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Early Childhood Direction Center

ECDCD provides information, referral and support to families and professionals working with children, both typically developing and those with special education needs, ages birth through five

Our services are available, free of charge and confidentially, to all families, providers, and community agencies in the following counties:
Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St.Lawrence, Warren, and Washington.


ECDC is proud to be a lead agency in providing community collaboration with child care, preschool special education and early intervention. We work to partner with community based organizations to promote positive out comes for young children and their families

The Capital District.North County ECDC is located at Capital Region BOCES in the School Support Division.

We receive our finding from NYSED/Ofice if Special Education, where we are a part of a statewide network of 14 Early Childhood Direction Centers.

About Us

ECDC covers a 16-county region (Albany, Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselear, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, St.Lawrence, Warren and Washington)


  • Information to address your questions about early childhood development, behavior, and specific disabilities.
  • Linking families and children to services and programs in the community
  • Access to up-to-date resources, including state and federal guidelines and regulations
  • Training and workshops, tailored to your organizations's needs.
  • Information on the evaluation process, challenging behaviors, and community services.
  • Follow-up with families until children are in kindergarten.
  • Observations, consultation, and technical assistance for child care providers and and professionals and families.


The Capital District/North Country Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) provides training to parents, daycare centers, preschool programs, UPK, Head Start, nursery schools, and community agencies. Trainings can be provided on-site and tailored to fit the needs of your agency.

We offer trainings on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Transition
  • Development
  • Behavior
  • Early Intervention
  • Special Education

Please contact ECDC to schedule a workshop for your program or group: 518-464-6356

Transition Workshops

ECDC offers transition workshops for parents of children transitioning from Early Intervention (EI) to Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and from Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to School Age services (CSE). Both sessions clearly explain the process, parents rights and similarities and differences in the systems. These workshops are free and are available for both day and evening sessions.


Information about community resources can make a difference in your life. ECDC has a wealth of resources available for families, providers, community agencies and anyone else working wit young children. We offer Bulletins; Guides on Special Education; Checklists for Behavior, Sensory Development, and much more.