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Welcome to the St. Mary’s Healthcare System Resource Directory

This resource directory is for families/caregivers of children who have medically complex needs or long-lasting conditions that require extra health care and support services.

The information in this directory is provided to help you find resources to assist you with finding help for your child and family. The range of care/disability/health issues varies amongst children so the information may or may not pertain to your child.

What you'll find

After a family learns that their child is ill parents/caregivers typically begin to think about how they can best care for their child. The resources in this directory include agencies, service providers, advocacy organizations, and other resources to assist with providing a quality life for children with medically complex needs.

To find a resource enter your area of interest in the search box on the side bar and the location in the box located on the top of the screen. The directory is intended to assist you with being the best advocate for your child. Although we attempt to keep the directory current resources change constantly.

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Category: Education

  1. Early Childhood Direction Center -Queens ecdc-queens.webs.com

    Provides free, confidential information and referral services to families and professionals working with young children diagnosed or suspected to have special needs.

    Contact Information

    For more information please contact our staff:
    Catherine Warkala MS Director Cwarkla@queenscp.org
    Michelle Rojas Bilingual Family Service Worker mrojas@queenscp.org
    Siddika Duke Bilingual Family Service Worker Sduke@queenscp.org

  2. Early Childhood Direction Center- Staten Island siuh.edu

    The Early Childhood Direction Center is a free service, funded by the New York State Education Department with sponsorship by Staten Island University Hospital.

    Our Mission is to help parents and professionals locate and use community services that are designed for children (age five and under) with special needs or handicaps


    North Site 475 Seaview Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305 Phone: (718) 226-9000 South Site 375 Seguine Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10309 Phone: (718) 226-2000

  3. Early Childhood Direction Center-Manhattan nyp.org

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

    Contact Information

    (212) 746-6175


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

  4. Early Intervention Referrals- NYC Department of Health health.ny.gov

    Early intervention services are provided to help your child grow and develop,and to help you support and promote your child’s development.
    These services include evaluation services (such as hearing and vision screening);home visits; speech, physical and other therapies; child developmentgroups; family counseling; and, sometimes, even help with transportation.

    These services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to you.

    Any child from birth to age three with a developmental delay, disability or condition that affects development may need help.

    For the phone number of your county’s program:For the phone number of your county’s program, call the New York State “Growing Up Healthy” 24-hour Hotline at 1-800-522-5006 In New York City, call 311

  5. Growing Up Healthy Hotline health.ny.gov

    A 24 hour/7 day a week (English/Spanish) hotline number you can call to get more information on NYS educational services, health insurance, and financial assistance.  An operator will help you identify services you need and help you locate a provider in your area.

    Contact Information

    Phone: 1-800-522-5006

    TTY:  1-800-655-1789

  6. Private Special Education Schools NYC p12.nysed.gov

    Private Special education schools primarily serve specific student groups such as those that may have learning difficulties (or ADHD/ADD), be hard of hearing, deaf, speech impaired, health impaired, orthopedically impaired, mentally retarded, seriously emotionally disturbed, multi-handicapped, visually handicapped, or deaf and blind.

    Contact Information

    Email: speced@mail.nysed.gov


    New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB Albany, New York 12234

  7. Special Education Services -NYC schools.nyc.gov

    Ensures a free, appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment to children ages 3-21 with disabilities who live in NYS.  Students thought to have a disability are referred to a multidisciplinary team (teacher, psychologist and therapist) called the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).  For an evaluation for special education services, contact your local school district.

  8. Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) vesid.nysed.gov

    For high school students.  Provides counselors who work with students within 2 years of expected graduation to help with the transition planning process.

    Contact Information

    VESID NYC Regional Office (Brooklyn, NY):  718-722-4544