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Highlighted Acronyms
Early Intervention
Did you know...?
Legislative Corner
Key Resource
Acronym Corner
AAC | Augmentative and Alternative Communication
ABA | Applied Behavior Analysis
CPSE Committee on Preschool Special Education
ECDC | Early Childhood Direction Center 
ECE | Early Childhood Education
ECSE | Early Childhood Special Education
EI | Early Intervention  
EIP | Early Intervention Program
EIS | Early Intervening Services
IFSP | Individualized Family Service Plan
ITCA | Infants and Toddlers Coordinators Association
NECTAC | National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue of our Long Island Parent Center (LIPC) Newsletter, we will focus on Early Childhood Education.  We will discuss definitions and resources available on this topic.  The Long Island Parent Center provides technical assistance to families and the professionals that work with them for youth ages 3 to 21.  Our NYS network partner, the Early Childhood Direction Center of Long Island, provides technical assistance for children from birth to 5 years old.  Our organizations work collaboratively as children transition from the Early Intervention process into special education. 

Highlighted Acronyms
EI | Early Intervention 
CPSE | Committee on Preschool Special Education
Early Intervention
Early Intervention (EI) is the process of providing services, education, and support to infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability.
New York State Early Intervention Program Website
The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the National Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. 


What services are provided?
The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families including but not limited to:
  • family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups
  • special instruction
  • speech pathology and audiology
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • psychological services
  • service coordination
  • nursing services
  • nutrition services
  • social work services
  • vision services
  • assistive technology devices and services


Who should you contact for services?

Municipal Early Intervention Official (EIO) designated by the chief elected official of the municipality/county administers the Early Intervention Program locally.


Nassau County Health Department
60 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Suite 100
Uniondale, New York 11553-3683
Main: 516-227-8661
Fax: 516-227-8662
Suffolk County Health Services
50 Laser Court
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Main: 631-853-3100
Fax: 631-853-2300
The above information is from the NYS Department of Health's Website on
the Early Intervention Program.
Did you know? 
Early Childhood Milestones


There are certain milestones you should look for with your growing baby. If your baby has not reached these milestones at or close to the designated time, you may want to consider talking to your child's pediatrician and your community's Early Intervention Program.


At three months of age, most babies:
  • make cooing noises
  • turn their head toward bright colors and lights
  • respond to their mother's voice
At six months of age, most babies:
  • turn toward the source of normal sound
  • reach for objects and pick them up
  • follow moving objects with their eyes
At twelve months of age, most babies: 
  • crawl
  • play peek-a-boo and patty cake
  • make "ma-ma" and "da-da" sounds 

At 18 months of age, most babies:

  • say at least six words
  • feed themselves
  • walk without help

At 2 years of age, most children:

  • like to imitate their parents
  • show affection
  • use two to three word sentences

To see a more detailed checklist of milestones for growing children please click here.


Legislative Corner
Early Intervention Program 

"On September 6, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These final regulations will help improve services and outcomes for America's infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families."


To learn more about Part C and other parts of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) click here.

Key Resource


The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) serves Part C-Infant and Toddlers with Disabilities Programs and Part B-Section 619 Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities in all 50 states and 10 jurisdictions to improve service systems and outcomes for children and families. 
The NECTAC website is filled with great resources and would be worth your time to visit.


Check out their article on Proposed Benefits of Preschool Inclusion.
From Early Intervention

"Parents who have a child receiving services in Early Intervention need to be aware that as the child is approaching age three, the determination of his/her program and services becomes the responsibility of his school district through the Committee of Preschool Special Education (CPSE). The child's Ongoing Service Coordinator will help facilitate this transition so there is no gap between Early Intervention and CPSE services for an eligible child. A child's eligibility for Early Intervention ends the day before his/her third birthday unless the child has been determined eligible for CPSE services and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed...."


To continue reading this article from our Early Childhood Direction Center, click here.

We look forward to working with you.  Please check out the LIPC Website for updates on future trainings and workshops, please forward this publication to your networks. Be sure look out for our next newsletter!