Baby Watch Early Intervention Program
Contact members of Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee (SSA)
Baby Watch Early Intervention is a statewide program providing family-centered services for infants and toddlers birth to three years who have developmental delays and disabilities. Infants and toddlers are usually referred to local early intervention agencies by their pediatrician. Early Intervention provides comprehensive evaluation of a child’s overall health and development. Eligible children receive family-centered services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nursing and nutrition.
Families depend on the critical services provided by Baby Watch Early Intervention to optimize their child’s developmental potential, minimize the impact of disabilities and improve lifelong outcomes. Since 2014, the program has experienced a 49% increase in the total children served with no additional ongoing state funding to support this growth. Early Intervention programs are being stretched beyond their capacity to serve children without additional resources for direct service staff.
We know from research and evidence on neurodevelopment, that interventions delivered during the first three years of life can have an impact on social and educational outcomes for these vulnerable children. Left untreated, delays and disabilities only worsen and intervention is less effective and costlier than when it is provided earlier in life.
Please call or email members of the Executive Appropriations Committee and ask them to support the $2.7M request for Baby Watch Early Intervention Caseload Increases for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Delays.
The Executive Appropriation Committee is making final decisions on funding priorities.
Here is the link to the EAC committee members.