The Early Childhood Direction Center

The Early Childhood Direction Center is a free service, funded by the New York State Education Department with sponsorship by Staten Island University Hospital.

Our Mission is to help parents and professionals locate and use community services that are designed for children (age five and under) with special needs. Some of the conditions for which help is available include:

  • learning problems
  • delayed language
  • speech impairment
  • developmental delays
  • intellectual disability
  • cerebral palsy
  • autism
  • epilepsy
  • deafness/hearing impairment
  • blindness/visual impairment
  • physical disabilities
  • behavior/emotional problems
  • attention deficit disorder
  • chronic health problems

Parents & professionals call upon the ECDC for information and referrals for:

  • diagnostic & evaluation services
  • early intervention services
  • preschool special education
  • integrated preschool day care and Head Start
  • respite and homemaker services
  • special therapies
  • counseling
  • medical and dental services
  • technology resources
  • entitlements
  • transportation
  • parent support groups
  • financial support
  • family support services

We function in a neutral manner...to ensure that parents and professionals benefit from the entire spectrum of assistance options that are available in their area.

Early Childhood Direction Centers can be found statewide. The New York State Department of Education funds a statewide network of Early Childhood Direction Centers through its Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)

There are 15 Early Childhood Direction Centers statewide, covering every county in New York State. ECDC locations in the five boroughs of New York City may be contacted at:

  • Manhattan
  • Brooklyn
  • Queens
    718-374-0002 ext. 465
  • Bronx
  • Staten Island

For the nearest ECDC location outside of New York City, phone VESID:

  • Tel: (518) 473-4381
  • TTY: (518) 486-3773
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