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Putnam County

Department of Health

A PHAB Accredited Health Department

The Putnam County Department of Health is made of several divisions all working towards improving and protecting the health of the entire community, through the lens of equity.

Early Intervention and Preschool Programs

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

Early Intervention Services are provided to help eligible children grow and develop, and to help families support and promote their children’s development. This program is a family teach model. The Putnam County Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for specific children birth to three and their families.

For Parents

Healthcare Providers

PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Putnam County Department of Health works in partnership with the New York State Department of Education and its regional staff by offering guidance and clarification to the Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) and service providers regarding regulations. The Preschool Program serves preschoolers ages three to five residing in Putnam County who have been found eligible to receive special education services through their school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education. In addition to acting as a fiscal agent, the health department serves as a resource for parents, school districts, and professionals to help them participate as full partners in the process. Special education services and programs may consist of instruction and/or services which may include Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Special Education, Special Class, Special Class in an Integrated Setting, Nursing, and Counseling Services.

For Parents

  • Eligibility

    Eligibility is determined in accordance with the New York State Department of Education standards. To have a child assessed by NYS-approved evaluators, contact your school district. These evaluations are provided at no cost to the family.

    To contact the health department for questions, please call 845-808-1640.

  • Approved Providers

    Click here for a list of approved preschool providers

  • CPSE Program Contact Information

    Click here for school district CPSE contact information.

  • Milestones

    visit www.cdc.gov/Milestones to review childhood developmental markers.

  • New York State Education Department

    Click here for information from the New York State Education Department.

LOCAL EARLY INTERVENTION COORDINATING COUNCIL

The mission of the Putnam County Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council (LEICC) is to provide a forum for all Early Intervention Program partners, parents, guardians, providers, and Putnam County staff to collaborate in identifying, evaluating, developing, and implementing services that empower families and allow children to prosper, grow, and fully participate in society. The LEICC consists of 13 executive board members including parents of children 3- through 12-years of age and community partners such as childcare agencies, the Department of Social Services (DSS), the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Child Care Council, Community Mental Health and service providers. Putnam County’s LEICC meets twice a year on the second Fridays in April and October. The LEICC standing committee and taskforce is a sub-group comprised of parents, service coordinators, and providers. They work together on different projects towards the goal of educating and enhancing family-centered services.

If you are interested in joining the LEICC and making a difference, please contact Valerie Kurtz, Supervisor of Early Intervention and Preschool Programs, at 845-808-1640 extension 46033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

TRANSPORTATION

Children eligible for Center-based Programs are usually transported there by parents, legal guardians, or other authorized individuals. If a parent, legal guardian, or other authorized individual is unable to transport the child, they are eligible to receive transportation by Putnam Transit.

All parents or legal guardians of children in center-based programs must read and complete the Center Based Program Transportation Discussion form.

If the family transports the child, they are eligible for reimbursement following the Federal rate for the portion of the trip that the child is in the car. Those looking for reimbursement should complete this form and return it to the Early Intervention and Preschool Programs.

Parents or legal guardians of children receiving transportation through Putnam Transit should complete and return this form.

For questions or concerns, please contact the child's program, Putnam Transit at 845-878-7433, Marianne Larm at 845-808-1640 extension 46032, or Valerie Kurtz, Supervisor of Early Intervention and Preschool Programs, at 845-808-1640 extension 46033.

Contact Us

  • Phone:
    845-808-1390
  • Fax:
    845-278-7921
  • Fax (Nursing):
    845-279-4104
  • Toll free (TTY) for the Deaf, Hard
    of Hearing, and Speech Impaired:
    Dial 7-1-1 or 800-662-1220
  • Email:
    PutnamHealth@putnamcountyny.gov
In the event of an emergency, Health Department staff are available 24/7. Please call 845-808-1390 to report a public health emergency, rabies exposure, communicable disease, water outage or sewer overflow.

If you are a member of the media and would like to contact the health department, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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