Hudson Valley Early Childhood Learning Center

Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program operated by Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association offers evaluations, therapies, programming, and parent support to infants (6 weeks to 18 months) experiencing developmental disabilities. The program serves 5 children in the morning and another 5 in the afternoon. Effective programming must not only be sensitive to the infant as an individual, but also to the family as well. Therefore, the successful design of their program must include input from the family as well as the developmental specialist and clinical support staff. The program serves children from both Putnam and Dutchess Counties as well as Northern Westchester County. The main emphasis of the individualized programming for each infant is to promote cognitive, social and motor development by utilizing a team approach. The team working with each infant is comprised of an developmental specialist, teaching assistants and clinical services as needed, which include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Psychological services.

Pre-School Program
Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association operates a center-based Pre-School Program for children between 2.9 and 5 years of age, who experience disabilities and may be multiply-handicapped. This program is regulated by the New York State Department of Education. The program goals are designed to give the child a foundation in Educational, Cognitive, Motor, and Social Skills that will enhance their success when they become students in the public educational system. The program enjoys the active involvement of parents. The Family Intervention Program was designed to offer three phases of intervention: information, advocacy training, and support services. Parents are actively involved in the design and implementation of not only their child’s program, but the continuing development for the Pre-School Program itself.

The Agency operates several different types of classrooms. There are six self contained classrooms comprised of six or eight students each. The Pre-School Program also offers two integrated classrooms, or Special Classroom in an Integrated Setting (SCIS), of 12 students each for identified special need students who received services along with students from the community. The program offers student clinical support services including Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy as well as psychological and social work services. We have also begun providing Dental Screenings with in house dentists and Vision Screening through The Rotary Lions to alert parents to follow up with a local ophthalmologist.

After a child is classified as a pre-school student with a disability they can either receive center-based services or related itinerant services. Itinerary services provided by HVCPA include Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and/or counseling. These services are intended to provide assistance to a child’s natural setting, be it in the community, their home, or at the center.

Day Care and Nursery Services
Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association operates a Nursery School and Day Care program to provide child care to infants and toddlers of the community as well as HVCPA staff. This includes an Integrated Toddler Program, serving children with and without disabilities ages 18 months to 3 years. The Nursery School operates half-day programs while daycare hours are full day from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Children who may require intervention services (i.e., speech and language, occupational and physical therapy) are able to receive these services through the Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association Article 28 Clinic during their nursery/daycare hours.