It's time to rebuild child development services
Help shape the redesign of early intervention services in Maine
Early intervention can help children make progress toward achievement of age-appropriate developmental milestones, be more prepared for kindergarten and beyond, have more positive interactions with their peers, and reduce the need for services during their school years.
Yet in Maine, too many children aren't receiving these critical services early enough or without lengthy waits. Maine is tied for 50th in the nation for infants receiving early intervention services for developmental delays. (2021 Maine KIDS COUNT Data Book page 10)
Our state has a responsibility and an obligation to ensure our youngest children get the support they need to grow and thrive in a healthy way.
Legislators have an opportunity right now to establish a new system for delivering early intervention services that will better meet the needs of the children and families who depend on them to thrive. Help us make sure policymakers hear from impacted families, so they can redesign child development services to better serve children and families across our state.
The proposed legislation will have a public hearing in the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee on May 18th at 1PM. You can submit testimony or register to testify virtually at the public hearing.
Learn more about the process for submitting or delivery testimony, as well as tips on crafting your testimony here. Have questions, or want help with your testimony? Let us know how we can help! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. We want to make sure the voices of impacted families are heard and help shape this discussion. Please share with friends or family members who might also want to speak up on this issue!
Maine Children's Alliance
331 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330