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Special Needs

Services for children with disabilities

Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC) | NYS Department of Education

1. How it Works

ECDCs provide information to families and members of the community about services for young children from birth to age five with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

  • Services are free for children and their families
  • Centers are available in each borough
  • Free training sessions offered
  • Information about pre-school services, day care, evaluations, and more

2. Determine your eligibility

To be eligible for ECDC services, you should be able to answer yes to these questions:

  • Is your child five years old or younger?
  • Does your child have a diagnosed or suspected disability?

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the NY State ECDC website to learn more about ECDC’s services.

Email ECDC

Email the ECDC in your borough for more information: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island.

Call 311

Ask for Early Childhood Direction Centers.

Call the ECDC representative in your borough

Bronx: 347-271-8159; Brooklyn: 718-437-3794; Manhattan: 212-746-6175; Queens: 718-215-1299, ext. 4001; Staten Island: 718-226-6670.

Visit a ECDC

Find an ECDC in your neighborhood to get help in person.