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Our Services


Art By: Laureen Fitzmaurice

Early Childhood

An incredible journey begins

The Arc Westchester's Children’s School for Early Development provides educational, social and support services for children, from birth to five years of age, and their families.

These services are provided based on the philosophy that children and their families should be given a choice of resources to maximize their child’s potential. 

In keeping with our mission to promote community integration for people with developmental disabilities, our Children's School is the largest provider of community-based services for children with developmental disabilities in Westchester County in terms of the numbers of children served and the number of community sites at which we have opened inclusion classes. Our early intervention services are now delivered entirely in community settings, and more than 80 percent of the pre-school children whom we serve attend community schools. We also provide itinerant teacher services to children attending community programs chosen by their parents, while maintaining two self-contained classes at our center in Hawthorne.

The Children's School for Early Development charges no fees.  The Early Intervention Program is funded by New York State and Westchester County, the latter of which may seek reimbursement from your child's health insurance provider.  Coverage includes only early intervention services and not the cost of day care or other fees charged in community settings.  Although public funds also support many of our pre-school activities, we are dependent upon the generosity of private donors to certain innovative and highly regarded pre-school services.

The Children's School for Early Development is approved by New York State to provide both early intervention and pre-school services, under contract with Westchester County.

Early Intervention (birth to 3 years of age)

  • Evaluations

  • Service Coordination

  • Special Instruction and Speech Services

  • Parent-Child Groups in Local Nursery Schools

  • Parent-Child Support Group - PACDS (Parent Assistance Committee on Down Syndrome)


Pre-School (3 to 5 years of age)

  • Evaluations
  • Community-Based: Special Education and Speech Therapy
  • Special Inclusion Classes for Children with Language,Communication, Cognitive and Motor Delays
  • Full Day Center-Based and Inclusion Classes for Children with PDD/Autism
  • Educational Advocacy for Pre-School and School Age Families
  • Family Support Groups and Parent Workshops


A Mom's Story

Hear a heartfelt story about how your support has made a difference in a young boy's life through the services he receives at The Children's School for Early Development.

Read her letter