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State program for toddlers with disabilities falls short in NYC’s poorest neighborhoods: report

12.05.2019 | NY Daily News | Only 61% of Bronx families got their assigned early intervention services in the legal 30-day deadline, according to the report by nonprofits Advocates for Children and Citizens’ Committee for Children – the lowest rate of any borough.

The shortfalls result from shrinking public funding for the private agencies that offer services like speech therapy – a gap that hits low-income neighborhoods the hardest – advocates said.

“For years, the state has failed to adequately invest in Early Intervention, and young children in low-income communities of color are paying the price," said Kim Sweet, executive director of AFC. Read article