Early Childhood Clinical Service

The Early Childhood Clinical Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, promotes positive parenting and understanding of the whole child, from before birth to the preschool years.

For those who are planning to start a family or are currently pregnant, we can help you get ready for parenthood. Whether preparing for this transition with a partner or alone, we can help you with questions about child development or provide personal or relationship support. 

We evaluate a range of concerns that span childhood behavioral, social, emotional, language, communication, and early learning skills. These can include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, anxiety, disruptive behavior disorders, sleep difficulties, school readiness, and attachment issues. We can help you navigate issues related to co-parenting and family matters that you worry are affecting your child.

Child Plays in Waiting Room

A child plays in the waiting room at the Child Study Center.

We focus on evaluating the development of young children and teaching healthy parenting practices that can help promote positive behavior, emotional regulation, social skills, and early learning competencies in young children. 

Evaluation and Consultation

Parents and parents-to-be may benefit from meeting with an early childhood expert to discuss concerns they have about parenting or child development. We can provide input in areas including behavior, social and emotional functioning, language and motor skills development, and school readiness. 

We also work with parents to understand how family stressors may affect a child’s development. Our clinicians are well versed in early education settings and also provide recommendations on the types of nursery, preschool, and early education that match an individual child’s needs.

Comprehensive evaluations may include questionnaires, interviews with parents and children, observation of parents and children, and classroom observations. 


We provide treatments that ensure the highest level of care for you and your family. Our clinicians are trained in family and individual psychotherapy, couples’ therapy, children’s group therapy, and dyadic therapy, in which a therapist works with the parent and child together to improve interactions between them.

In instances where psychotherapy alone is not sufficient, we can provide a medication consultation. Our psychopharmacologists are up-to-date and informed about the most effective and safest medications for young children. 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact our care management team at 646-754-5000 or email us at services@aboutourkids.org.