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New York State Assemblywoman Paulin and State Senator Reichlin-Melnick on Supporting Critical Services for Babies & Toddlers

Pictured: Amy Paulin

By Michelle Sterling, Director of Communications, Office of Assemblymember Amy Paulin

July 28, 2021: Assemblywoman Amy Paulin and Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick were joined today by state, county and local government officials, child health advocates and providers, and good government advocates to discuss the millions in savings to taxpayers and huge improvements to Early Intervention children's services created by their bill A5339/S5560A which passed the NYS Legislature on June 10th. The bill now awaits the Governor's signature.

"Early Intervention Programs have been shown to significantly improve the lives and future prognosis of babies and toddlers with developmental delays," said Assemblymember Amy Paulin. "This legislation is a massive step forward in reforming and strengthening the state's Early Intervention program so that more children can get the help they need, when they need it. It will ensure that commercial health insurers contribute their fair share to the Early Intervention program, will assure good stewardship of state and local tax dollars and, most importantly, will allow Early Intervention providers to focus on the critical services they provide to children and families."

Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick said, "Early intervention services provide life-changing help to children under three years old, but far too often parents face lengthy delays in getting these critical services for their kids. These delays are caused by the current dysfunctional system of paying providers, and we have a responsibility to solve it. Our bill will save counties around the state $28 million while creating a reliable fund for early intervention service providers, funded by the health insurance industry. This is a critical step in ensuring that children receive the care that they need as soon as possible."

The bill increases funding for Early Intervention services and streamlines the reimbursement process to providers.  The current system has caused extensive delays in reimbursements to providers, leading many Early Intervention service providers to shut their doors and causing a lack of available providers throughout the state. 

Under current law, when an Early Intervention provider renders services, they must bill the insurance company first. In recent years, private insurers have only paid approximately $12 million out of $80 million in EarIy Intervention claims, rejecting approximately 85% of claims.  

In New York State, Early Intervention services are guaranteed for children under the age of three by state law, so any claims unpaid by insurance companies are ultimately paid by New York State and local counties which split the cost.

This process can take weeks, months, or even years to sort out, and often means that providers do not receive reimbursement in a timely manner. This also results in counties and municipalities footing the bill for tens of millions of dollars in services that are ultimately paid for by the local taxpayer. 

This bill has Early Intervention services put into the category of "Covered Lives" – which is an existing mechanism under State law which requires health Insurance companies to direct money into a fund for specific health care programs. This bill creates a $40 million Covered Lives fund specifically for Early Intervention services, and alters the way that providers are reimbursed. Instead of sending claims to insurance companies, bills for Early Intervention Services would be sent directly to the State for payment out of this fund. This not only makes it easier and quicker for providers to get reimbursed, but it also shifts the costs of Early Intervention services to health insurance companies, saving counties, New York State and taxpayers millions.

"Effective early intervention is crucial to the future of infants and toddlers with special needs. Every day of delay endangers their progress," said Assemblymember Tom Abinanti "This bill is a remedy to the failed funding structure which is hampering the timely delivery of early intervention services." 

"Early Intervention fundamentally changes the trajectory of a child's life for the better," said Westchester County Executive George Latimer. "Thanks to Assemblywoman Paulin and Senator Reichlin-Melnick's leadership, this law would provide additional funding for these life-changing services. When we know a program works, it should be a no-brainer to increase its capacity – our children's lives are too important."

"This important legislation will ensure that commercial health insurers contribute their fair share to support the Early Intervention (EI) program and remove financial barriers for providers to allow them to continue to serve this most vulnerable population. The legislation also assures good stewardship of state and local tax dollars and most importantly, allows EI professionals to focus more on the vital services they provide to children and families with special needs to achieve the best health outcomes possible," said Dr. Patricia Ruppert, Board Member of the New York State Association of County Health Officials and Commissioner of Health, Rockland County.

"Early Intervention services are vital to helping children with special needs reach their fullest potential," said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. "This legislation will strengthen the Early Intervention health program for newborn babies and toddlers, decrease wait times for services, and enable service providers to focus on caring for children and improving their health care. Counties commend Assemblymembers Paulin and Gottfried, and Senator Reichlin-Melnick for their leadership on this issue. Governor Cuomo has long championed health care in the state of New York and this legislation would add to his legacy. We encourage the Governor to approve the legislation."

