Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics



Content Description

1 online resource (xii, 129 pages) : illustrations, color maps.

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Erin Bell

Committee Members

A Gregory DiReienzo, Francis Boscoe, Wendy Weller, Donna M Noyes


accessibility, early intervention, eligibility, infants and toddlers, program evaluation, social-emotional development, Children with disabilities, Developmentally disabled children, Child mental health services

Subject Categories

Early Childhood Education | Epidemiology


A wealth of interdisciplinary research on early childhood development by the neurobiological, behavioral, and social sciences has occurred in the past 100 years. The findings from this research have led to an understanding and appreciation of the importance of early life experiences, the centrality of relationships in early childhood to support positive development, the complexity of social skills that are learned in early childhood and their long-term effect on adult success and well-being, and the ability to impact the trajectory of children’s development with effective early intervention. The New York State Early Intervention Program (NYSEIP) is one of the largest State Early Intervention Programs in the US, and is one of the largest service delivery systems in the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). From July 1, 1993 to June 30, 2014, there have been nearly one million children referred, almost 900,000 children evaluated, and more than 170 million early intervention services have been provided to over 550,000 eligible children and their families at a cost of over $10 billion.