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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 ecdc@nyp.org.

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
schools.nyc.gov
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
nyc.gov/html/doh
NYC Administration for Children's Services
nyc.gov/html/acs

Resources in New York City:

ECDC
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 p12.nysed.gov/specialed/techassist/ecdc.
Special Education Parent Centers
Special Education Parent Centers provide information, resources, and strategies to parents of children with disabilities. For more information, please visit p12.nysed.gov/specialed/techassist/parentcenters.htm.

Parent Information and Training Centers

Advocates for Children of New York
advocatesforchildren.org
Parent to Parent of New York State
parenttoparentnys.org
Resources for Children with Special Needs
resourcesnyc.org
Sinergia
sinergiany.org
United We Stand of New York
uwsofny.org

Early Childhood Services Information and Referral:

New York City Child Care Resource & Referral Consortium
nycchildcareconsortium.org
Parent's League of New York
parentsleague.org

Legal Information

The Legal Aid Society
legal-aid.org
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
nylpi.org

Additional Resources

ARISE Coalition
arisecoalition.org
Learning Disability Association New York City
ldanyc.org
Learning Resource Network
jbfcs.org
Manhattan Developmental Disabilities Council
manhattanddcouncil.info
Mental Health Association of New York City - LifeNet
mhaofnyc.org

New York State Government Agencies:

Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
ddpc.ny.gov
NYS Education Department
nysed.gov
NYS Department Of Health
health.ny.gov
NYS Office of Children and Families
ocfs.state.ny.us
NYS Office of Mental Health
omh.ny.gov
NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
opwdd.ny.gov

National Resources and Technical Assistance Centers:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
aacap.org
American Academy of Pediatrics
healthychildren.org
American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
asha.org
Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
developingchild.harvard.edu
Council for Exceptional Children - Division of Early Childhood
dec-sped.org
Early Childhood Outcomes Center
fpg.unc.edu/~eco
National Association for the Education of Young Children
naeyc.org
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
nichcy.org
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
nectac.org
National Head Start Association
nhsa.org
National Organization for Rare Disorders
rarediseases.org
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion (NPDCI)
community.fpg.unc.edu/npdci
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
gucchd.georgetown.edu
National Technical Assistance Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
csefel.vanderbilt.edu
Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
pbis.org
Technical Assistance Center on Social and Emotional Intervention
challengingbehavior.org
Recognition and Response
recognitionandresponse.org
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddler and Families
zerotothree.org

Federal Government Resources:

National Institutes of Health
nih.gov
National Institute of Mental Health
nimh.nih.gov
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
ninds.nih.gov
National Institute on Child Health and Human Development
nichd.nih.gov
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
nidcd.nih.gov
Office of Head Start
eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov
Department of Education
ed.gov
National Institute on Early Childhood Development
ed.gov/offices/OERI/ECI
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
cdc.gov

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