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Office of Child Development
(Formerly known as Special Child Health Services)

The mission of Special Child Health Services is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health related needs of children from birth to age 21 who have delays or disabilities by providing education and support services.

Families from diverse racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds are key partners in the process of decision making at every level of the design, implementation, and evaluation of their child’s care. This partnership is a foundation and paramount to the successful workings of Special Child Health Services. 

Early Intervention Program

Early intervention services are designed to address a problem or delay in development as early as possible. The services are available for infants and toddlers up to age three. Public and private agencies serve as providers to address the needs of children and their families who meet the eligibility criteria established by the State. 

Meeting Criteria

If the criteria for eligibility has been met based upon the evaluation, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed.

If the criteria for eligibility has not been met a referral to other community resources may take place. 


Please call 888-653-4463 to give a referral.

Case Management

Case management is a goal directed system, the purpose of which is to assure the provision of coordinated comprehensive services for special needs children and their families. The ultimate goal of the case management unit is to assist these families with identifying and accessing quality health care so that children have the opportunity to function at their optimum level. 

Please call 201-634-2621 to give a referral.


Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) of New Jersey is for families and professionals interested in and involved with the healthy development and educational rights of children. SPAN is committed to children with special needs. 

Please call 201-634-2621 to give a referral. 

Contact Us

Erin Beischer, LCSW

Program Coordinator

Phone: 201-634-2621 • Fax: 201-336-7100

Office of Child Development
(Formerly known as Special Child Health Services)

One Bergen County Plaza  • 2nd Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076

Phone: 201-336-7474 • Fax: 201-336-7450

Hours: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm (varies by division)