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Update on Restoration of Early Start

The phone calls, emails, letters and tireless efforts of many to restore early start services, which had been reduced in past years, succeeded in getting the attention and support of legislators,

Unfortunately the budget compromise between the legislature and the Governor did not include the funding to restore this program to earlier levels.

But the community can be very proud of the progress made in raising widespread awareness of this issue in the legislature, and raising expectations that as the new budget year progresses, this restoration will be revisited. We thank our local legislative representatives for their support.

Efforts will continue in the coming year to restore broader eligibility criteria for early start services to serve infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

(Currently we are able to serve infants and toddlers with developmental delays or established risk conditions. See State of California Early Start Eligibility Information)

Bullying: What it is, How to Recognize it, and What to Do About it

What is bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior towards a person that often happens again and again. Bullying includes teasing, name calling, written and verbal abuse, threats, physical assault, and other hurtful behavior. Bullying is meant to threaten or intimidate the victim.
Take a look at the article here to learn more about how to prevent bullying.
Recognize it
Bullying can be hard to recognize. Click on this link to look at a PowerPoint for adults with developmental disabilities or the Fact Sheet for supporters.
Talk about it
Have you ever been bullied or have you ever witnessed someone being bullied? Do you want to know more about what to do? This page provides you with links to information on how to talk about bullying, how to create a safe environment, and a video about how to stop bullying.

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