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About the ECDC

Early Childhood Direction Center - NewYork-Presbyterian

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The Early Childhood Direction Centers (ECDC), funded by the New York State Education Department, provide free confidential information and referral for families and professionals about services for young children with suspected or diagnosed developmental delays or disabilities.  In New York City there is an Early Childhood Direction Center in each borough.  Children of families referred to the ECDC should reside in the borough and be between birth and five years of age. 

ECDC staff provides information about and/or referrals for:

Services provided by the ECDC include:

  • Linking children and families to available services, supports and programs in New York City
  • Referrals to agencies and professionals providing services to young children and their families
  • Referrals of infants and toddlers to the New York City Early Intervention Program (EI)
  • Assistance with referrals of children to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)
  • Follow up telephone contact with families until their child reaches age five
  • Workshops and resources for families and professionals
  • Technical assistance for early childhood programs

The ECDC in Manhattan is one of 14 ECDCs in New York State and is funded by the New York State Education Department. We are locally sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and located there as well. This website is made possible by a grant from the Far Fund.

Our Staff

Staff members at the ECDC are available to provide assistance Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 212-746-6175. We are unique in that we conduct mainly telephone sessions with families and pride ourselves on returning all calls within 1 to 2 business days. In addition, our staff members initiate follow-up telephone contact with families to ensure that children are receiving the appropriate services until they are five years of age. Our staff is available to assist families with the transition between service systems. All information is available in English and Spanish.


Early Childhood Direction Center

New York Presbyterian Hospital
409 East 60th Street, Suite 3-312
New York, NY 10022

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Phone: 212-746-6175
Fax: 212-746-8895