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)