‘When services decline, it’s the kids who pay the price’

During the short legislative session in Olympia, a bill is aiming to make a technical change in current state law to recover funding for the Washington Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program, which helps children ages 3 and under with disabilities to receive special education services through local providers.

These services include specialized instruction, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

One of House Bill 1916’s primary sponsors is Rep. Tana Senn (D), whose 41st Legislative District includes Mercer Island and parts of Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish and Renton.

The Department of Children, Youth and Families, which oversees and manages grant funding to ESIT providers, made a seemingly

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