New York

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

New York's Early Intervention Program is part of the New York State Department of Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay
  • Developmental delay defined as:
    • A 12-month delay in one domain
    • A 33 percent delay in one domain or a 25 percent delay in each of two domains
    • At least two standard deviations in one domain or at least 1.5 standard deviations in each of two domains
    • For children who have been found to have a delay only in the communication domain, a delay of two standard deviations in the area of communication

See early intervention eligibility for more information.

Number of children served

New York reported 28,645 infants and toddlers for the 2011 child count (most current available).

Support service structure

A network of county-based early intervention offices coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the early intervention office for their areas or call 518-473-7016.

Services for at-risk children

Local service team will provide information about available resources for families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information centers listed below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

New York enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See New York insurance for more information.

Parent training and information center

Advocates for Children of New York, Resources for Children with Special Needs and the Sinergia/Metropolitan Parent Center provide support for New York City's five boroughs. The Parent Network of WNY provides parental support and resources for Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, the local early intervention office and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

New York State Education Department
Phone: 518-473-2878

State early intervention resources

A comprehensive list of resources is available at family resources and parent involvement. The New York State Education Department sponsors 15 Early Childhood Direction Centers that provide information about programs and services for young children.

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