L.A. Advocates take big steps on Early Start – will you?
15 groups join together to spread the word about the benefits of this critical service, and urge its full funding!
Last Friday, well over 100 advocates, activists, and concerned citizens came together in Los Angeles for 211 L.A. County’s Early Start Advocacy Day. Under the coordination of Patricia Herrera, Project Director, and Maribel Marin, Executive Director, the standing-room only crowd heard about the program, federal perspectives, personal stories from families and advocates, and updates on both clinical and therapeutic developments.
Events like this showcase the broad range of support for Early Start. You – or your organization – can join in and show your feelings on this! The Assembly Budget Subcommittees will be discussing developmental services this Wednesday, the 19th, and we’re hoping you’ll help us break the 1,000-signature mark by then. The Senate hearing is a week from Thursday (March 27th), and we’re sure we can get to 2,000 individuals in public support – but only if you sign on now!
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the many organizations that joined in support of last Friday’s 211 L.A. County-led Early Start town hall. They included:
- First 5 LA
- Zero To Three
- Children’s Bureau
- IDA California
- Child Development Institute
- Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center
- Children Now
- California Consulting
- San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance
- L.A. Care
- Health Net
- Alliance for Children’s Rights
- Autism Speaks – Southern California Chapter
In the vein of organizations supporting Early Start, we are pleased to announce the release of a new open letter to Governor Brown, specifically for organizations to sign on to. Big or small, your group is welcome to join in support of this new prong in an ever-growing grassroots effort to renew Early Start! Just email us at [email protected] if your organization wants to sign this letter.