Marilyn Rubinstein is the Director of the Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) in Manhattan at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She has a B.A. in Special Education and M.S in Early Childhood Special Education and has been both a teacher and an administrator in programs for children with typical and atypical development. She began her teaching career in a preschool program for children with autism. As one of the original staff members of the NYC Regional Planning Group for Infants and Toddlers, she has a unique "historian's" perspective of Early Intervention in New York State.
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At the Early Childhood Direction Center, one of fourteen in New York funded by the State Education Department to provide a coordinated system of information and referral services for children with disabilities ages birth through five, Ms. Rubinstein has daily contact with families and professionals as they navigate through the maze of services that support young children with special needs.
She is a long-standing member of the NYC Department of Education Preschool Task Force and the NYC Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council - currently Co-Chairing the LEICC Transition Committee. She has worked closely with the Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Hunter College to develop and present workshops for families and professionals on best practice models.
In collaboration with the New York City Administration for Children's Services, she provides training to early childhood professionals on effective practices for including children with special needs in preschool programs. A frequent presenter at conferences, she has been the lead trainer on the transition process from early intervention to preschool special education services for the NYC Training Collaborative on Early Intervention.