Monroe County has dedicated September as Early Intervention (EI) Awareness Month. This is the first of its kind in Monroe County, hoping it will become an annual event! To shed light on the importance of Early Intervention Services, there will be speakers, organizations, and screenings from ‘Get Ready to Grow’ taking place at most events, starting with the kickoff event on Saturday, September 4, 2021. Ultimately, the purpose of Early Intervention Awareness month is to raise awareness about different Early Intervention programs and services in Monroe County servicing children birth to 3 with developmental delays.
The Children's Agenda (TCA) will be joining the County Early Intervention program and Rochester-area families for the kickoff event on Saturday, September 4 at 9:30 am as well as at the Wrap-up event with Nazareth College and The Monroe County Library on Saturday, September 25. We’ll be tabling and providing information on how parents and providers can get involved in advocacy efforts to urge Governor Hochul to sign the Covered Lives bill. TCA will contribute by sharing with parents their opportunities to influence improvements to EI services and inviting them to fill out postcards stating why EI is important to their families.
The event on Saturday, Sept. 4th will serve as the formal launch of The Children’s Agenda’s Parent Advocates Coming Together (PACT) group, to build Rochester parents’ leadership as experts within the Kids Can’t Wait advocacy campaign and to establish a diverse group of parents where their voices will be heard from Monroe County all the way to the Governor's chambers in Albany, NY, to increase the efficacy of EI services.