ADRS staff, families join in Child Advocacy Day at the Capitol
More than 1,000 people gathered at the Alabama State Capitol in early April to celebrate Child Advocacy Day.
The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services was well-represented, with staff, supporters, and families lending their voices to those advocating for a number of programs for Alabama’s children.
After the ceremony, ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw, EI State Coordinator Betsy Prince, and several EI families met with legislators to discuss the importance of Early Intervention and its growing needs. State leaders were more than happy to open their doors and offer a helping hand.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey expressed the importance of programs like Early Intervention and other avenues of early childhood education when she addressed the crowd on the front lawn of the Capitol building.
“Boys and girls, I want you to know that you are the reason I serve as the governor,” she said. “Not only are you the future of our state, you are the future of our nation and of the world.”
Ivey said all of the students across Alabama deserve an opportunity to succeed.
“Because you are our future, your dreams matter,” she said. “Your dreams are what will take Alabama forward.”
It is important, Ivey said, to provide all young people with the tools they need to get a good education.
The efforts of early childhood programs put Alabama in a position to become a model for the nation. Ivey urged members of the Legislature to continue to offer their support.
“We are planting a seed of opportunity to the future of our state,” she said.