Sen. Taylor applauds restoration of 'early intervention' funding in ETF budget


The Office of
State Senator Bryan Taylor
30th District

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2012
Contact: Bryan Taylor, 334-242-7848


MONTGOMERY – State Sen. Bryan Taylor, R-Prattville, released the following statement in response to Senate passage of the state's education budget this evening:

"On behalf of the Smith Center in Prattville and other programs across Alabama that provide crucial early intervention services for children with developmental delays, I urged education budget chairman Sen. Trip Pittman to restore critical funding for these services over and above the amount that was initially proposed in the 2013 budget.

"Mitigating the impact of the recession on children's early intervention services was one of my highest budget priorities. I want to thank Sen. Pittman and my Senate colleagues for hearing the voices of thousands of parents and children who rely on these essential services.

"We were able to restore nearly $300,000 in funding for early intervention while responsibly balancing the education budget. For the children and families who need them, these services are priceless."

The proposed 2013 budget would have cut early intervention funding by 6.4 percent. The version of the budget passed by the Senate adds back $298,836.

The Senate version of the education budget now goes to the House for consideration.

As a division of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Early Intervention provides supports and services for infants and toddlers birth though age 2 (0 to 36 months of age) who have a medical diagnosis that can delay normal development or who have a developmental delay causing the child to not meet developmental milestones. Early intervention supports and services focus on teaching the parents and other caregivers ways to help the child learn and participate in everyday activities.

Parents who are concerned about their child's development can call the statewide, toll-free Early Intervention Child Find hotline at 1-800-543-3098 (or TTY 800-499-1816).