On Wednesday, March 15 at 8:30 am in HR F, the Education SubCommittee of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means will be allowing public testimony on SB 5516, the Oregon Department of Education “Grant in Aid” budget bill, which contains the budget for EI/ECSE programs.
Legislators must hear from parents and providers about the importance of EI/ECSE services so they don’t make further cuts to already underfunded EI/ECSE programs that are unable to provide the levels of service that children and families need.
Are you ready to advocate? Here’s what you can do next:
A. Come to Salem that morning to tell your story in person! Testimony is usually limited to 2-3 minutes per person, so prepare in advance and be as brief as possible:
- Introduce yourself and your child/family (or bring a photo of your child to share).
- Tell your personal story. How has EI/ECSE helped your child and your family? How is your life and your child’s future better as a result of EI/ECSE?
- Pick one talking point about EI/ECSE services and how it applies to your family:
- STRENGTHENS FAMILIES: Teaches parents and children with disabilities the skills they need to succeed at home and school.
- IMPROVES OUTCOMES: The seamless birth to five EI/ECSE system enhances ALL areas of a child’s development.
- COST EFFECTIVE: Children experience greater success when they receive interventions early in life. This reduces the need for special education services in K-12 programs.
- Close your testimony by asking legislators to provide sufficient funds for EI/ECSE programs so that all eligible children receive the recommended level of service now in order to reduce the need for interventions later in life.
Check out the 2017 Oregon AEI EI/ECSE Fact Sheet for current data and talking points that may be helpful in preparing your testimony.
If you need some support telling your story, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can help!
B. If you can’t make it down to the Capitol that day to share your story in person, please email the members of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Education (listed below) before the hearing on March 15. Please share your story, and ask them to provide sufficient funds for these programs so that all eligible children receive the recommended level of service now in order to reduce the need for interventions later in life.
Joint Committee On Ways and Means--SubCommittee On Education:
Co-Chair Sen Rod Monroe
Co-Chair Rep Barbara Smith Warner
Member Sen Arnie Roblan
Member Sen Chuck Thomsen
Member Rep Diego Hernandez
Member Rep John Lively
Member Rep Julie Parrish
Member Rep Gene Whisnant
Education Sub Staff Email
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Thank you for your advocacy in support of EI/ECSE programs!