Budget Watch

In an effort to keep our stakeholders informed about the state of California budget, and how the budget will impact funding, as well as programs and services, we post news on “Budget Watch”. This page features updates from the Governor and Legislature, links to important news articles and various budget and advocacy related web sites, as well as important information about how you can get involved to make a difference. Visit this page regularly to keep current on budget issues.

Renew Early Start - Senate Budget Hearing this Thursday

Sign the petition and help restore Early Start!

 

Senate Budget Hearing Thursday, March 27th!

Help us get 2,000 voices in support of Early Start!


This Thursday, the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services will be hearing about developmental services. You know Early Start is a key component of that. But the Senate needs to hear from you. Sign the petition, tell them your story, and forward this on today!

When access to Early Start was cut in 2009, thousands of children started being denied access to life-changing therapies - every year. It is well past time to reinvest in this critical program. It's time to renew Early Start.

When you add your voice to this petition, you are joining a growing list of individuals and groups that support Early Start. For instance, the Lanterman Coalition, 17 leading organizations in the state's developmental services community (including ARCA), recently signed a joint letter on the Budget. It proposed, among other things, a "return to providing necessary services to infants and toddlers... as this provides them the opportunity to reach their full developmental potential in early childhood."

Join the ranks of those urging the Legislature to fully fund Early Start, then please forward this on to your colleagues. If your organization wants to sign an open letter to Governor Brown on Early Start, email renewearlystart@arcanet.org and let us know.

And stay tuned... a town hall on Early Start is coming to Sacramento in April!
 
Easy links:
Sign the petition
Read the Lanterman Coalition Budget Position letter
See the Open Letter to Governor Brown
Visit www.renewearlystart.net!