Our passion is providing
quality service to the
babies that we serve.
With over 40 years of experience as a pediatrician, researcher, and lecturer, Dr. Cecelia McCarton is among the world's leading experts in diagnosing and treating children with developmental disorders.
In 1998, Dr. McCarton founded The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics, a diagnostic and treatment center dedicated to childhood developmental disorders. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of The McCarton Foundation for Children with Developmental Disabilities, The McCarton School for children with autism, and the Children's Academy for children with speech and language delays.
Early in her medical career, Dr. McCarton developed an affinity for children who displayed special needs. After completing her residency in Pediatrics at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, where she also served as Chief Resident, she received two prestigious post-doctoral research fellowships from the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Rose F. Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Human Development at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Since finishing her formal training in 1977, she has served as Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Rose F. Kennedy Center and Director of the L.I.F.E. (Low Birth Weight Infant Follow-Up and Evaluation) Program. Her research experience includes national studies developmental complications in infants with low birth weight, infant health and development, and the prevention of mental retardation. Dr. McCarton has also taught pediatrics for over 25 years and is currently Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Throughout her career, Dr. McCarton has received numerous honors including grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has published over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Child Development, Journal of Pediatrics and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
A New York City native, Dr. McCarton received her BA from the College of New Rochelle and her Medical Degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics (1988) and a member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Behavioral Pediatrics, Society for Research in Child Development, the International Neuropsychology Society and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.
Educational and Clinical Director
Dr. Mosca began her career in Special Education working with children from 18 months to 5 years of age at the Fred S. Keller School as a teaching assistant. At the time, she thought that it was a good way to transition into gaining classroom experience before finishing her master's degree in elementary education, but what she soon realized was that it would completely change her career path. Dr. Mosca was introduced to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and was amazed by the strides that children made when taught with these specific teaching strategies. She found a love for working with children with autism and their families and soon after decided to begin her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. During the Master's program, Dr. Mosca had the opportunity to continue with her fieldwork experience at the Fred S. Keller School and then expand her knowledge with working with older children at Rockland BOCES. After obtaining her Master's degree, Dr. Mosca became a Special Education Teacher at Rockland BOCES and then an Assistant Principal while completing her PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis from Columbia University. Most recently, Dr. Mosca was a special education administrator in Westchester County. The highlight of her time in school administration was being able to be an advocate for children and families with autism and developmental disabilities. While expanding school personnel's knowledge of behavioral strategies to help all children, Dr. Mosca was able to advocate for students with disabilities and highlight not only their needs, but their amazing strengths.
Dr. Mosca is excited to be back in Early Intervention and working together with the professionals at the McCarton Center. "It is exciting to work with a team who truly loves what they do and who are fully committed to providing the best services available to the children and families that we serve!"
Vielka Ramirez-Espinal is the Early Intervention Program Director for the Bronx Center. Vielka has over 17 years of experience in Early Intervention. She graduated in 2001 from City College of New York with a Bachelor degree in Psychology. Vielka's dream has always been working with children and helping them to gain their full potential with quality services.
Vielka has gained most of her experience from two well known institutions prior to becoming part of the McCarton Foundation. She worked for St Mary Hospital for Children for 13 years where she started as an Early Intervention Service Coordinator for medically fragile children in the Bronx and then supervised the department for over 9 years. She later worked as Early Intervention Program Manager for City Pro Group for 4 and a half years with children with ASD.
Vielka has dedicated her career to helping children in need and assuring their families have the best options possible. She has a unique passion for children and her goal is to assure that every child that enters our programs achieves their highest possible dream.
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart and if after 17 years working with families in need and they are still touching me and inspiring me, then I am where I need to be, I am in the right place".
Service Coordinator Supervisor
Rosemary Almonte is the Supervisor for the Service Coordination Department at McCarton Center Bronx. Her main role is to lead, train, and ensure that the Early Intervention Policies and Procedures and State Regulations are being followed by the service coordinators.
Rosemary has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology through the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Santiago, Dominican Republic and has worked in early intervention for over 17 years. She began her journey in early intervention as a Service Coordinator and moved on as a Quality Assurance Manager overseeing a department of 21 service coordinators.
Rosemary feels passionate about providing quality work to the families she works with and being a part of helping and making a difference in each child’s life.
Speech Therapy Supervisor
Yasmin Betances is the Quality Assurance Speech Therapist/CF Supervisor of the Bronx Center. She graduated in 1998 from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Spanish. She continued her studies in Long Island University while completing her Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Yasmin is a skilled bilingual speech pathologist who has over 14 years in providing speech and language services for children with disabilities. Her mission is to provide individualized, high quality services to children while addressing their individual needs. Yasmin has worked with close collaboration with families, caregivers, and other professionals for many years at special education preschools in the Bronx.
