Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of First Steps. With early intervention many children with mild disabilities catch up with their peers by the time they enter kindergarten. Children with more serious disabilities may still lag behind but have improved chances for learning success.
This week the MCC’s Executive Director, Mike Hoey, testified in support of adequate funding for First Steps, the early intervention program that assists infants and toddlers with disabilities. Last year the general assembly increased funding for First Steps from $26 to $28 million. In testimony before a House appropriation committee, Hoey commended the general assembly for the funding increase and urged legislators to preserve this funding for fiscal year 2016.