A Letter from our Director:
Families, Friends, and Colleagues,
The NY State funded Long Island ECDC is now located at The Center for Community Inclusion at Long Island University, Brookville, NY. We are committed to assisting families of children birth to 5 years as they progress through the early childhood systems on Long Island.
Our services, spanning Nassau and Suffolk Counties, include information, referral, and training to families and professionals for children birth to five years who have suspected or diagnosed delays or disabilities. Many of us are parents of children with special needs ourselves, and we know first-hand how worrisome and confusing it can be to obtain assessments, services, and educational opportunities for infants and young children with complex needs. Our staff consists of experienced professionals, including bi-lingual Early Childhood Specialists, who take your calls, meet with families, and provide training.
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) for ages 3 through 5, and transition to Kindergarten and the Committee on Special Education (CSE) for school age students. Collaboration and community inclusion are principles to which we are committed in our daily work at ECDC. Also, we provide resources, technical support, parent training, and staff development. We keep current with NYS Health Department and Education Department initiatives, regulations, and guidelines for early childhood needs. We can assist you in locating specific information for a young child with a delay or disability. For example, when questions arise about finding a service for an infant or toddler, if we do not know the answer, we will help you find the person who does.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is a right of every preschooler with a disability to receive inclusive education and socialization experiences with preschoolers who do not have disabilities. We provide research, strategies, resources, training, and conferences that align with the New York State’s Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities to promote its 7 key principles that emphasize equity, quality education, inclusion and parent involvement for students of all ages, including preschoolers.
Another important role of ECDC is outreach to families who may have challenges accessing services. We maintain numerous relationships across Long Island with community agencies, preschools, and school districts. Likewise, we appreciate the support that we have received from our many colleagues on Long Island to get the word out that ECDC at LIU is the source of support, information, and training for young children with special needs, and their families, and the professionals who serve them.
Our website provides many valuable links and resource materials, 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.
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.