff, to take full advantage of social skill opportunities and interaction with similar aged peers. Children then participate in a combination of on-site activities at our resource center and various community activities.

What kind of activities do the kids participate in?

  • Community-based recreational activities such as outings to local swimming pools, gyms, bowling alleys, miniature golf, arcades, county fairs and festivals, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the National Zoo, museums, playgrounds and local and National parks.
  • Activities at our resource center such as gym time, sport drills, arts and crafts, group board and card games, relay races, and other therapeutic, recreational and leisure activities in groups of their peers.

How is supervision handled?

  • Children are provided supervision on a 1:1 or 1:2 staffing ratio by trained CSS staff, depending on the child’s need. All staff are trained to provide support, individualized instruction and behavior management for children with developmental disabilities. Staff are supervised by two experienced on-site supervisors and a Master’s level behavior specialist.

What would my child need to bring?

  • Children are required to bring a bagged lunch or lunch/snack money, swim suit, and a towel.  Other suggestions are sunscreen, hats, and other weather necessities. CSS provides water & snacks daily as well.

Days and hours of operation are coordinated with  Montgomery County Public Schools extended school year (ESY) schedule . On days off from school, children may be brought to the camp location at 10 a.m. and picked up at 4:00 p.m. On school days, MCPS may transport children on school buses after the extended school year program day is finished. Children may be picked up from the camp location on school days at 6:00 p.m. As private schools and various MCPS programs  have different ESY schedules, the camp will adjust hours for individual children, if possible, upon request &  if given adequate notice for arrangements to be made. Transportation during the camp day to community activities is provided by CSS

May 22, 2012

2012 Garden to Table Progam

2012 spring Crops
2012 spring Crops

The Garden to Table program is an ongoing activity in which individuals who receive day and residential
support services can participate. Some individuals work in the gardens just during the growing season, others participate in cooking classes year round, some assist with distributing fresh produce to houses and others receive
nutritional consultation and individual instruction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults and children with disabilities face rates of
obesity that are often 38-57% higher than the national rate of obesity in non-disabled adults and children. There are currently no community classes or programs accommodated to provide specialized instruction for adults with down’s syndrome or intellectual disabilities.

In direct response to the need for nutrition education in the community, CSS piloted a "Garden to Table" program this past year. Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities planted and harvested seasonal vegetables in partnership with Red Wiggler Farm, participated in cooking instruction and incorporated nutritional recommendations into daily menu planning in their own homes. Increased skill and independence in cooking and healthy eating provides multiple opportunities for inclusion with other people such as gardening in community plots alongside community members, grocery shopping at local stores, and social events involving food preparation such as dinner parties or picnics.


broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach
broccoli, onions, lettuce, spinach
cabbage onion kale snowpea seedlings from seeds
cabbage onion kale snowpea seedlings from seeds
Purple lettuce, Georgia onions, and spinach
Purple lettuce, Georgia onions, and spinach
giant red mustard greens and garlic at lowfield
giant red mustard greens and garlic at lowfield
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