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Early Intervention Services

The first steps

Early Intervention, Family Support, Positive Results

The Children's School for Early Development knows that early diagnosis and treatment can change the life of a child with developmental disabilities. We believe that children with developmental disabilities and their families should be given a choice of early intervention services and resources to maximize their child’s potential. Central to our early intervention model is community integration. Our early intervention services are now delivered entirely in community settings, and more than 80 percent of the pre-school children we serve attend local schools.

We are the largest provider of community-based services for children with developmental disabilities in Westchester County. Our team of specialists includes teachers, speech pathologists, physical and occupational therapists and certified social workers.

Babies from birth through 3 years of age are eligible for our early intervention services. These services are delivered entirely in community settings with more than 80 percent of the pre-school children whom we serve will attend community schools. The Children's School for Early Development is approved to provide Early Intervention evaluations, ongoing service coordination, and Early Intervention services under contract with Westchester County. If your child is found to be eligible for services by a state-approved evaluator, you will work with professional staff to develop a personalized service plan.  An ongoing service coordinator selected by the family assists them in locating and scheduling service providers, chosen from the county list, to implement their individualized family service plan.

You will need to take the following steps to be evaluated for eligibility to receive early intervention services:

  • Family needs to first contact the Westchester County Department of Health, 914-813-5094, where you will be assigned initial service coordinator, who visits the home and explains the process.
  • You will then choose an evaluator from an approved list and the initial service coordinator schedules the evaluation. Most evaluations occur in the home or community.
  • Completed evaluations are shared with the family.
  • If the evaluation finds that the child is eligible to receive services, the family meets with the team to determine an appropriate plan of service.
  • The ongoing service coordinator chosen by the family assists the family in locating and scheduling service providers to implement the individualized family service plan.