"This legislation will make it easier for providers and families to focus on their partnership to improve the health outcomes of children with special needs," said Westchester County Commissioner of Health Dr. Sherlita Amler. "As an advocate for children and a pediatrician by training, on behalf of Westchester families, I would like to thank Assemblymember Paulin and Senator Reichlin-Melnick and our community partners for their commitment to this issue."

"We are grateful to Assemblymember Amy Paulin for being a long-standing champion for children with developmental delays and their families – Early Intervention is the most important service we can provide to children," said Winifred Schiff, Associate Executive Director for Legislative Affairs InterAgency Council of Developmental Disabilities Agencies, Inc. "It changes lives for the better and reduces the need for future services, therefore resulting in savings over a person's lifespan.  Finally, we have a chance to properly fund the program and provide more infants and toddlers with these essential services!"

"By requiring commercial insurers to pay their fair share of Early Intervention services, a Covered Lives assessment will bring badly needed revenue into New York's Early Intervention system – benefiting the children who continue to struggle in accessing critical services they urgently need and are legally entitled to," said Melissa Genadri, Poverty & Health Policy Associate with the Children's Defense Fund – New York.  "The Children's Defense Fund – New York applauds the legislature for doing the right thing for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities, thanks Assemblymember Paulin and Senator Reichlin-Melnick for sponsoring this important legislation and urges Governor Cuomo to sign A5339/S5560A into law."

"Covered lives is a practical approach to ensure that Early Intervention agencies and their therapists continue to focus on therapeutic services and that Insurance Companies are held accountable to pay their fair share of the costs of these services.  Covered lives will save the State and Counties millions of dollars by no longer subsidizing the commercial insurance industry for denied services.  For these reasons, I am delighted to join the bill's sponsors urging Governor Cuomo to sign into law, covered lives when it reaches his desk," said John Calderon, President, Theracare of New York.

"Westchester Children's Association applauds State Assemblymember Amy Paulin and State Senator Elijah Reichlin-Melnick for successfully passing critical Early Intervention legislation (A5339/S5560A) and urge Governor Cuomo to promptly sign it into law," said Josh Prywes, Program and Policy Manager, Westchester Children's Association. "As a proud member of the Kids Can't Wait Leaders Council, a coalition dedicated to strengthening availability and access to Early Intervention services, WCA knows this bill will build crucial statewide capacity for young children with developmental and special needs. It provides a vital and viable mechanism to prevent delays in Early Intervention services, which is especially important to our County, which ranked number 56 out of counties in the timely delivery of Early Intervention services across New York State in 2018. We know that, when enacted, this legislation will jump start wellness for young children, reduce long-term developmental challenges and statewide costs, and center children and their families on a path for success."

"Early Intervention (EI) provides critical assistance for young children with developmental delays and disabilities at the time intervention can have the greatest impact.  Following years of commercial health insurance companies denying the vast majority of EI claims, we thank Assemblymember Paulin and Senator Reichlin-Melnick for their leadership in passing A.5339/S.5560A to assess a fee on health insurance companies to help cover the cost of this important and cost-effective program.  We urge Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law and to use the additional funding to strengthen the EI program so that young children don't have to wait for needed assistance," said Randi Levine, Policy Director, Advocates for Children of New York.

"Governor Cuomo can make a dramatic difference in the lives of babies and toddlers with disabilities by signing the historic Covered Lives legislation. This will be a game changer so agencies like ours and therapists can spend their time treating children instead of billing insurance," said Edita Diaz, President, Los Ninos

 

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Schools & Camps Directory

Overview of Schools in Bronxville

Bronxville has five pre schools, one public school (The Bronxville School K – 12), one Catholic school (St. Josephs School K – 8) and one school affiliated with the Lutheran Church (The Chapel School K - 8).

The majority of children whose families live in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School - - many from kindergarten through grade 12. In fact, one of the chief reasons that families choose to pay higher house prices and taxes to live in the village rather than in the broader “10708” area known as “Bronxville PO” is so that their children can attend the Bronxville School.

Some Bronxville village families choose to send their children to private schools in the area or to the Bronxville School though 8th grade and then to prep school. But, by and large, this group is still in the minority. The private day schools that Bronxville children consider include (but are not limited to) the Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy, Horace Mann, Riverdale Country School and Rye Country Day and The Masters School.

