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Children with Special Care Needs (CSCN)

HELP for your family is just a phone call away... (607) 274-6644

Urgent Need For:

Child Find

Child Find is the primary referral source to the Early Intervention Program for children ages birth up to age three. Through Child Find, children who are suspected or at risk for developmental delay or disability are monitored and screened. The Child Find-Early Intervention staff works closely with your child's primary care provider to monitor your child's developmental progress. If a potentially qualifying disability or delay is identified, your child will be referred to our Early Intervention Program for evaluation.

Early Intervention Program

Upon entering the Early Intervention Program, your child will be evaluated for developmental delay. If your child qualifies, services for your child can be provided in your home free of charge. Services include further evaluation if needed, vision and hearing, speech, physical, and other therapies; child development groups and family counseling. These services are provided to help your child grow and develop, and to help you care for your child.


Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program provides assistance to families of children with special health care needs birth through age 21 who need help in accessing various health care professionals and other community resources. We will also help you to access appropriate health care coverage such as Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid. Our Family Outreach Worker is a Certified Social Worker who will work one-on-one with you to help you meet your family’s needs.


Physically Handicapped Children's Program

The Physically Handicapped Children's Program offers financial assistance to families with children birth to 21 years of age, who have or are suspected of having a chronic and/or disabling medical condition. The program is available to Tompkins County residents who meet the medical and financial criteria.



Your Guide To Family-Friendly, Child-Centered Community Settings and Activities

Tompkins County is full of fun things for children to do, and interesting places for children to go with their families. While there’s always more, we hope the contents of this guide provides you with the information and inspiration to explore a variety of family friendly/child centered community settings and activities with your children. The guide includes:

  • Playgrounds, Parks and Pools
  • Indoor Play Spaces
  • Science and Nature
  • Libraries/Story Times
  • Last but not least!
  • Theatre, Movement, Music and Arts, etc.
  • New York State Parks
  • Ithaca Trails
  • For Parents and Caregivers
  • Websites and apps for Finding Fun
Download Your Guide Here

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Urgent Need: LCSWs, SLPs, and Special Instruction Teachers

The Tompkins County Health Department is looking for qualified Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs), and Special Instruction Teachers to provide services in the Early Intervention Program and Preschool Services to children birth to age 4. Provide care in a team-based approach working closely with a Service Coordinator and other therapists.

If you are a qualified provider or want more information on working in these programs, please call CSCN at 607-274-6644 during regular business hours, or email so that we can get in touch with you.

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