Help for At-Risk Babies and Toddlers

Download CDF-MN's summary of Senate File 1165

On Monday, February 20, 2012 the Senate Education Committee voted unanimously to pass CDF-MN's bill promoting infant and toddler well-being. Senate File 1165 (Early Intervention Referral for Infants and Toddlers), chief-authored by Senator Sean Nienow, ensures that Minnesota children who have been neglected or abused are referred for an early intervention screening to determine if they are meeting developmental milestones.

Research shows that children who are neglected or abused are at substantial risk of physical, developmental, and emotional delays. This risk is greatest for very young children. Early intervention services provided to infants and toddlers can reduce their need for remedial services later in childhood. In fact, a 2009 University of Minnesota study found that one-third of the children they followed over time who received early intervention services did not need special education by second or third grade. This bill will help prepare our youngest Minnesotans for school while paving the way for Minnesota's future prosperity. For more information on Senate File 1165, please read CDF-MN's summary of the bill.

Senate File 1165 will now move to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The House companion, House File 1203, is chief-authored by Representative Mindy Greiling. Please check back for updates on the status of Senate File 1165 and House File 1203.