central directory of resources
Purpose of the Central Directory of Resources
The Infant-Toddler Program Central Directory of Resources helps ensure that:
- Parents, family members, service providers, and members of the public, including those with disabilities, can get accurate, up-to-date information on early intervention resources available across the state, and
- Information regarding the nature and scope of these resources is available through internet, telephone or written requests at state and local levels.
N.C. American Academy of Pediatrics
The North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPS) and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is one organization with two names representing over 1,200 pediatricians in the state. Pediatricians' activities range from office care of infants, children and adolescents to age 21, to research and teaching at one of the state’s five academic medical centers, to child advocacy in the private and public sectors.
www.ncpeds.org/ (919) 839-1156
N.C. Assistive Technology Program
The North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP) is a state and federally-funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities.
Autism Society of North Carolina
For more than 43 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC is a statewide organization, supporting North Carolinians affected by autism. The organization works to directly improve the lives of individuals and families affected by autism through advocacy, training and education, and direct services.
www.autismsociety-nc.org/ (800) 442-2762 (N.C. only) (919) 743-0204
BEGINNINGS of North Carolina
BEGINNINGS of North Carolina is a non-profit agency providing an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing and the professionals who serve them. BEGINNINGS’ staff provide valuable technical information, emotional support, resources and referrals to parents and professionals. Services are free to parents in the state of North Carolina.
ncbegin.org/ Raleigh: (800) 541-4327 (V/TTY) - in N.C. only (919) 715-4092 (V/TTY)
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD)
The Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities is a comprehensive program for services, research, and training relevant to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The institute provides a continuum of clinical services from complex, interdisciplinary evaluations on-site to more limited and selected clinical services and training in all 100 counties in North Carolina. The institute brings together state-of-the-art research and clinical practice to ensure the best possible care for the citizens of North Carolina.
www.cidd.unc.edu/ (919) 966-5171
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seeks to accomplish its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and the world to monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthful environments, and provide leadership and training.
www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html (800) CDC-INFO (800) 232-4636
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.
North Carolina Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line
The Help Line is an information and referral Help Line for those living with, caring for and concerned about a child with special health care needs. Callers can learn about health care programs as well as funding resources available to North Carolina residents.
Email: CYSHCN.Helpline@dhhs.nc.gov (800) 737-3028
North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities
The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities works collaboratively, across the State, to assure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion in all areas of community life. The Council identifies problems facing its community through its five-year planning process and funds innovative projects and initiatives that promote the goals of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) for all North Carolinians.
www.nccdd.org (800) 357-6916 (voice and TTY) (919) 850-2901 (voice and TDD)
Disability Rights N.C.
Disability Rights North Carolina is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Raleigh. Its team of attorneys, advocates, paralegals and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina. As the state’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system, Disability Rights North Carolina is charged with protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities living in North Carolina.
disabilityrightsnc.org/ (877) 235-4210 (888) 268-5535 (919) 856-2195
Easter Seals/United Cerebral Palsy of North Carolina and Virginia
Easter Seals UCP prepares children with disabilities to engage in the world and supports families to become and stay connected in their communities.
www.easterseals.com/NCVA/ (800) 662-7119
N.C. Early Intervention and Early Childhood Libraries
North Carolina’s Early Intervention-Early Childhood Lending Library houses a large collection of print and video materials that focuses on young children with special needs and those who are typically developing, their families, and recommended practices for serving them. There is also a special collection of children’s books. These materials are available for loan to professionals and parents in North Carolina.
www.ecac-parentcenter.org/lending-library/ (800) 962-6817 ext. 13
The North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program (N.C. ELSSP)
The N.C. ELSSP is a state-funded direct service provider for young children with vision and/or hearing impairments. Services are provided at no cost by licensed teachers and staff trained to work with children with vision and/or hearing impairments. The N.C. ELSSP serves children birth to five years of age who have vision and/or hearing impairments. For more information about the program, to sign up for newsletters or to make a request for services, please contact:
Intake Coordinator: Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Vision Impairments (984) 292-3063
Intake Coordinator: Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Hearing Impairments (828) 448-9353
N.C. Infant-Toddler Program
The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three, who have special needs. Research shows that this time period is critical. It offers a window of opportunity to make a positive difference in how a child develops and learns. Children's Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.
beearly.nc.gov (855) 623-2759 (855-NC EARLY) (919) 707-5520
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families.
ectacenter.org/ (919) 962-2001
Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)
ECAC is a private non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities. It affirms the right of all individuals, from all backgrounds and cultures, with or without disabilities, to an appropriate education and other needed services. ECAC seeks to make that right a reality by providing information, education, outreach, and support to and for families with children across the state of North Carolina.
www.ecac-parentcenter.org/ (800) 962-6817
Family Support Network of N.C.
The mission of the Family Support Program is to promote and to provide support for families with children who have special needs.
fsnnc.org/ (800) 852-0042
First in Families N.C. (FIFNC)
First in Families N.C. helps people with disabilities and their families to believe in their dreams, achieve their goals, and give back to others. We assist children and adults to be more involved and contributing members of their communities by helping them meet current goals and plan for the future; acquire needed goods and services and find opportunities to give back to others.
fifnc.org/ (919) 251-8368
March of Dimes North Carolina Chapter
The March of Dimes North Carolina Chapter has one goal: to help babies in our community start life in the healthiest way possible. Through education and intervention, we help moms-to-be learn how to take care of themselves before, during and after their pregnancy. We are also there when things don’t go as planned, providing comfort and information to families when a baby is born too soon.
The March of Dimes N.C. Chapter also partners with local medical groups and organizations to establish guidelines for how to care for pregnant women and premature babies. And we provide grants to researchers working to understand birth defects and premature birth and to find treatments and solutions.
www.marchofdimes.org (919) 781-2481, Raleigh (336) 723-4386, Winston-Salem
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Programs
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local school districts.
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina
Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina supports the development of safe, stable, nurturing relationships for children in their families and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect.
www.preventchildabusenc.org/ (919) 829-8009
Smart Start & the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc.
Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn. Policymakers recognized that progress would require tapping into the same innovative spirit that inspired private sector advances, and therefore, established Smart Start as a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 75 Local Partnerships. The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.
www.smartstart.org (919) 821-7999
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. It is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, commonly referred to as the WIC Program.
www.nutritionnc.com/wic/ (919) 707-5800
Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.
www.zerotothree.org/ Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
If you cannot find the information you need about the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program call us toll free at (855) 623-2759 or (919) 707-5520 or visit the website at beearly.nc.gov. To request a copy of the Central Directory of Resources contact us at N.C. Division of Public Health, Early Intervention Branch, 1916 MSC, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1916.