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The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) in Manhattan provides free, confidential and unbiased information, support and referral services to families and professionals working with children with diagnosed or suspected special needs.

Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions about the ECDC from the New York State Education Department Office of Special Education.

If you have additional questions or would like more information, please call 212-746-6175 or e-mail

Here are the Questions and Answers

What is an Early Childhood Direction Center?

Is there an ECDC in my area?

What kinds of information does the ECDC provide?

What kinds of services can I receive?

Is the ECDC only for children who have special needs?

Are services available for families who have foster children?

How do I know if my child has any special needs or a disability?

Are ECDC services based on economic need?

Who makes the decision about what services my child receives?

Will the same person be available every time I call the ECDC?

What kind of follow-up can I expect?

Do I have rights as a parent of a child with special needs?

How do I learn about my rights?

Can I talk to other parents?

What is the advantage of calling an ECDC for assistance?


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