During the week of February 22nd,
the Kids Can’t Wait Campaign will be holding VirtualAdvocacy Days. We invite you to raise your voice, from the comfort
of your home, alongside other advocates from across New York State.
How Virtual Advocacy Days will work:
If you are interested in participating in the Kids Can’t Wait Virtual Advocacy Days please
do the following:
Monroe County Residents: Click here to complete registration form by Monday, February 15th. You will be placed on a team for a call, scheduled by our team, with your legislator and/or their staff your region and our team will schedule calls for your team to talk with
their legislators and/or their staff.
Non Monroe County Residents: Click here to find out who your legislator is. After doing so contact their office to setup a meeting. If you need assistance in doing so, our team can help. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
To prepare ALL participants for meetings, a virtual training will be held, in which participants
will learn about the key talking points and how to share their personal stories with legislators. More info to come about date and time.
conjunction with the Virtual Advocacy Days, the Kids Can't Wait campaign will utilize social media to raise awareness about the NYS Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education programs. The weeklong event will involve daily posts providing facts, images,
hashtags, and opportunities to engage. Be sure to follow the Kids
Can’t Wait Facebook Page to stay updated about the event and the ways in which you can get involved.
Kids Can't Wait 2021-22
New York State Budget Recommendations
The Kids Can’t Wait campaign calls on the State to explore all possible sources of revenue to increase the
rates for Early Intervention providers and Preschool Special Education programs by at least 10%. We also recommend:
[There needs to be more funding.]
Passage of a Covered Lives assessment to bring badly needed additional revenue
into Early Intervention program and to ensure that commercial insurers pay their fair share of Early Intervention services. The assessment should be at least $40 million in SFY22.
[Understanding the true cost of providing services is important.]
As a step towards an increase of 10% in both Early Intervention and Preschool
Special Education reimbursement rates, the state should conduct a comprehensive assessment of the methodology used to determine payment for all early intervention evaluations, services and service coordination, and should develop a new tuition rate-setting
methodology for Preschool Special Education so that rates better reflect the costs of delivering services.
[Preschool Special Education Programs are institutions of learning just like public
schools and should be included in annual increases.]
The state should guarantee parity in annual funding increases between public
schools and preschool special education programs. We support the Board of Regents’ proposal to change state law to require the State to provide at least the same percentage increase in funding to preschool special education programs as it gives to public schools
[Maintaining a current database of the location and number of service providers
would be beneficial in identifying and eliminating long-standing access to service issues due to race, poverty, and geography.]
Passage of the health care workforce data bill (A7213, S8925) to establish
regular collection and release of health workforce data, including EI providers, to inform and approve health planning and access and emergency preparedness.
[Additional and immediate concerns have surfaced as a result of the pandemic.]
New York State should act to respond to pandemic-related gaps
in services. NYS must act now to reverse these trends by taking the following steps:
Launch an outreach campaign and develop a comprehensive plan for developmental
screenings to identify young children with developmental delays and disabilities and connect them to services;
Provide adequate technology and training to families and providers;
Engage in targeted outreach to families to identify and address barriers
to participation, including issues related to telehealth access and equity; and
Provide make-up services to compensate for services missed during the pandemic
and prepare for a potential surge in children needing EI and preschool special education evaluations and services.
An Opportunity to Take Action
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on infants, toddlers and preschoolers with developmental delays and disabilities.
Some have missed months of crucial services.
Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget does not
address these trends. State leaders need to hear from us! The final 2021-22 state budget must include funding and reforms that help young children recover from gaps in therapies and instruction.
send a letter to Governor Cuomo and your representatives click here.
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The Children’s Agenda 1 South Washington St. Suite 120 Rochester, NY 14614
The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health disparities and trauma.