NECTAC (the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center) recently posted a webcast entitled, “The Impact of Early Childhood Interventions on Reducing the Need for Special Education Services”. The 78 minute webcast features a panel of experts, Dr. Alexa Posny, Kathy Augustine, Dr. Kathleen Hebbeler, and Dr. Sonya Anderson (moderator) discussing the impact of early childhood interventions at a Congressional briefing on June 11, 2009.
The latest research is presented showing that high quality early childhood interventions reduce children’s need for special education services and in addition, the benefits can result in cost savings for states. Dr. Hebbeler specifically makes the recommendation that there should be increased federal support to states for early intervention services.
However, California, along with other states, are cutting back funding and narrowing eligibility for early intervention services.
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-submitted by Karen Baas, Infant Development Association of CA