Bright Starts of CNY, LLC
Kristen Pearce
Nicole Reynolds: Special Education Coordinator/Physical Therapist
5962 Rt 31 Suite 7 box 10
Cicero, NY, 13039
Phone: 315-698-0033 Fax 315-698-0031

Bright Starts of CNY provides Early Intervention, Preschool Related Services and Inclusive Preschool programing for all children from birth to 5 years of age in Onondaga County and surrounding counties.  Our providers work in the homes with families, with the child’s care providers or their preschool programs to promote healthy development of each child’s social-emotional, physical and cognitive abilities.  A Place to Grow at Bright Starts is a new Special Class Integrated classroom that opened in September 2019.  Our program is located at 5962 Rte. 31 in Cicero.  This class is a half-day 8:1:2 Monday through Friday with a morning and afternoon session.  Transportation services are available if specified on a child’s IEP.  Services are provided by staff including General and Special Education teachers, Occupational, Physical, Speech therapist and paraprofessionals.  Our spacious classroom allows for therapies to take place right in the classroom setting while still providing quiet areas for sessions as needed.


Child Care Solutions:
Lori Schakow, Education Director
6724 Thompson Road, Syracuse, NY 13211
Phone: 315-446-1220 FAX: 315-446-2010

Child Care Solutions is a non-profit childcare resource and referral agency that builds partnerships with childcare providers, parents and employers to promote accessible, quality childcare services in Onondaga and Cayuga County. Call us for more information about training and education opportunities, referrals to childcare and services for employers.

Children’s Therapy Network:
Cami Riley, Director of Programming
171 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse, NY  13205
Phone: 315-437-4689 FAX: 315-437-4690

Children’s Therapy Network’s Speech-Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, Special Education Teachers, Music Therapist and School Psychologists provide Early Intervention and preschool services through the Committee on Preschool Special Education to children in 21 Counties in New York State.  Our providers support children in their natural environment and can be found everyday connecting with children and families in homes, preschools, daycares, and a variety of community sites.  CTN has physical offices in Syracuse, Utica and Vestal and a caring, multifaceted nonclinical team to help families in all areas feel connected and supported.

Connections Family-Centered Therapies:
John Torrens, Director
1744 W. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY  13204
Phone: 315-468-3414, FAX: 315-468-2089

Connections family-centered therapies (“Connections”) is family-centered for both its clients and staff.  It is our proven belief that a flexible work-life begets passionate professionals.  We are a full-service early intervention and preschool agency providing itinerant speech, occupational and physical therapies, special education teacher services, and a unique Parent Empowerment Program (PEP).  PEP’s goal is to support caregivers seeking strategies/solutions to a child’s behavioral challenges, to increase confidence in parenting skills and to problem-solve situations arising from changes in the family dynamic. Our Sensory Processing and Caregiver Support (SPACE) program provides caregivers with knowledge of and hands-on demonstrations of a sensory diet designed to meet each child/family’s needs. “We’ll meet you where you are” both literally (at your home, your daycare, your preschool) and figuratively (where your current development is).  In addition to early intervention and preschool evaluations for eligibility, we offer auditory brainstem response (ABR) hearing evaluations. We provide diagnostic evaluations through CPSE and early intervention as well as  team pediatric developmental evaluations (Developmental Connections) with an MD for children suspected of Autism Spectrum Disorders and other diagnosable developmental disabilities.  We host weekly caregiver/child playgroups through early intervention at “Connections at the Cottage”.  It is our privilege to serve children and families in this awesome community.

Early Childhood Alliance –
Laurie Black, Director
431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone – 315-436-9857

The Early Childhood Alliance is a cross-sector coalition advancing a comprehensive approach for integrating high quality services and supports for children and families in Onondaga County, New York. The ECA focuses its strategic initiatives on families with children zero to five. The mission of the ECA is that all children are healthy, thriving and ready to succeed in school and life. A priority focus area for the ECA is to ensure that all families of young children are supported in their parenting and have knowledge, skills, confidence and resources they need to raise their children in healthy and nurturing environments.  A key strategy of the ECA is Help Me Grow Onondaga.  Families and providers can call 2-1-1 to talk with a Help Me Grow Care Coordinator to discuss a child’s growth and to be connected with community resources related to early child development and parent supports.

Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Center (FACE):
Maria Gill,  Director
370 Huntington Hall, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244
Phone: 315-443-4352 FAX: 315-443-2258

The EC FACE Center promotes meaningful family involvement within the educational system, builds collaborative community relationships, and provides information and training about available service options and delivery systems for children from birth-5. Resource and referral services are available. Our services are available to all families, school districts, early childhood providers, and community agencies within the following counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, Tompkins, free of charge and confidentially.

E. John Gavras Center:
Danielle Ambrose, CEO/ Kenn Ward, Principal of Education Services
182 North Street, Auburn, NY  13021
Phone: 315-255-2746 FAX 315-255-2740

The E. John Gavras Center Preschool and Early Intervention Programs have been servicing children and families in the Fingerlakes area for over 45 years.  Our Integrated Special Education Preschool program is dedicated to providing individualized learning opportunities for 48 children with speech, occupational and physical therapy support services on site.  We have morning and afternoon programs available (8:45 -11:15 and 12:00 – 2:30).  Our Toddler Group has a morning program (9:00 – 11:00, M/W/F or T/Th).  We offer a comfortable learning environment with center-based activities and indoor and outdoor playground areas.  The Gavras Center follows the school schedule. There is a registered nurse on staff to handle any health/medical needs.  In addition, some students receive Behavioral Programming under the direction and supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Comprehensive Preschool Evaluations are provided weekly. The Gavras Center also provides UPK and 3PK full day programming through the Auburn City School District.


Exceptional Family Resources:
Karen Adams, Resource Specialist/Family Education & Training Coordinator/Compliance Coordinator and Resource Manual Editor
1820 LeMoyne Ave
Syracuse NY 13208
Phone: 315-478-1462   Fax: 315-478-1467
Exceptional Family Resources (EFR) partners with individuals with disabilities and their families to enhance lives and foster community acceptance. We provide Community Hab, Respite, Recreation and Employment Services. We also offer Self-Direction, FI and Broker services. The Resource Specialist provides Information and referrals, Advocacy workshops and Family Education and Training sessions.


Gebbie Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic:
Kim Lamparelli, Speech-Language Clinic Director and Joseph Pellegrino, Audiology Clinic Director
621 Skytop, Suite 1200, Syracuse NY, 13244
Phone: 315-443-9637 FAX: 315- 443-4413
Gebbie Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is a training facility affiliated with the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders at Syracuse University.  The Clinic offers a full range of evaluation and treatment services for children and families in the areas of audiology, speech, and language.  Our services are conducted by graduate students under the direct supervision of speech language pathologists and audiologists, as well as through consultation with faculty and researchers in the field.


Head Start/Early Head Start of P.E.A.C.E., Inc.:
Dawn Engel, Disabilities Coordinator
Sumner Head Start, 215 Bassett St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-470-3346 FAX: 315-214-2667
Head Start is a federally funded and locally operated preschool program for children ages three and four and targets low-income families. The program provides families with information on health, social services, nutrition and child development. The program also serves disabled and non-disabled in inclusive classroom settings. Head Start actively encourages parental involvement and participation in all aspects of the program. Early Head Start provides comprehensive child development and family support services to low income families with children under three and pregnant women.


Hear 2 Learn: Pediatric Therapies for Independent Lives:
Dr. Arlene Balestra-Marko, Au.D, FAAA, PASC
Principal Member
Denise Chupeck, MS, OTR/L
Assistant Director of Preschool Programs
6575 Kirkville Rd, East Syracuse NY 13057
Phone: 315-701-5710, Fax: 315-701-5711

Early intervention, preschool, school age and private pay provider of varied services; including: developmental programs, professional development and trainings, family support, and state of the art pediatric audiology clinic for testing and assistive devices.
Professional services include: speech/language and motor therapies, special education, teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing, feeding, service coordination, psychology, and evaluations.


