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Roosevelt Children's Center - a program of Wayne ARC
848 Pierson Avenue
Newark, New York 14513
(315) 331-2086

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Roosevelt Children's Center's goal as an Early Intervention and Preschool program for children ages birth to five is to provide the highest quality of service to all children, with and without special needs, in an integrated and natural setting where all children share the same learning environment.

Roosevelt Children's Center offers a wide variety of diverse services through an experienced, licensed and/or certified staff including special education and early childhood educators, speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, nurses, Early Intervention service coordinators and assistive technology providers.

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Early Intervention Program
RCC's Early Intervention services respond to overall family needs and priorities that are set by the families themselves and approved by the child's County Early Intervention Program. The constellation of services that each child will receive reflects that individual child and his/her family's needs. Birth to three, services are family centered and family driven and include options such as home based and center based visits as well as integrated developmental toddler groups.

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays are eligible for the EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough.

If parents have concerns about their child's development, they can call their county Early Intervention Program to ask for an evaluation.

Wayne County - 946-5682
Ontario County - 396-4439
Seneca County - 539-1930

  • If a child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, parents, county staff, and other team members will make a plan to help the child and family.
  • Early intervention services authorized by the county are provided at no cost to parents. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of the child and family.
  • A child's health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by the county and New York State.
  • Early intervention services are provided where it's best for the child - in places such as the child's home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

Roosevelt Children's Center is approved by New York State to provide the following early intervention services:

  • Evaluations
  • Developmental Toddler Group
  • Special Instruction
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service Coordination

For more information contact: Sara Scileppi, Coordinator of Early Intervention at (315) 331-2086, ext. 271,


Preschool Programs

The preschool program focuses on providing a rich and varied learning experience in which each child can experience success. We anticipate, whenever possible, that the children who have special needs will gain in skill development through their interactions with typical children and typical children will develop positive attitudes of caring, friendship and understanding, while the group as a whole will experience many exciting and innovative preschool activities. We will work toward the development of a positive self-concept and self-reliance and independence within each child's ability.

If a parent is concerned about their child's development they can contact their school district Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) who will arrange for an evaluation. If the child is determined to be eligible for services the CPSE will determine the type of service and will, with parent approval, arrange for a provider.

RCC's Preschool Program provides the following services:

  • Full day and half day classes
  • Preschool programs for typically developing children
  • Day care program
  • Evaluations
  • Special education
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Nursing
  • Psychological services
  • Assistive technology services
  • Music therapy and vision services

For more information contact Lynne Ward, Program Director at (315) 331-2086, ext. 110,

Autism Program

RCC offers a wide range of options for children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their families. We provide a family centered approach that will meet the unique needs of each child and their family. Services can be delivered at home, daycare or at our center in Newark. A combination of home/daycare and center based services is also offered.

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) - This program is run in consultation with the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
  • Developmental Interdisciplinary Services (DIR Approach)
  • Training and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children (TEACCH)

RCC emphasizes team collaboration in the assessment of abilities, development of goals and in program planning. Parents are an integral part of the team. A holistic view of each child is taken as various disciplines join together to plan effective programs for individual children.

For more information contact Louise Jones at (315) 331-2086, ext. 230,

Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

"Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, product, or system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities." (-IDEA PL 105-17)

RCC's goal as an Assistive Technology Team is to evaluate, facilitate and implement Assistive Technology into the home, classroom and community for successful education, interaction and communication.

Services Provided:

  • Lending library of devices
  • Direct services and consultations provided to preschool and school age students based on their IEP
  • Trainings for staff and parents

For more information contact Tina Kiss, Assistive Technology Coordinator at (315) 331-2086, ext. 125,



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