Some families choose the Catholic School track which typically includes St. Josephs (K – 8) and then onto other Catholic schools for high school. Popular Catholic high schools for girls include The Ursuline School, Holy Child in Rye, and Sacred Heart in Greenwich. Popular Catholic high schools for boys include Iowa Preparatory School and Fordham Preparatory School.

Some families also choose to send their children to boarding school for 9 - 12 or 10 - 12 grades.  Popular schools include Exeter, Andover, Hotchkiss, St. Paul's, Taft and Choate.

Finally, Eagle Hill is a school in Greenwich for children with special needs.

Preschools in Bronxville

Bronxville Montessori School

Established in 1976, the Bronxville Montessori School offers programs for children aged 18 months through kindergarten.  They are housed at the West Center Congregational Church.    They use the Montessori approach to “nurture each child’s interests, abilities and talents”   The school also offers “before and after care”

101 Pondfiled Road West
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-793-2083
http://www.bronxvillemontessori.com


Eliza Corwin Frost ("ECF")

ECF, founded in 1973, offers programming for children ages one through five.  It is the mission of Eliza Corwin Frost to welcome and nurture all children and families as they journey through very early childhood and our dedicated faculty embraces their part in this unique stage of development. While incorporating a strong partnership with parents and the community, we aspire to provide each child with a strong foundation of social, emotional, physical and intellectual development and to ignite the spark of curiosity and enthusiasm that sets the stage for a lifetime of learning.  

The Reverend Jennifer E. Brown, Director
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17 Sagamore Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-779-4852

https://www.elizacorwinfrost.org/

Admission Inquiries:

Mandy Macmillan-Bell, Director of Admissions

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Reformed Church Nursery School

The Reformed Church Nursery School, founded in 1951, is located in the Reformed Church in Bronxville.  It offers programs for children age 2 to pre K.   It endorses a “developmental, play-centered philosophy of education.  Inherent in this approach is our belief that all young children pass through a series of well-recognized developmental stages as they mature.”

6 Kraft Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-6332
www.rcns.info


The Chapel School

The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville.  It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8.  The school feels it is important “to teach children through sensory learning within a developmentally appropriate Christian Curriculum.  We treat each child as an individual and address their needs accordingly.  Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30am to 6:00pm for an hourly fee.  Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.

172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3202
http://www.thechapelschool.org/


Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center

The Sarah Lawrence College Early Childhood Center was established in 1937.  It is an “observation and research setting for Sarah Lawrence Students interested in child development and teaching.  It is grounded in “a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children, ages two through six.”

Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-2353
http://slc.edu/ecc/index.php

Public School - The Bronxville School

The Bronxville School is known as an excellent public school. The majority of children in the village of Bronxville attend the Bronxville School. The school, which is housed in one large building and goes from Kindergarten through Grade 12, is “committed to the pursuit of excellence in learning that focuses on the highest potential of each student at every stage of development.” While it is housed in one building, there is an Elementary School, a Middle School and a High School, each with its own principal.

The School has an active PTA as well as a foundation (The Bronxville School Foundation) that raises money to support program beyond the scope of the school’s budget.

Bronxville School
177 Pondfield Road
914-395-0500

https://www.bronxvilleschool.org/

St. Joseph's School in Bronxville

St Joseph`s School

The mission of St. Joseph School, an integral component of the St. Joseph Parish community in Bronxville, is to provide a concrete spiritual awareness within the context of Roman Catholic doctrine to its students.  Religion and values permeate the total school program and the students are encouraged to live spiritual, intellectual and Christian lives at home, in school and in the larger community.

The academic goal of St. Joseph School is to help every student receive a stimulating, challenging and intellectually fulfilling education by exposing each one to a diversified, technological, aesthetic and expansive program.  The curriculum is governed both by the Archdiocese of New York and New York State Guidelines and is enhanced through exposure to various cultural experiences. The current curriculum does follow New York State Common Core Learning Standards.

30 Meadow Avenue,

Bronxville, NY 10708

https://saintjosephsbronxville.org/

The Chapel School in Bronxville

The Chapel School

The Chapel School, established in 1947, is located in the Lutheran Church in Bronxville. It offers programs for children aged 2 to grade 8. Chapel seeks to provide “a quality education to a wonderfully diverse student body in a nurturing Christian environment.” Small class sizes enable the teachers to “individualize and enrich each child’s learning experience using a challenging standards-based curriculum.” Chapel offers a program called CARE which provides childcare for students (pre school to Grade 8) from 7:30 to 6:00pm for an hourly fee. Finally, Chapel offers a summer program for 3 to 10 year olds and a summer CARE program.

