The Early Connections Birth to Three program was targeted for closure earlier this summer under Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s alternative budget. Since then, state employees ratified an agreement to save $1.6 billion for taxpayers, protect good jobs, and preserve vital services. But the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) refuses to re-open admissions to families in need.
The program’s teachers and therapists took charge of their future and are keeping their jobs. But they worry about what will happen to the infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities that they serve.
Join us for a march and rally to tell DDS that Connecticut families deserve access to quality Birth to Three services.
WHEN: Thursday, September 8, beginning at 12:00 PM.
WHERE: Meet at the Legislative Office Building (LOB) at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford. Free parking is available in the LOB garage. We’ll then march to DDS’ Central Office at 460 Capitol Avenue for the rally and a press conference.
WHO: Families with infants and toddlers who have benefited from Birth to Three services, professional staff in the Early Connections program, and early education advocates.
Today, it’s Early Connections in DDS. Tomorrow, it could be other critical services eroded, diminished or taken away from Connecticut families in need. We must take action for the public we serve.
Click here to access a leaflet members of District 1199/SEIU and CSEA/SEIU Local 2001 are distributing to organize a big crowd for the march and rally.
Click here to access another leaflet mobilizing families, advocates, and union members to contact the governor’s office and urge he stop DDS from shutting-down Early Connections.