Child Day Care Centers Suffolk County New York

Useful Web Resource Links for Families

Listed below are some websites that provide information that may be useful to parents.

Governmental and Municipal Information

Suffolk County Division of Services for Children with Special Needs

Nassau County Division of Services for Children with Special Needs

New York State Education Department – Special Education

New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities


Towns in Suffolk County Offices offering Disability Services

2019 Disability Services Offices Towns in Suffolk


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Suffolk County Public Libraries website links

Suffolk County Public Libraries website links UPDATED

Information for Families

Parent to Parent of New York State

Wrightslaw - Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Long Island Advocacy Center

National Down Syndrome Society

Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation

Autism Speaks

Autism Society

Cerebral Palsy Guide

CHADD is a national organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.

National Center for Learning Disabilities


La Leche League International

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute US Department of Health and Human Services
Ways to enhance children’s activity and nutrition

America’s move to raise a healthier generation of kids

Dental Health

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dental health

Backpack Connection Series

The Backpack Connection Series was created to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. We hope you find them useful.


How to Teach Your Child to Appropriately Get Your Attention & ESPANOL

How to help your child have a successful bedtime & ESPANOL

How to use visual schedules to help your child understand expectations & ESPANOL

How to give clear directions & ESPANOL

How to help your child have a successful morning & ESPANOL

How to help your child learn to share & ESPANOL

How to help your child learn to trade & ESPANOL

How to help your child manage time and understand expectations & ESPANOL

How to help your child recognize & understand frustration & ESPANOL

How to help your child recognize and understand anger & ESPANOL

How to help your child recognize and understand jealousy & ESPANOL

How to help your child recognize and understand sadness & ESPANOL

How to help your child recognize disappointment & ESPANOL

How to help your child stop biting & ESPANOL

How to help your child stop whining & ESPANOL

How to help your child transition smoothly between places and activities & ESPANOL

How to help your child understand and label emotions & ESPANOL

How to plan activities to reduce challenging behaviors & ESPANOL

How to understand the meaning of your child's challenging behavior & ESPANOL

How to use positive language to improve your child's behavior & ESPANOL

How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Fear & espanol

How to Help Your Child Stop Hitting and Pushing & espanol

How to Use Social Stories to Teach Your Child New Skills and Expectations & espanol

How to Teach Your Child to Take Turns & espanol

How to Help Your Child Avoid Meltdowns & espanol

Toilet Training - An AFC Parent Workshop

This workshop is intended to help you learn a toilet training protocol designed to make the greatest improvements in your family’s life. Toilet training is a rite of passage that parents, caregivers, and children typically pass through when youngsters are between the ages of 18 months and 3 ½ years. Managing a child’s toileting doesn’t get easier with their age. The longer you delay toilet training, the longer it will take to achieve continence, and the longer the individual will depend upon caregivers for toileting needs.

Toilet Training-Parent-Family-Workshop-PowerPoint

My Potty Training Book

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Some very useful information on the language of Special Education

CRACKING THE CODE - Understanding the Language and Acronyms of Special Education

parent tips for parent teacher conference Padres y maestros conferencia

occupational therapy glossary

physical therapy glossary

speech therapy glossary



PYRAMID MODEL - School Wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS)

What is PBIS?
The main focus of PBIS is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at Alternatives For Children. Through PBIS we will work together to create and maintain a productive and safe environment in which all community members clearly understand the shared expectations for behavior. Through positive recognition and continual teaching of expectations students will experience academic and social growth.

What are the benefits of PBIS?
We believe that through the implementation of PBIS systems and strategies we will increase academic performance, increase safety, decrease problem behavior and establish a positive school climate.

PBIS methods are research-based and have been proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in schools. One of the key components of the system is a focus on prevention. Students are taught clearly defined behavioral expectations for all aspects of the school environment. They are provided with predictable responses to their behavior, in a positive way.

pyramid handbookPyramid Model Parent Handbook


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Watch a video explaining the Pyramid Model HERE:


1000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. Read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, toddler or preschooler. The goal is to have read 1,000 books (yes, you can repeat books) before your precious one starts kindergarten. Get all the information here: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Suffolk County Library website links here: Suffolk County Public Libraries website links

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