Tuesday, November 19, 2013

ADVOCACY - Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education are Vital Investments

"I recently had the pleasure to meet with Kurt and Chloe Kondrich to discuss the importance of early intervention and early childhood education investments.  Kurt is the co-chair of the Pennsylvania State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention and director of Community and Family Outreach with Early Intervention Specialists. I learned about how Chloe, who was born with Down Syndrome, is excelling in the fifth grade at Upper St. Clair’s Boyce Middle School and is fully included with her peers. She is reading on grade level thanks to early intervention, which saves thousands of dollars that would have been spent on special education. As a former law enforcement officer, Kurt attests to the return on investment that early intervention and early childhood education investments pays in lower incarceration rates, public assistance costs and lost taxes, just to name a few areas.  Thank you Kurt and Chloe, for meeting with me."

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