The seven districts of Alabama’s Early Intervention System (AEIS) held several special events for the week of April 17-21 to celebrate the vital role early intervention plays in the success of children with disabilities or developmental delays.
The celebrations were part of “Early Intervention Week” in the state of Alabama. Former Gov. Robert Bentley signed a proclamation in late March to set aside a week to honor the thousands of children and families assisted by AEIS each year.
“We are excited to promote the importance of the first three years of life and the impact of services and supports to Alabama’s babies and families,” said Betsy Prince, statewide AEIS coordinator. “Quality early intervention services can change the outcomes for our young children with developmental delays.”
Studies indicate that 85 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life and that investing in early childhood programs increases the effectiveness of public schools, develops better educated workers, and reduces crime.
As part of the commemoration, Prince said that each AEIS district focused in on local resources, day care facilities and Public Health offices to increase awareness of the benefits of early intervention. Each district also hosted a “Family Day” on Friday, April 21, where families wrote letters to legislators to share their personal stories of the impact Early Intervention has had on their lives.