Lower Hudson Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) 

(Birth to age 5)
 

Overview

 

The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) is a free, confidential, and neutral information, referral, technical assistance, and training center. Parents of children from birth to age five with known or suspected special needs, as well as professionals who provide any kind of services to children, may access our services. The ECDC at WIHD serves Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties, and is part of a statewide network of fourteen ECDCs funded by the Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

 

Information and Referral Services

 

Are you concerned about the growth or development of a child from birth to five years of age? We can help you find the right next step to take in getting a child evaluated, or getting services to support a child’s development. You may be concerned that a child you know may have a:

  • Speech and Language Delay
  • Learning Problem
  • Behavior Problem
  • Hearing Impairment / Deafness
  • Visual Impairment / Blindness
  • Emotional Problem
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Physical Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Prenatal Drug Exposure
  • Other Help Problems

 

The 5 Most Requested Topics

 

We provide information to parents and professionals on these and other topics.

    1. Early Intervention

       

      • Where to call
      • What should happen, in what order
      • How long should it take
      • What kinds of services are available
      • What is Early Intervention (EI)? Learn More
    2. Committee on Preschool Special Education Services
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        Where to call
      • What should happen, in what order
      • How long should it take
      • What kinds of services are available
      • What is the Committee on Preschool Special Education Services (CPSE)? Learn More
    3. Typical Early Childhood Development
      (According to the Milestones within the 5 Domains of Development)

       

      • Communication
      • Social - Emotional
      • Physical
      • Adaptive or Self-Help
      • Cognitive
    4. Community Resources

       

      • Respite
      • Recreation
      • Mental Health Services
      • Financial Assistance
      • Legal / Advocacy Services
      • Private Services
    5. Specific Disabilities

 

Workshops and Trainings

 

We provide free workshops for parents and for early childhood professionals, as well as professional development trainings on emerging topics. Learn More

 

Resources

 

Visit our Early Childhood Resources Page for quick and easy access to helpful phone numbers, documents and guidebooks.


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