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The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) in Manhattan provides free, confidential and neutral information, support and referral services to families and professionals working with young children with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

Below is a list of helpful links for families and professionals. If there is a link that you would like to suggest, please call (212) 746-6175 or e-mail

Disclaimer: The helpful links listed below are designed to be a summary of information and resources. The ECDC does not endorse these institutions and assumes no liability for using them.

New York City Government Agencies:

NYC Department of Education
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
NYC Administration for Children's Services

Resources in New York City:

The Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDCs) provide information about programs and services for young children, ages birth through five, who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities and help families obtain services for their children. For more information, please visit
Special Education Parent Centers
Special Education Parent Centers provide information, resources, and strategies to parents of children with disabilities. For more information, please visit

Parent Information and Training Centers

Advocates for Children of New York
Parent to Parent of New York State
Resources for Children with Special Needs
United We Stand of New York

Early Childhood Services Information and Referral:

New York City Child Care Resource & Referral Consortium
Parent's League of New York

Legal Information

The Legal Aid Society
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Additional Resources

ARISE Coalition
Learning Disability Association New York City
Learning Resource Network
Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council
Mental Health Association of New York City - LifeNet

New York State Government Agencies:

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
NYS Education Department
NYS Department Of Health
NYS Office of Children and Families
NYS Office of Mental Health
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities

National Resources and Technical Assistance Centers:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Council for Exceptional Children - Division of Early Childhood
Early Childhood Outcomes Center
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
National Head Start Association
National Organization for Rare Disorders
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
National Technical Assistance Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Technical Assistance Center on Social and Emotional Intervention
Recognition and Response
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddler and Families

Federal Government Resources:

National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institute on Child Health and Human Development
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Office of Head Start
Department of Education
National Institute on Early Childhood Development
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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