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Training Programs

The Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) in Manhattan provides free training programs to families and professionals. Workshops offered include information on the early intervention and preschool special education systems. Training programs are tailored to the specific needs of families or agencies and are offered on-site.

Workshops offered by the ECDC in Manhattan

  • Early Intervention - An overview for professionals
  • Preschool Special Education - An overview for professionals
  • The Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education Services - Supporting families through the process
  • The Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten Special Education Services - Supporting families through the process
  • Sharing the News - Talking with families about their child's development and supporting them through the early intervention and/or preschool special education evaluation process
  • Finding Your Way Through the ABC's of Early Intervention and Special Education Services - An Educator's Guide: Learn the meaning of the "Alphabet Soup" of early intervention and special education services and how you can help families understand these systems
  • What is an IFSP / What is an IEP - The role of the early childhood teacher in the development and implementation of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) / Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Positive Learning Outcomes - Strategies for incorporating and supporting Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)/ Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals in early childhood classrooms
  • Positive Learning Outcomes - Supporting effective curriculum for all children
  • Collaborations for Kindergarten Readiness - Strategies for working with families and special education itinerant teachers.
  • Challenging Behaviors - Including children with social/emotional issues in early childhood environments
  • Looking Beyond Labels - Developing and supporting empathy and compassion in young children
  • Working with Special Education Itinerant Teachers and Related Service Providers - Successful collaborations in early childhood classrooms
  • The NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core - an overview for preschool special educators
  • There is a Child in My Classroom Who... Identifying Developmental Concerns in Young Children
  • Engaging Linguistically Diverse Children in Early Childhood Classrooms -  Strategies and techniques for supporting emerging multilingual learners


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