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Children with Special Needs Bureau (CSN) is comprised of these programs:

  • Early Intervention Program (EIP)
  • Preschool Education Program (PEP)
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN)

Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a comprehensive program for eligible children from birth to three years old who have a disability or a developmental delay. Early intervention services help children grow and develop and meet their full potential. To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or documented developmental delay, as defined by the New York State Regulations, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.

Eligibility is established by New York State approved evaluators chosen by a family to conduct multidisciplinary evaluations that will assess the child's overall development. If found eligible for Early Intervention services, a child may receive services such as speech therapy, physical therapy occupational therapy and family training. Services are provided at no cost to the family.

Preschool Education Program
The Preschool Education Program (PEP) serves preschoolers ages three to five years old that have been identified as having a diagnosis or developmental delay. In addition to acting as a fiscal agent, the Preschool Special Education Program (PSEP) serves as a resource for parents and professionals to help them participate as full partners in the educational process, while working as a team with the State Education Department (SED) to ensure that eligibility and recommendatons for services meet SED's regulatory requirements for an appropriate Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN) provides information referral and advocacy for families of children who are physically challenged or chronically ill, birth through 21 years of age. 

The Health Department also continues to help shape county and state policy through a number of partnerships including the Downstate Early Childhood Council Officials Workgroup, The Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council, State Education Department, Special Education Regional Training Centers and State Education Early Childhood Direction Center.