85% of brain development occurs before children start kindergarten. Neural circuits that create the foundation for learning, behavior and health are most changeable during the first years of life
Approximately 150,000 New York children ages 0 – 5 years are eligible for Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education because of identified developmental delays or disabilities. Services are funded by state and county funds and administered by county governments.
Early Intervention supports not only the child, but also the child’s family and caregivers. Services are most often provided in the home or care setting, allowing family and caregivers to participate and incorporating therapies with a child’s daily environment. 64 – 74% of children who receive Early Intervention make greater than expected growth.
Preschool Special education is provided in child care and pre-kindergarten classrooms. Children whose needs cannot be met by their school district may be enrolled in specialized schools. 77 – 82% of children who receive Preschool Special Education make greater than expected growth.
Children of color are less likely to have developmental delays and disabilities diagnosed at an early age or to have services initiated within the legally required timeframe.
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The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.