Imagine having a child under the age of 5. Imagine finding out that your child has a condition that is affecting their development. A condition like epilepsy, autism, developmental delay, cerebral palsy or one of the many other medical conditions that wreak havoc on the lives of children and their families. As a parent you get the best medical treatment you can. Your life is measure more often than not with doctor and therapy appointments. The financial and emotional stress on your family is enormous. If you are lucky your pre-schooler will qualify to attend one of the few medically licenses pre-schools in the state geared toward serving our children. A pre-school where their physical, speech, occupational and educational goals are integrated into the daily curriculum. A pre-school where the staff is geared toward getting your child ready to enter the public school system and that can handle your child\'s special medical needs as well. For many of us, our children are in such a pre-school and it has made a huge difference in the appropriate development of our children. Now imagine that unless Congress and the President come to an agreement, funding for the pre-school will end on November 16, 2007. For too many of us we don\'t have to use our imagination. This is a reality. If you want to send a message to Congress and the President telling them to work together and save S-CHIP, please sign the petition below. S-CHIP needs to be renewed at its current funding level to keep the pre-schools we have open. S-CHIP needs to be expanded if we want to give even more children with special needs a chance to attend a pre-school that addresses their needs. Thank you!
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gen agustsson, United States10 months ago Comments: please help the kids now
Scot Polk, United States7 years ago
Margaret L. Alsbrook, United States7 years ago Comments: Before I went to law school I was director of development for a nonprofit organization that teaches adults with developmental disabilities how to live as independently as possible. Over and over again I saw how attitudes and opportunities in early childhood education make a huge difference in adults and the attitudes and opportunities they have decades later in their lives. Kids who are taught how to maximize their skills in early childhood will get a firm foundation of physical health and increased opportunities, enabling them to go on to become productive workers and taxpayers. These types of schools are essential for the future of these kids, their health in the present, and the stability of their stressed families. Please keep funding these schools, and keep their hopes and dreams alive. It's the perfect opportunity to vote for true family values, fiscal responsibility in the future, and to simply do the right thing.
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