A Letter from our Director:
Families, Friends and Colleagues,
We are pleased to announce that the NY State funded Long Island ECDC is now being hosted by the Center for Community Inclusion at Long Island University, Brookville, NY. Our transition has been smooth, and we so appreciate the support that we have received from our many colleagues on Long Island and across the state to make it seamless.
We are committed to assisting families as they progress through the early childhood systems here on Long Island, and collaboration and community inclusion are principles to which we are committed in our daily work at ECDC. Our services include providing information and referral to families and professionals for children birth to five years who have suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities within both Nassau and Suffolk counties. As many of us are parents of children with special needs ourselves, we know first-hand how worrisome and confusing it can be to access assessments, services, and educational opportunities for infants and young children with complex needs.
The ECDC provides free confidential support to families, early childhood professionals, and community agencies throughout both counties. We are here to assist you with questions that arise when navigating Early Intervention (EI) which serves ages birth through 3, the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) which services ages 3 through 5, or transition to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) which services school age students. Also, we provide resources, technical support, parent training, and staff development, as well as outreach to community agencies and families who may have challenges accessing services. Our staff consists of experienced professionals, including a bi-lingual Early Childhood Specialists to take calls, meet with families, and provide training.
We are so excited to launch this new website. You will soon find many valuable links here, as well as our contact information, community announcements, our training schedule, and our training materials. You can reach us by phone, email, Facebook, and Twitter. We also welcome you to our main office in Brookville, as well as to our outreach offices in Brentwood and Riverhead. Our newsletters, published quarterly, will feature special topics, and they will be archived here for you to download and print.
Our Inaugural Issue of the ECDC Newsletter introduces our staff and provides links to additional resources and trainings. Our next issue (#2) will be devoted to Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for Young Children and will include parents and professionals sharing their perspectives. Please sign up for our listserve at LIEarlyChildhoodDC@liu.edu, and we will automatically send you our ECDC Newsletters and announcements of events and trainings for families and early childhood providers. We look forward to hearing from you and serving all who love and support our littlest Long Islanders with special needs.
Dr. Faith Kappenberg, Project Coordinator, Faith.Kappenberg@liu.edu