The Early Childhood Education Center would like to offer our parents and visitors a place to find information, get ideas and learn about upcoming workshops and community events.



Back to School: Tips for Reducing Stress

Although back to school may be an exciting time, it is also a stressful time for parents and children with developmental delays.  Here are a few tips for reducing the stress associated with back to school:

  • Visit school– Try to visit the school, classroom and teacher/therapists your chid will have before school starts. Get and share as much information about the day before school starts. Important information to get and share may pertain to mealtimes, toileting and a schedule of activities that happen during the day.

  • Begin the adjustment early– Try to adjust your child’s schedule before school starts. Adjusting bedtimes and morning routines slowly to resemble school routines may help the first few days significantly.

  • Visit the playground– If possible, visit the playground of the school. Letting your child experience the environment will help them feel confident physically so they can work on social connections too. If possible, invite a classroom peer. 

  • Stay Positive!– Back to school is an adjustment for everyone. Don’t get caught up in “past experiences”. Find something positive about the new school year that helps your child associate change with something positive.

  • Develop a good bye ritual– Saying goodbye can be hard on some children and their parents. Make sure to always say “goodbye”. Sneaking out never really helps because your child will at some point realize you have left and will worry next time when you may sneak out again. Help children make sense of time. Be specific ” Goodbye, I will pick you up after you have lunch”; versus a vague “See you later”.

  • Be positive about the separation– Make sure to convey that you feel good about where your child is going to school/daycare. Your child is tuned in to your emotions and extended goodbyes make kids feel apprehensive not comforted.

Inside Activities to do this month!

Colonie Center, Albany, NY

Visit Albany’s Flight Trampoline Park: First and third Tuesday of every month is “Special Needs Night” 7-9 p.m.

 Sky Zone Albany: Special Needs Jump

Second Sunday of every month

Special Needs Sensory Friendly Jump will be from 9am – 11am and will be only $9.99 per hour with advance purchase. Please note that the first hour will be very low sensory with no music playing. The second hour there will be music playing due to other programming.
Where: Sky Zone Albany, 50 Simmons Ln, Albany, NY 12204
When: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Who: Families and Individuals with sensory needs.
How: Pay for jump pass
Cost: $9.99 per hour
For more info: Call (518) 417-3838

21st Annual Capital Region Buddy Walk: Registration is now open for the walk which is being held on Sunday October 14, 11am-2pm, Schenectady Central Park. Come and celebrate the many abilities and accomplishments of individuals with Down Syndrome. Go to for more info.

**Look for the ECEC table and dedicated ECEC staff members participating in the walk.

images-1_opt-2Conferences and Webinars:


FREE Webinar-Preventing Burnout for Parents of Children with Special Needs

October 25, 2017
Start Time: 6:00 PM | End Time: 7:00 PM
Contact: Tina Beauparlant Phone: 518-381-4350

Please join Lindsey Pensabene, Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent of NYS, as she presents a webinar on Preventing Parent Burnout for Parents of Children with Special Needs.

Extraordinary parenting responsibilities create extraordinary pressures on parents. At the same time, parenting a child with special needs requires energy, focus, and enthusiasm to be effective in our role. The better off we are emotionally and physically, the better off our families will be. Join us for this webinar on Preventing Parent Burnout and discover positive ways to cope with and effectively manage stress.

FREE Loss, Grief, and Adjustment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

October 11, 2017  Start Time 1:00 PM End Time: 2:30 PM Contact: Tina Beauparlant Phone: (518) 381-4350 

Powerful and intense feelings are natural and common responses to parenting a child with exceptional needs. This training will provide an overview of common emotions experienced by parents and discuss how by sharing and acknowledging these emotions parents can find the inner strength needed to face and embrace their role as a parent of a child with special needs.

Webinar: Medicaid Service Coordination for Families – Getting the Most from Your Child’s Program
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Start Time: 11:30 AM | End Time: 1:00 PM
Contact: Tina Beauparlant Phone: Call: (518) 381-4350

Event Cost: FREE

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Please join Lindsey Pensabene, Regional Coordinator for Parent to Parent of NYS, as she presents this webinar.

Service Coordination is an important support in the life of a child with a developmental disability and his or her family. Under Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC), parents and family members are recognized as valuable participants in their child’s service coordination program. As a valuable participant, it is important that family members are well informed about how MSC works and their rights under the program. This training will provide this necessary information.

By being informed, you and your child’s service coordinator can become partners in advocating for and gaining access to necessary supports and services for your child.



16th Annual Autism Conference- “Supporting Inclusion, Relationships, and Learning of Students with ASD:The Promise and Practice of Peer-Mediated Interventions”. Registration is now open for the conference which is being held on Friday Oct 27, 7:30am-3:30pm at the Radisson Hotel Albany. Go to for more info.

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