Please let your New York State Legislators hear from you about the First 1,000 Days Medicaid proposal in the Governor’s budget.
During 2017, New York State Medicaid brought together a cross-section of over 200 stakeholders from education, child development, child welfare, pediatrics, and mental health to develop recommendations for how Medicaid could improve outcomes for children aged zero to three years, nearly sixty percent of whom are covered by Medicaid. The workgroup developed ten recommendations that are evidence-based, family-focused, cross-sectoral, and informed by the science of child development.
Funding to begin implementation of the recommendations was included in the Executive Budget proposal being considered by the NYS Legislature. The Governor’s budget proposes $2.9 million ($1.45 million State) in Medicaid funds toward the First 1,000 Days initiative in 2018-19.
The first three years of a child’s life are a critical window for development. Research shows that early experiences determine whether a child’s developing brain architecture provides a strong or weak foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health (Harvard Center on the Developing Child).
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