Jowonio School:
Lori Saile, Director
3049 East Genesee St., Syracuse NY 13224
Phone: (315) 445-4010  FAX: (315) 445-4060
Opened in 1969, Jowonio’s center-based program serves students 2 to 5 years in engaging, developmentally appropriate and fully inclusive classrooms offering a wide range of activities, materials, and supports.
– Classrooms run for 2.5 hours, 4.25 hours or 5.75 hours per day, as well as a 3-hour per day collaboration at Bellevue Heights Nursery School.
– Itinerant services are provided to a small number of children in homes and community settings.
– Early morning and afterschool care is typically available on a limited basis at the main site
– 2 full time social workers provide case management and family support,
– Trans-disciplinary play-based evaluations available for preschool aged children
Most Jowonio classrooms have a total of 16 children, with 6 of those children receiving special education services through an IEP
– Classroom Staff: special education teacher and assistant, and a regular education assistant.
– If a child has a 1:1 aide on their IEP, an additional adult is added to the classroom staff; responsibility for providing 1:1 support is rotated between all classroom staff members
Related Services: Speech, occupational, physical, play therapies
– Therapists provide support within the classrooms or within our well-equipped therapy rooms.
– Strategies and supports are incorporated in the classroom throughout the day.
– A play therapist on staff works with children upon request regardless of IEP status
– If a child requires a service we don’t provide (i.e. music therapy, teacher of the deaf/hearing impaired or of the visually impaired, etc), that can be provided onsite by therapists from outside agencies


Liberty POST:
Laura Zaferakis, M.S., Spec.Ed., CAS; Vice President
6723 Towpath Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057
315.425.1004, Ext. 1522

Employing experienced and skilled clinicians, Liberty POST provides a range of services to children within Early Intervention, Preschool Special Education, School Aged Special Education and Private Therapy.  We are approved by the New York State Education Department to provide Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) services, as well as Multi-Disciplinary Evaluations and Related Services at the Preschool level. The New York State Department of Health has approved us to provide evaluations and direct therapy (OT, PT, SLP and Special Instruction, Nutritionist, etc.) to children enrolled in the Early Intervention program. We run an Early Intervention Toddler Program, a Sensory Gym, and a diagnostic evaluation program to diagnose Autism and other related disorders. Our services are delivered in a child’s natural environment and we emphasize collaboration and teaming between therapists and the child’s family to help make the biggest impact in a child’s development. We have therapists who specialize in feeding/swallowing issues, Apraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Multiple Disabilities, prematurity and related issues, and we employ a variety of methodologies in our therapy sessions.


Little Lukes:
Jackie Franklin, Program Coordinator
5820 Heritage Landing Drive, E Syracuse NY 13057
Phone: 315-701-1107    Fax: 315-701-1131
Locations in Dewitt, Baldwinsville, Fulton, and Oswego
LittleLukes provides Early Intervention, Preschool Related Services, and Inclusive preschool and childcare classrooms.  EI and Preschool Itinerant services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and special education teacher services to children at their home or chldcare setting.  Inclusive preschool classrooms are available as half-day and full-day sessions, Monday through Friday, at each Little Lukes location.  In-house teams of physical therapy, occuapational therapy, speech therapy, and special education teachers work with preschoolers in each center.  Our childcare centers are open from 6:30 am-6:30 pm and serve children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age, offering full-day and before and after school childcare services.  Evaluations are also provided.


New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS):
Tina Cook, Supervisor
The Atrium, Suite 350, 2 Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY  13219
Phone: 315-423-1202  Fax: 315-423-1198
Day care licensing and technical assistance for Family Day Care, group Family Day Care, Day Care Centers and School Age Child Care, covering 14 counties.
North Syracuse Early Education Program:
Dawn Hussein, Principal
205 South Main St., North Syracuse, NY 13212
Phone: 315-218-2200  FAX: 315-218-2285
The North Syracuse Early Education Program, operated by the North Syracuse School District, provides services for 3 and 4 year old children.  It offers services for young children including inclusive special education preschool programs (full and half-day sessions), teacher of the visually impaired, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, counseling, a health office with an RN and LPN, and a school social worker.  NSEEP has enrollment for general education preschool students (2, 3 and 5 days a week) and is also a preschool evaluation site.
Onondaga Central Preschool Program
Margie Hart, Program Director & CPSE Chair
208 Rockwell Rd  Nedrow NY 13021
Phone: 315-552-5070  FAX: 315-469-7732
Onondaga Central preschool Program offer preschool classes for typical and children with disabilities.  Our morning class is 2.5 hours from 8:45 to 11:15 AM for three year olds.  Our afternoon class runs from 12:15 to 2:45 PM for four year old children.  We offer Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy for our special needs children.  We offer a dually certified teacher in Early Childhood Education and Special Education along with three teacher assistants to meet the children’s learning needs.  We also are a Preschool Evaluation site.
Onondaga County Health Department Special Children Services  and
Betsy Primo, Coordinator for EI and CPSE
421 Montgomery Street- 9E, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-435-3230  FAX: 315-435-2678Early Intervention (EI) is a Federally and State mandated program that provides special education and therapy services to children from birth through 3 years of age who are found through multi-disciplinary evaluation to have a disability or developmental delay. EI CARES (Children at Risk Early Screening) works to identify children birth to age 3 who are at-risk for development delays.
The Preschool Special Education Program provides mandated services authorized by local school districts for 3 – 5 year old children with special needs in a variety of settings in the community. For more information, contact your local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

