Our Early Intervention Program is funded and regulated by the New York State Department of Health and, in Westchester County, by the Westchester County Department of Health, and in Putnam County, by the Putnam County Department of Health.
The Early Intervention Program is a public program for children under the age of 3 who are suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, you, or anyone you choose can call the referral number for the Westchester County Early Intervention Program at (914) 813-5094.
If necessary, they will assist you in arranging to have your child evaluated by someone approved to perform such an evaluation. Eligibility can only be established by a NY State Approved agency with an active contract with the county where the child resides, (Westchester, Putnam, etc). All services must be authorized by the county.
A meeting will then take place between you, the evaluator, and the Westchester County staff to make a plan to help your child and family.
If your child has significant delays or certain diagnoses, they may be approved for certain services.
Westchester County and New York State cover the cost of these services. They are provided at no expense to you; however your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the expenses.
These services are arranged by the county and will be provided in the location most suitable to your child. Regardless of the location, only the services authorized by the county will be paid for, not daycare of other community fees.
WCEED is authorized to perform the following services through the Early Intervention Program:
- Evaluations-Initial/CORE and Supplemental
- Occupational therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Special Education-ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis)
- Toddler Developmental Group
- Ongoing Service Coordination