Greetings! My name is Ja’Nai, and I am the new Early Childhood Advocacy Coordinator at The Children’s Agenda. I will be working on the KCW newsletter as well as a host of other things. Aside from that, I am a Senior at Roberts Wesleyan College with hopes of graduating in May with my Masters in Social Work with emphasis on Mental Health and Policy. I am eager to meet Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education parents in Rochester where we can work together to support families and providers and reform these systems through advocacy.
Early Intervention Awareness Month
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.
Come out and join us!
The Covered Lives Assessment would mean so much for children in need of Early Intervention services in New York State. Thank you to Monroe County Executive Adam J. Bello and Brittany Jencik, President of Parents Helping Parents Coalition of Monroe County for their guest column in the Democrat & Chronicle on August 15th, urging Governor Kathy Hochul to sign the bill into law when she takes the Governor's office.
Save the Date - September 25th
The Monroe County Library and Nazareth College are hosting the ‘Let’s Grow, Read, Play and Sing @Central Library’ on Saturday, September 25th from 10am-12:30pm. There will be Early Intervention screenings, a playdate, and an opportunity for parents to communicate the importance of Early Intervention programming in Monroe County.
Look for more details to come. For further information, please contact me.
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