Cris Donovan, Associate Executive Director/Interim Preschool Director
882 NYS Rt. 13
Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-9375 Fax: 607-758-9287

Classrooms serve children in an integrated and inclusive setting. Our special education services are conducted in partnership with either toddler or preschool age childcare programs.
We operate preschool programs at various sites throughout Tompkins, Cortland and Tioga Counties, and Childcare for toddlers (18mo-3 years of age) in Tompkins County. Families and children learn and grow from the integrated setting and benefit from our highly skilled staff.

SPICE at Elmcrest Children’s Center
Margo Nish, Administrator
960 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse, NY 13224
Phone: 315-446-3220  Fax: 315-446-3274

SPICE at Park Hill
Michelle King, Administrator
303 Roby Ave., East Syracuse, NY 13057
Phone: 315-434-3805 Fax: 315-434-3820

SPICE (Special Preschool Interventions for Children’s Education) has been serving the community for over 30 years.  The SPICE program provides services free of cost to preschoolers with disabilities at two separate sites. At the main site on the Elmcrest campus, SPICE offers a 5-hour, full-day integrated program that runs from 8am to 1pm for 48 children. At the Park Hill School in East Syracuse, SPICE offers a 2.5-hour, fully-integrated program in two sessions from 9-11:30am and 12:30-3pm for 40 children. Children qualify for the program under a general category of “preschooler with a disability” through local school districts’ preschool special education departments.  Children who attend the SPICE component have needs related to delays or concerns in a variety of areas, including cognition, communication, physical development, social/emotional development, and behavior.  Services to address these needs are provided during the preschool day alongside typical peers, both in and out of the classroom.  SPICE follows a school schedule and is open generally in accordance with the Syracuse City School District calendar.  There are also onsite support staff who provide services to students who have special needs, including speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, a play therapist, a school psychologist intern, and family coordinators. Supporting families is an important component of the program.  SPICE also offers transdisciplinary preschool evaluations.

Syracuse City School District: Early Childhood Program
220 West Kennedy Street, Syracuse 13205
Phone: 315-435-4276  FAX: 315-435-6553

The Early Childhood Program provides comprehensive services for children with disabilities ages three to five years. The Preschool Program provides inclusive education in the District’s Pre-Kindergarten during half day or full day sessions, based upon the child’s needs. Services are indicated on each child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Breakfast and/or lunch are available. Transdisciplinary support teams are assigned to the classrooms consisting of a special education teacher, speech pathologist, psychologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, nurse and social worker. Parents are presented with a variety of opportunities to develop their roles as partners in the classroom and in the educational process.

Thrive By 5:
Shannan Buff, Program Coordinator
1951 Caleb Ave., Syracuse, NY  13206
Phone:  315-218-7444  Fax:  315-218-7466

Thrive By 5 is a group of dedicated professionals that include occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, social workers, special education teachers and teachers of the vision impaired. We work with each client in a holistic manner, believing that each client has the ability to learn in his/her own unique way. We continuously search for new programs to assist us in serving our families more effectively such as PROMPT, DIR/floortime, SoListen-Listening Training, Therapeutic Listening, Sensory Integrative Praxis  Tests and Interventions, and Infant Massage.  We are particularly proud of the expertise our staff have regarding Autism/PDD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Down’s Syndrome, CP, apraxia/oral motor impairments, and feeding/swallowing. We offer  home and community based services including individual sessions, parent-child playgroups as well as multi-disciplinary and supplemental Early Intervention evaluations.