She also served as a Speech Supervisor for seven years and ensured that best practices were implemented in the school to effectively address children and family needs.
Clinical Fellow, Speech Therapy
Molly Schoenfeld is the Speech Language Pathologist clinical fellow at the McCarton Bronx Center. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland, where she completed extensive coursework related to child development, disability studies, and speech/language diagnosis and intervention. Molly continued her education to obtain a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the graduate program at Hunter College. Her clinical and professional experiences include working with a variety of early intervention, preschool, and school-aged populations to support articulation, language, behavioral, and social needs in children with expressive and receptive delays, language-based learning disabilities, articulation and phonological disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and hearing loss.
Molly loves that being a Speech Language Pathologist allows her to create opportunities for young children to develop meaningful and independent communicative skills through an individualized and collaborative approach to intervention. Seeing children learn and grow socially, academically, and behaviorally through the support of an effective team of family members and related service providers is a unique experience that she has always found to be incredibly rewarding. Molly is excited to bring her passion and skill set to the Bronx center as a part of the McCarton team!
Occupational Therapy Supervisor
Dr. Rust’s educational background includes Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from the University of Durban Westville, South Africa. She received a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Chatham University. Her doctorate capstone examined the impact of occupational therapy training and consultation on teachers’ competence in providing pre-writing instruction. Dr. Rust is certified in Sensory Integration and Listening Therapy. Dr. Rust has also served as an independent evaluator in a research study examining the efficacy of sensory integration intervention in autism. As a practitioner Dr. Rust has worked primarily in pediatric occupational therapy with a focus on early childhood practice. She has over 15 years of managerial and clinical supervisory experience. Dr. Rust is a full time faculty member at Dominican College since October 2017.
Special Education Classroom Teacher
Bilingual education professional with more than 15 years of teaching experience in a variety of educational fields and settings, including: Teaching students with developmental and intellectual disabilities at NYCDOE, home-based Early Intervention program (Applied Behavior Analysis), evaluation Specialist at CPSE program and adult/teacher’s preparation programs at a college level in the Dominican Republic.
Arianny obtained a Bachelor's’ degree in education (Mathematics) in 2001, at UASD university, Dominican Republic. Further, she gained a Bilingual Child Development Associate certification through Valmyr Group, NYC in 2007. Arianny continued expanding her career in the early childhood field gaining her Master’s degree in Bilingual Special Education (ECE) at CUNY, Lehman College in 2014.
Arianny is a passionate educator who loves to work with children with special needs. She rejoices with every single progress made by a child who learns how to say his/her first words and tears of joy from parents who see their children playing with toys and looking at their faces for first time.
At present, Arianny continues to grow professionally by sharing and enriching her experiences in the implementation of best evidence-based practices, at an international level, by participating in congresses related to Neuroscience and Early Intervention field around the world. Arianny believes that educator’s dedication and ongoing professional training, in effective practices, combined with the empowerment and engagement of families in their children’s learning, are the key for successful interventions. Arianny has worked under the Early Intervention Program for the past few years and currently joined our McCarton team to be one of our teachers in the classroom. Arianny is very excited about this great opportunity and how she will impact families and children in the Bronx community.
Human Resources Coordinator
Beth Jacobson is the Human Resources Coordinator at the McCarton Foundation. She attended Sarah Lawrence College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and specialized in Child Psychology and Disability Studies.
Beth is extremely passionate about her work at the McCarton Center because she received Early Intervention Services and is proof of the life changing impact that treatment can have on a child’s life. Beth was diagnosed with Learning Disabilities and is working on building a robust team of employees at the McCarton Center that will deliver quality service to children similar to her.
Born in Puerto Rico mother of 3 children; came to NYC in 1991 with a lot of dream on mind. Maria Diaz is the Receptionist/ Transportation Coordinator at the McCarton Bronx Center. With an Associated in Public Administration in 1996 from Hostos Community College, Maria started working with the Saint Dominick Early Intervention Program in 1998 fulfilling her dream of helping families and children in the Bronx. Maria loves helping others, especially children. She believes that by loving and helping children with developmental disabilities, she can make a difference in someone's life.
Maria continued gaining her professional development and her dreams when she started working in a well-known organization called Saint Mary's Hospital for Children in 2003. Maria helped so many families and children at St. Mary's for 11 years. The experienced Maria earned as a Service Coordinator during these 11 years, gave her the opportunity to help families and children with ASD at City pro Group Early intervention Agency from 2014 to 2018. Maria is an extraordinary person who always goes the extra mile and who is passionate on everything she does.