Early Start is a program funded by the state of California that provides much needed therapeutic support to children with developmental delays such as autism and mental retardation. Early Start funding was reduced in 2009 and children and families are suffering.
This month, two Budget Subcommittees in the Legislature will be finishing their hearings. Families affected by developmental delays need your help. Contact Governor Brown and the legislators listed below and ask them to restore funding for Early Start.
What is Early Start?
Quick action and intensive therapies make a life-long difference for infants and children, and save the state money in the long run. A restored Early Start is the difference between a premature or underweight infant receiving preventative care before a developmental delay becomes apparent, versus waiting until more significant problems show up. Returning Early Start to the funding levels it had before 2009 will help start more infants and toddlers on the path to normal development and lifelong success.
Even if you are not represented by any of these legislators, you can still advocate for restoration. Using the roster below, email them and share your story of why this matters.
Here is an example of a few sentences that you can include in your email. You can customize this and make it your own!
Honorable (title and last name of legislator),
I am writing to urge you to support the restoration of the Early Start program to its pre-2009 levels. This program can and does change lives, and I hope you will support it.
You can also write your own story. Be sure to sign your letter!
You can also call their offices and ask to speak with the person who advises the legislator on health and human services issues, and tell them how you've been affected.
Be sure to let the subcommittee consultants know, too!
Web form http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php Phone: (916) 445-2841
Lark Park, Deputy Legislative Secretary
Phone: (916) 445-4341
SENATE SUBCOMMITTEE #3
Senator Monning (Chair)
Phone: (916) 651-4017
Phone: (916) 651-4023
Phone: (916) 651-4007
Jennifer Troia, Consultant
Phone: (916) 651-4103
ASSEMBLY SUBCOMMITTEE #1
Assemblymember Mitchell (Chair)
Phone: (916) 319-2054
Phone: (916) 319-2002
Phone: (916) 319-2007
Phone: (916) 319-2034
Phone: (916) 319-2074
Phone: (916) 319-2009