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NYS Parent Guide


Development Concerns

Birth to Age Three

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive passport - a form for writing down your child's developmental screening results at each visit. Screening Passport for download and printing.

Early Childhood Development Division in the U.S. Administration for Children and Families,

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

“Learn the Signs.Act Early” From birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he/she plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves. Track your child's development and act early if you have a concern.

NYS Growing Up Healthy Helpline

Find your local WIC office:



Find your local Early Intervention Program, part of a statewide initiative for any child between infancy and age three who qualifies for extra support and/or therapies.

New York State Department of Health

Find information about Early Intervention Services. A helpful webpage is First, The Basics: A Parent’s Guide for Children with Special Needs.

Age Three to Five

Committee on Preschool Special Education

Every local school district offers this committee, which will evaluate and coordinate services for your child (ages 3-5) through preschool special education.

Early Childhood Direction Centers

The Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDCs) provide information and referral services for children with disabilities ages birth through five, as well as professional development and technical assistance for families and preschool providers to improve results for preschool students with disabilities. The targeted areas for improved outcomes are early literacy and communication, social-emotional skills and positive behaviors.