We need you! And your child! And your child's stroller! Tuesday, March 22nd Stroller-In To protest a 27% ($8 million) budget cut to Early Intervention proposed by Governor Patrick. This is the most drastic cut ever proposed for Early Intervention – the lowest funding level in 10 years! Governor Patrick is planning to either implement drastic eligibility changes or dismantle the current EI system and replace it with a bifurcated system which will place thousands of children on waiting lists when state funding runs out! Bifurcation = Discrimination. Families would be denied their rights to services under Federal Law - Part C of IDEA. Services to babies and toddlers will be separate and unequal! Eligibility would no longer be based on the child’s delay but on the ability to pay. Date: Tuesday, March 22nd Place: Office of Governor Patrick (State House Boston 3rd Floor) Time: 10-11 AM at the Governor’s Office. 11 – Noon Families are encouraged to visit their legislators. (We will provide information/handouts) Why: The children and families that will be impacted by these proposed cuts need to be seen and heard! We will urge Governor Patrick to stop the cuts to Early Intervention. We will ask the Legislature to reject the Governor’s budget and work with the EI community to implement alternative solutions that will Save Early Intervention! What else can I do? Bring family and friends. Make calls, send emails and spread the word. We also need families willing to talk to the press. Please contact Mary Ann Mulligan @ Mamulligan@governmentalstrategies.com or cell: (617)447-5043 if willing. Directions to the Statehouse: By car from the North: Take Interstate 93 SOUTH to Exit 26, Storrow Drive and North Station. Stay in the LEFT lane and follow signs to Storrow Drive. Once out of the tunnel stay in LEFT lane and take the first exit on the LEFT towards Government Center and Kendall Square. Stay LEFT; at the blinking red light enter Charles Circle. Turn RIGHT onto Charles Street at the CVS. At the fifth light turn LEFT onto Beacon Street. The State House will be on your LEFT. By car from the South: Take Interstate 93 NORTH to Exit 23, Government Center. Stay in the LEFT lane onto North Street. Go through one set of lights. At the second set of lights, turn LEFT onto Congress Street. Take the first RIGHT onto State Street. State Street turns into Court Street. Turn LEFT onto Tremont Street. At the third light turn RIGHT onto Park Street. Follow Park Street up the hill to the State House. By car from the West: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) EAST through the Boston tolls. Take Exit 22, Copley Square/Prudential. Stay in the RIGHT lane and follow the signs for Copley Square. This will lead you to Stuart Street. Continue straight through five lights. At the sixth light, turn LEFT on Charles Street South. Continue through two traffic lights passing by Boston Common. At the third light, make a RIGHT on Beacon Street. The State House will be on your LEFT. Parking: The nearest parking facility to the State House is the Boston Common Garage, located at Zero Charles St., directly across from the Public Gardens. Information can be obtained by visiting their website at http://www.mccahome.com/bcg_con.html. Where to go when you arrive: Enter the State House via the General Hooker entrance on Beacon Street. If you are facing the State House, this is just to the right of the main gate. You will need to go through security and then ask for directions to the Governor’s Office, room 360. For handicap and stroller access: Enter the State House around the corner on Bowdoin Street (Bowdoin Street is the first street on the left). Enter the Ashburton Park entrance (near the Firefighter’s Memorial). You will need to go through security and then take the elevator straight ahead to the third floor. At that point, you should ask for directions to the Governor’s Office, room 360.