Don't make them wait. 

Imagine that you're a parent of an infant with significant needs (such as difficulty with swallowing) and were just told that your child has been placed on a waiting list for Early Intervention (EI) services. The waiting list may be weeks, or it may be months – and your pediatrician said you need to be seen as soon as possible. Waiting feels like the worst possible option.

Currently Monroe County wants to establish a waiting list for all new referrals to Early Intervention (EI) for evaluation. Children with developmental concerns identified by pediatricians or child care providers are referred the EI system for an evaluation. Once the evaluation is conducted, a determination is made about whether the child qualifies for services. The determination is based on whether the child has a significant developmental delay in one or more functional areas of development or meets a classification of disability under the law (e.g. autism, orthopedic impairment, traumatic brain injury, etc.).

Children can't wait. The establishment of this waiting list will create more lengthy delays in a system that's already failing children and families in need of critical services. Responsibility for this crisis lies with New York State, but Monroe County can and should take immediate steps to limit the consequences to children and families in the County. 

Urgent action is needed:

  • Click the 'Take Action Now' button embedded in our newsletter below. 
  • Attend or speak at the Monroe County Legislature's Ways and Means Committee meeting on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 5:30pm at the County Office Building, 39 West Main St., 14614. Speakers are limited to 2 minutes; call 585-753-1950 to sign up to speak.

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Jeff Kaczorowski for being named the 2018 Jacqueline Cady Award for Early Childhood Advocacy!

ROC the Future is currently hiring for a Director of Research and Analytics and a Manager of Continuous Improvement! 

ROC the Future (RtF) is an alliance of more than 50 leading Rochester-area institutions and community partners working with the Rochester City School District to promote alignment of strategies, resources, and accountability for improving the academic achievement and lifelong success of Rochester's children. The new Manager of Continuous Improvement will help develop a team culture of continuous quality improvement, and the new Director of Research & Analytics will help collective teams manage, analyze, integrate and report data to accelerate progress in children's outcomes.

In the News!

ROC the Future Releases State of Our Children Report Card 2018

ROC the Future focuses its collective efforts on improving school readiness, early grade literacy and high school graduation of city school students.  The Report Cards highlights RTF's new Outcomes Framework, intensifying their approach to fully understand core outcomes, identify and prioritize what makes the most difference to improve them, target resources and support, and monitor progress towards achieving improvement. 

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