Founders

Los Niños Services was founded by professionals with many years of experience in early childhood education.

Edita Diaz, M.S.Ed., President

Edita Diaz, M.S.Ed.Ms. Diaz has over 20 years of experience working with children under 5. She has worked in all areas of early childhood services including regular day care, preschool, and working with children with special needs as a School Psychologist and Early Intervention Service Coordinator. As an Hispanic immigrant who came to the United States at age 18, she has a wealth of personal and professional knowledge about the acculturation process. She makes her home in New York City and has three children.

Scott Mesh, Ph.D., Executive Director

Scott Mesh, Ph.D.Dr. Mesh has over 25 years of experience working with children and families in mental health, educational, and early childhood settings. He is a clinical psychologist specializing in the developmental and psychological assessment of bilingual children under age 5, particularly children with Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. He is a popular trainer in early childhood assessment and together with Ms. Diaz has trained psychologists in the Bahamas, Mexico, and at national conferences. He served as Adjunct Professor for Long Island University, Yeshiva University, Queens College, New York Medical College, and studied in Seville, Spain. He is the co-author of the book “Early Childhood Assessment: A Practical Guide to Psychological and Developmental Evaluations in the Early Intervention Program,” published in 2003 with Dr. Joanne Loeb. Dr. Mesh was also the co-founder of the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), along with Dr. David Pilon of Halifax in 1988. In recognition of this achievement, the Scott Mesh Award in Scientific Psychology was established by APAGS for graduate students.

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:

New York City Westchester County
311 914-813-5094

Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, county staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family.

Early intervention services in your plan and authorized by the county are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.

Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

Los Niños Services is approved by New York State and has contracts with New York City and Westchester County to provide early intervention services.