CA Early Start Outreach Resources

CA Early Start Outreach Resources

Additional IDEA Funding Coming:
Thank you's in order for our Federal Legislators who voted for the American Rescue Plan Act. It included a one time stimulus funding for IDEA of $2.5B. It will be split $250M for Part C and $200M for Part B.

Our California Senators, Diane Feinstein and Alex Padilla voted in support. To see how your Congressional representative voted click here

Outreach Efforts for CA Early Start referrals:
Outreach to families and community referral partners regarding the fact that CA Early Start is up and running has been a focus for the Department of Developmental Services staff, its collaborative agency partners, Regional Centers, Early Intervention Programs, etc. Many levels of outreach have been implemented. One features Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, California's Surgeon General on Early Start, a Public Service Announcement (PSA) Take a look, share with your community collaborators.

The PSA video can be found on DDS’ YouTube page here (and the transcript for 508 compliance). The video features closed captioning in English and Spanish.For more information regarding Early Start services and referrals, please contact the Early Start BabyLine at 800–515–BABY (800–515–2229) or [email protected].

Other materials:
Early Start also has a variety of additional multilingual brochures, booklets, publications. Materials, and other free resources, are available for parents, professionals, and others at the following link: click here

  • Early Start Healthcare Provider Brochure – An easy-to-read brochure that outlines the screening, referral and intake process (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Hmong, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian attached) more info
  • The Early Start Community Flyer – An informative flyer for families who may have a concern about their child’s development (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Hmong, Chinese, Farsi, Tagalog, Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian attached) more info
  • Social Media and Newsletter Scripts – Scripts to use for various social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Email Listservs, etc., provided in English and Spanish) more info

What outreach ideas have you thought of to let families, community collaborators aware that Early Start is up and running? Let us know, so we can share them [email protected].

Here are some suggestions:

  • Share DDS’ social media posts about the PSA on your social networks (Spanish & English)
  • Reach out to tell your Early Intervention stories - What is CA Early? Who does it serve? How does it make a difference?
  • Seek out your community ECE partners- remind them that anyone can refer to CA Early Start?
  • Use the attached samples to create your own social media posts with other images you have approval to use
  • Embed the video on your website and post the transcript to ensure accessibility
  • Include the video link and transcript in your publications (newsletters, email blasts, resource lists, etc.)
  • Look at ways to partner with your local CAAEYC Chapter in celebrating the 50th Anniversary Week of the Young Child, April 10th -16th, www.caeyc.org

Vaccine Updates:
Department of Developmental Services released a department directive to advise Regional Centers to contact consumers/caregivers ages 16 and up who are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine starting March 15th.

It means that you (consumer) may get a letter from your Regional Center with your name on it .You may also be contacted by the Regional Center with information about where you can get a vaccine, how to schedule an appointment, and options for assistance including transportation. Bring this letter to your appointment to prove your eligibility. For additional information click here

Celebrating Disabilities Awareness Month:
In March 1987, Ronald Reagan issued a Presidential Proclamation that called upon Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” necessary for people with developmental disabilities to reach their potential. Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (DD Awareness) promotes the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life and raises awareness about the barriers that people with disabilities still face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

Resources: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH 2021

Additional Resources:

  • Early Intervention During COVID - click here
  • Child Care Transition Plan between CDE and DSS - click here
  • The Arc - Position Paper on Early Childhood - click here

Reminder:

  • March 19th - 12:00-12:45PM Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF) offers a Q&A Session with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities answer questions on COVID-19 distribution for individuals with disabilities. Click here to register:
  • March 27th - IDA Listen 9:30AM - Register here
  • May 17th - CA budget update on Monday, May 17th 12-1:30PM

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Policy Co-Chairs

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