(Early Childhood Development Center)

In 1974, the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) was established in partnership with CCHP and the Junior League of New York.  Parents with children up to three years old can enroll in ECDC classes to learn the principles of childhood development and gain on-going support and guidance through a facilitated group setting.

Parent-education groups are led by parent educators, all of whom are former ECDC participants themselves, and follow a curriculum created by ECDC staff.

In a small group setting, parents can share their questions, learn what to expect and how to respond to their child’s changing needs. Groups meet weekly, and are organized by the child’s birthdate to discuss issues of normal childhood development with other parents of children the same age. 

To learn more, please contact Becky Thomas at or Thea Obstler at You can also call 212.360.7803 or 212.360.7407.

M, Th, F 9:00AM - 5:00PM & Tu, W 9:00AM - 7:30PM

1900 2nd Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10029    



The curriculum for ECDC is structured around the following topics:


0 - 5 Months

  • Development of Basic Trust

  • Mother’s Feelings

  • Comforting vs. Spoiling

  • Play

  • Sleeping and Feeding

6-12 Months

  • Setting Limits

  • Enjoyment of Child as a Person

  • Parental Expectations

  • Family Romance

13-18 Months

  • Daily Routines

  • Motor and Language Development

  • Father’s Role

  • Attachment and Separation

19-23 Months

  • Speech Development

  • Two’s – Terrific or Terrible

  • Discipline vs. Punishment

  • Self-control and Accepting Delay

24-29 Months

  • Toilet Training

  • Issues of Independence

  • Spacing of Children

  • Sharing and Taking Turns

30-36 Months

  • Readiness for Pre-School

  • Imagination

  • Learning to Play with Others

  • Effects of Technology and Screen Time

  • Protecting Your Child

Sibling Groups

  • Self-Esteem

  • Rivalry

  • Competition

  • Dealing with Anger