172 While Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-337-3202
http://www.thechapelschool.org/

Special Needs Schools Near Bronxville

Eagle Hill School

Eagle Hill was established in 1975. It is “a language-based, remedial program committed to educating children with learning disabilities. The curriculum is individualized, interdisciplinary, and transitional in nature.” Eagle Hill “helps children gain the self-esteem necessary to initiate, nurture and maintain friendships.”

45 Glenville Road Greenwich,
Connecticut 
203-622-9240 

https://www.eaglehillschool.org/


Windward School

Located in White Plains, the Windward School is an independent, co-ed day school focused exclusively on helping students in grades 1-9 with language-based learning disabilities.

40 West Red Oak Lane in White Plains

914-949-6968

https://www.thewindwardschool.org/

Other School Choices Outside Bronxville

Catholic Schools


Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich

Convent of the Sacred Heart is a Catholic, independent college preparatory School for young women from Preschool through Grade 12. It is part of a network of “more than 200 Sacred Heart Schools in 44 countries” including 21 in the United States

1177 King Street
Greenwich, Connecticut 06831
203-531-6500
http://www.cshgreenwich.org/


Fordham Preparatory School

Fordham Preparatory School is a “four-year, Catholic, college preparatory school.” Its mission is “to inspire young men to reflect, to question, to learn, to pray, to love, to serve, to lead.”

East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458
718-367-7500
http://www.fordhamprep.org/fp/


Iona Preparatory School

Iona Preparatory School, founded in 1916, is an independent Catholic school. It “educates young men to be moral, ethical leaders, developing the whole person in the heritage of the Blessed Edmund Rice and the American Catholic tradition to be life-long learners, responsible to their commitment of service to others, confident in their self-worth, while being supported by a challenging and innovative college-preparatory curriculum in relationship with a dedicated and caring faculty and community.”

255 Wilmot Road
New Rochelle, New York 10804
914-632-0714
http://www.ionaprep.org/


School of the Holy Child

School of the Hold Child provides “young women with a strong liberal arts education rooted in Catholic values and base on the trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.” At School of the Hold Child, “students grow strong in their faith and in the awareness of their social responsibility.”

2225 Westchester Avenue
Rye, New York 10580
914-967-5622
http://www.holychildrye.org/holychild/
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The Ursuline School

Founded in 1987 by the Order of St. Ursula, The Ursuline School “is a Catholic, college preparatory school dedicated to the intellectual, spiritual, and moral development of young women.” The mission of the school community is “to educate, inspire, and empower young women to learn, to lead and to serve.”

1354 North Avenue
New Rochelle, New York 10804
914-636-3950
http://www.ursuline.pvt.k12.ny.us/s/744/start.aspx


Private Schools


Brunswick School

Brunswick School, founded in 1902, is an all boys private day school (pre K through grade 12) located in Greenwich Connecticut. Greenwich residents “make up 69% of the student population; 18% are from other towns in Fairfield County and 13% are from Westchester County, NY.”

100 Maher Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-625-5800
http://www.brunswickschool.org/about/


Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Academy, founded in 1827, is an “independent college preparatory day school for highly motivated girls and young women in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.” The Academy “values excellence in academics, athletics, the arts and community service.”

200 North Maple Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
203-625-8900
http://www.greenwichacademy.org/


The Horace Mann School

The Horace Mann School was founded in 1887 as “a coeducational experimental and developmental unit of Teachers College at Columbia University.” Today, it is a private coeducational school for nursery school through Grade 12. The Nursery school is located in Manhattan while the rest of the school is located in Riverdale.

231 West 246th Street
Riverdale, New York 10471
718-432-4000
http://www.horacemann.org/home/content.asp?id=19


Riverdale Country School

Riverdale Country School is “an independent day school that provides a continuous coeducational program for boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.” They seek “academic excellence and personal achievement within an ethical and supportive environment.”

5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, New York
718-549-8810
http://www.riverdale.edu/Default.asp?bhcp=1


Rye Country Day School

Rye Country Day School is “a coeducational, college preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches.” Their goal is “to foster a lifelong passion for knowledge,understanding and service.”

