What to Look For
From the time of birth to five years of age, it is important to notice if everything is working appropriately with a child’s hearing, walking, and sight. It is important to maintain eligibility once made eligible and to keep a good file of all the documents that you used and received as you go through any eligibility process.
What to Do
If your child does not appear to be developing like other children their age they may need support services.
Birth to Age 3
Contacts for Support Services:
The first step is to contact your pediatrician to make an appointment. If needed, he or she can refer you to Early Intervention Services.
Early Intervention(EI) Services:
Early intervention can make all the difference in maximizing a child’s potential- between birth and age 3 to prepare them for their entry into school. If you are concerned at any point that your child is not getting the help you believe that they need, contact your pediatrician. If you are still concerned, contact Janine Fitzmaurice, Coordinator of Special Needs Children’s Services (see her contact information below) and she will help guide you each step of the way.
These programs can be of assistance in meeting the care needs of children who have medically complex health, with locating day care services, and getting ready for entry into preschool and elementary school. For more information, please visit the Early Intervention page on Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health.
The CDC offers more information on milestones and child development – ages birth through 5 years.
Contacts for Pre-School Programs:
Services are provided for children with special needs, ages 3-5, in conjunction with the family’s school district. Call your local school district’s Office of Special Education for referrals.
The Dutchess County Helping our Families Guide is another helpful resource to explore to help families with accessing services.
For further information, please feel welcome to contact:
Janine Fitzmaurice, LCSW
Coordinator of Special Needs Children’s Services
Phone: (845) 486-2759
Early Intervention Program
85 Civic Center Plaza – Suite 106
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Information & Referrals: (845) 486-3518
Fax: (845) 486-3982