Early Intervention/Development

Early Childhood Direction Centers

Provide information and referral to families with children 0-5 years of age with or suspected of having a developmental disability. There is no charge for their service. They know where the schools are, the therapists, and much more and can be a lifeline to families. There is one in each borough and a total of 13 throughout NY State.

Manhattan: (212) 746-6175
Bronx: (718) 584-0658
Brooklyn: (718) 437-3794
Queens: (718) 374-0002, ext. 465
Staten Island: (718) 226-6385

Head Start

Head Start and Early Head Start offer development programs for children from birth to 5 years old from low income families. The website gives information on how to apply to Head Start and has a locator to help find a program in your area.

Mount Sinai Therapeutic Nursery

An early intervention treatment program serving children from 12 months to five years of age. Two programs help the social and emotional development of the child through special instruction, behavior management, speech/language therapy, and play therapy. The Early Intervention Program meets three half days per week (ages 1-3) while the second program meets after school (ages 3-5). The preschool program also provides a parent support and education group. For more information, please contact Mona Dreier at (212) 241-6878.

New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Services

part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To be eligible for services, the child must be under 3 years old and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, adaptive. This site provides links to a brochure, parent’s guide, publications, an the program’s mission and goals. Go to section on ‘family and community health’ on right, then click on early intervention under ‘infants and children.’ (212) 219-5213