The Children’s Agenda’s Interfaith Collaborative will continue to support the “Kids Can’t Wait!” campaign in 2019-20 through Children’s Interfaith Weekend advocacy and follow-up activities.
In 2018, the Collaborative collected and delivered 2,179 letters signed by members of 52 congregations requesting an increase in funding for Early Intervention services. In partnership with advocates froom around New York State, a victory was achieved! The 2019-20 State budget included a 5% rate increase for 3 Early Intervention services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Language Pathologists – the first rate increase in 15 years!
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The adopted 2019 Monroe County budget includes:
• A shifting of 6 Dept. of Public Health clerical staff to respond to the collapse of Early Intervention (EI) Service Coordination programs in community agencies. A proposal to create a wait list for infants and toddlers referred for EI evaluation was withdrawn.
• An increase of $1.8 M in County spending on child care subsidies.
• Addition of 30 case aide positions in Child Protective Services.
• A ten-cent reduction in the County’s property tax rate and an increase in assessed valuation, leading to $11.6 M more projected property tax revenue in 2019 over 2018.
In this report, we provide commendations for several allocations in Monroe County’s 2019 Adopted Budget and priority recommendations for further action in 2019.
Make history in 2019. Put the State’s money in the early years, where it matters most.
New York can’t afford to leave generations of children behind!
State leaders must keep the promise of pre-k for all and increase investment in child care.
Parents, providers, and advocates have become increasingly concerned with the growing scarcity of Early Intervention (EI) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) services for children in Monroe County. Many well-known providers have closed or ceased providing services like Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT) and Speech Therapy to young children, and waiting lists for these services are growing throughout the community.
The Children’s Agenda, in consultation with other early childhood services stakeholders like the Early Childhood Development Initiative (ECDI) and ROC the Future (RtF), decided to conduct an analysis of the cost and revenue structures of these “Related Services.” The purpose of the analysis is to determine whether current reimbursement rates are sufficient to attract a large enough workforce to meet the needs of children exhibiting developmental concerns. Funding to support this study was generously provided by Rochester’s Child at the Rochester Area Community Foundation.