Early Intervention & Special Education

Early Intervention Programs

Increasingly, parents and pediatricians are recognizing children with learning differences or delays. In 1992, Governor Cuomo signed the Early Intervention Bill which requires localities to offer early intervention services to infants and toddlers identified for support. Early intervention reduces the likelihood of delays among at-risk children and assists and empowers families to meet their child's and their own needs.  There are many facilities specializing in early intervention programs located throughout New York.

When and where to begin the process?

If you notice that your child is not developing skills such as walking, talking or playing like other young children, you may want to speak to your child's pediatrician. If the doctor is concerned or you are still uncomfortable with your child's progress, you may make a referral to your school district's Committee on Preschool Special Education. This referral initiates a process that may lead to your child receiving an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to meet your child's special needs.

You may also want to review the below resources for additional information.

Print Resource

  • A Parents' Guide to Special Education in New York City and the Metropolitan area, by Laurie Dubos and Jana Fromer

Educational Resources