KCC provides multidisciplinary CPSE evaluations in English or Spanish to children from 2.5 years old to 4.5 years old. These evaluations are provided at no cost for children with a suspected developmental delay who have prior approval from the NYC Department of Education.
The following resources provide general guidelines for early childhood development. You can use these guidelines if you suspect your child is not developing at the same rate as most other children his or her age:
Kennedy Child Study Center Evaluation Brochure (click here for Spanish)
CDC: Act Early
If your child’s development does not seem to follow these guidelines, discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. If you or your doctor believe that your child is exhibiting atypical development or delays, you are entitled to have him or her professionally evaluated, at no cost to you. An evaluation is the first step to gaining eligibility for government-funded special education and therapeutic services. Seeking an evaluation as soon as possible will allow your child to receive the support he or she needs at an early age, when intervention will be most effective.
Throughout the evaluation process, our staff will work with you to answer your questions and assure that your needs are addressed. We will accompany you to meetings with the New York City Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to help determine your child’s eligibility for services and develop an individualized plan of appropriate services for your child.
If you have questions or would like information about referring your child for an evaluation or services, please contact our Intake Department at (212) 988-9500 ext. 294 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about KCC's special education preschool program and related services here.