Early Childhood

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 ECDCs funded by the Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

Contact Us at 914-493-2902 or ecdc@wihd.org 


Workshops and Trainings

To view our upcoming workshops and trainings for parents and early childhood professionals, please click here.


Early Childhood Resources

EARLY INTERVENTION (EI) SERVICES
(For children from birth through age two)

Contact us for information about the Early Intervention process.

Contact your local Early Intervention Program to refer a child for an evaluation, or for further information about services they provide.
Westchester County 914-813-5094
Rockland County 845-364-2625
Putnam County 845-808-1640 ext. 46031

Here are some helpful documents to navigate the Early Intervention process:

  • How to Access Services for Children from Birth to Two Years of Age Click here
  • Early Intervention Timeline Click here
  • List and Definitions of Early Intervention Services Click here
  • Initial and Continuing Eligibility for Early Intervention Click here
  • A Guide to Preschool Special Education-Transitioning from EI to CPSE Click here

TRANSITION FROM EARLY INTERVENTION (EI) TO COMMITTEE ON PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES (CPSE)

The following learning module was created for parents about  the transition process from Early Intervention (EI) to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).   The module will take you through the steps required for your child to make the transition from EI to CPSE.

COMMITTEE ON PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION (CPSE) SERVICES
(For children from age three to five)

Contact us to find out your district CPSE Chairperson’s name and phone number.

  • How to Access Services for Children from Three to Five Years of Age Click here
  • CPSE Timeline Click here
  • Sample Letter to Refer Child to CPSE Click here
  • Working with Committees on Preschool Special Education Click here
  • Eligibility for Preschool Special Education Click here
  • A Guide to Preschool Special Education Click here
  • A Guide to Special Education-Transitioning from CPSE to CSE Click here

CHILD CARE AND AFTER SCHOOL SERVICES
(For children from birth to twelve years of age)

Get help finding an early childhood program, such as child care, nursery school, or after school care for an elementary age child.

Westchester County
Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.
Phone: 914-761-3456
Website: http://www.childcarewestchester.org

Rockland County
Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc.
Phone: 845-425-0009
Website: http://www.childcarerockland.org

Putnam County
Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc.
Phone: 845-473-4141
Website: http://www.childcaredutchess.org


For Parents

Contact Us at 914-493-2902 or ecdc@wihd.org 

Contact us about concerns you may have about your child in the following areas of development:

  • Speech and Language
  • Perceptual, Motor and Physical
  • Self-help Skills and Approaches to Learning
  • Thinking
  • Social and Emotional

OR if you have questions about:

  • How to access services through the Early Intervention (EI) or Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) systems
  • The transition from EI to CPSE or from CPSE to Kindergarten
  • Private, community-based services

We provide information to parents and professionals about:

  • EI, Preschool and Kindergarten Special Education Services
  • Diagnostic and Evaluation Services
  • Typical Child Development
  • Specific Disabilities
  • Community Resources
  • Respite
  • Recreation
  • Mental Health Services
  • Legal/Advocacy Services
  • Family Support Services