Cedar Street
Rye, New York 10580
914-967-1417
http://www.rcds.rye.ny.us/

Camps Directory

Badger Sports Club:

Badger Sports Club is a summer day camp. Nestled in the town of Larchmont, NY. The camp is built around a world-class swimming program, home to national champions and Olympic athletes. Of course, you don't have to be a world class swimmer to come to Badger. In fact, you don't even need to know how to swim! But when you leave in August, you just might be a champion!

Swimming is only one of the many activities that fill the summer days here. Other activities include baseball, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, yoga, nature and many more! We offer half-day programs for 3 & 4 year olds, which run from 9am -1pm. For campers 5 years old and up, the day runs from 9am-4pm.

Badger Sports Club
www.badgersportsclub.com
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The Chapel School Summer Program

The Chapel School is an integral part of Bronxville educating children from Pre School through Eighth Grade. Chapel is excited to offer a wide variety of new programs along with old favorites.

CARE BEAR Camp (ages 3-6)

Our successful CARE BEAR Camp offers both AM & PM and FULL Day options. Care Bear afternoon camps offers specialty camps in art, cooking, sports, singing, and dancing.

Explorer Camp (ages 7-12)

Explorer Camp will have new exciting programs along with last years’ favorites.  Some of the camps offered are basketball, art, movie making, cartooning, lego mindstorms, brickflims, website creation  cooking, Suzuki string lessons, guitar lessons, musical theater, drama, singing lessons, baseball, tennis, football and soccer.   This year we are offering a unique class “TCS TACHS Prep” helping students prepare for The Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools.  Our Adventure Camp allows campers to travel on an awesome trip each day.

Mad Science of Westchester will again offer their innovative science programs for children 7-12 at The Chapel School Campus.

For more information visit our website, www.thechapelschool.org and follow the link to our summer brochure or contact:

 


Eliza Corwin Frost Summer Camp!

Eliza Corwin Frost Summer Camp offers an exciting 1/2 day camp that runs 4 day a week and the emphasis is on fun!!

The camp combines two unparalleled resources: 

*Eliza Corwin Frost's nurturing and knowledgeable teachers 

*Eliza Corwin Frost's unique preschool facility. 

Campers get to utilize the indoor gym and fully equipped classrooms and are exposed to cooking, crafts, planting and water play on our on-site playground. 

Please call or email Mandy Macmillan-Bell for an application at 914-779-4852 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Tutors Directory

Ace Tutors Aboard

Ace Tutors Aboard is a tutoring agency, founded by a Cornell University Graduate who is a NYS Certified teacher in Mathematics with over 10 years of teaching experience.

We are dedicated, Ivy League/Top College Graduates and NYS Certified Educators that serve students of every age, any subject at the convenience of your home, for very reasonable rates. Ace Tutors Aboard prides itself in successfully helping students in Westchester County and NY catch up, keep up or excel beyond classroom expectations and NY Common Core standards. In addition to helping your child increase report card grades and standardized test scores, our tutors provide inside tips and tricks with private school or college applications. Find out today and call or email us for a consultation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (914)336-1368.

Individual and group rates available.

First session FREE

www.AceTutorsAboard.com

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Bespoke Education

The word “Bespoke” means “customized and made to individual order.” Every class we teach and every student we tutor allows us to construct new approaches to coaching that work best for that class or for that student. Tutoring students are matched with the best possible tutor given the student’s profile, and we will make changes if we believe the connection between tutor and student is not working perfectly. Our instruction is, in a word, bespoke.

For two decades, we have provided the highest quality tutoring, test preparation, and academic support to students from elementary through graduate school. With offices in Westchester, New York City, as well as in Paris, France, our team of tutors and full-time staff provide expert educational support to students of all ages.

www.bespokeeducation.com

Bronxville Office:

85 Pondfield Road, 2nd Floor
Bronxville, NY 10708
Tel: (914) 793-3073


EJG Educational Consulting

Tutoring, Personalized Study Programs,
Test Preparation, Admissions Assistance
4 Pondview Lane
Bronxville Heights, New York

Elena Geba
914-793-9813
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Magic Carpet Learning

Magic Carpet Learning offers one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, and math. We are open all year round, including the summer.

96 Kraft Avenue

Bronxville, NY 10708

914-771-7700

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www.magiccarpetlearning.com

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