Cayuga County Early Intervention Program
(Birth to 3 years of age) The New York State Early Intervention Program is designed to address the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, motor, and/or adaptive. Evaluations are arranged to assess developmental levels and determine eligibility for the program. The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and supports services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
To receive information about or apply to the EI program, contact Lori Fischer at the Cayuga County Health Department, Phone 315-253-1459.
Preschool Special Education
Auburn Enlarged City School District Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) (3 to 5 years of age)
If you have a preschool child (age 3-5) and you have noticed that your child is not developing skills such as walking, talking, or playing like other children, you may want to talk to your family doctor. He or she may be able to reassure you that children develop at different rates and your child is within normal developmental scales. If, however, the doctor is concerned, or you are still not comfortable with your child's progress, you may make a referral to the CPSE. The CPSE is responsible for arranging an evaluation to explore areas of concern, and if a disability is substantiated, to arrange for the delivery of appropriate services.
Also, if your three year old is currently receiving services from the county Early Intervention Program (see above) and continues to need special education services, he or she will need to transition (move) from the EI Program to CPSE. Your EI official will help initiate this process for you.
For more information regarding CPSE, and/or to request a referral packet, please contact:
Maribeth Delany, CPSE Chairperson, Phone 315-255-8848
or Jennifer Whipple, Director of Elementary Education, Phone 315-255-8854