The Parent Coalition of Whatcom County The E-Alert of The Arc of Whatcom County
October 30, 2009


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  • Upcoming Events
  • Early Learning Town Hall Meeting
  • Washington State Budget Information
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  • Early Learning Town Hall Meeting

    Develop Washington state's long-term plan

    We have a rare opportunity in Bellingham and Whatcom County where to make a difference for kids in our community and statewide. Each of us is invited to a special meeting with the Director of the Department of Early Learning and The WA Superintendent of Public Schools.

    For the first time ever, the Department of Early Learning, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Thrive by Five Washington are leading a statewide team to develop a long-term Early Learning Plan for our state and recommendations for the 2010 legislative session.

    Take this opportunity to have your voice heard by the leaders who have the power to affect the cost and quality of preschool, childcare and early learning for all children in Washington State.

    Wednesday, November 4th 7-8:30pm St. Luke's Community Education Center 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham

    Washington State Budget Information

    Preparing for the 2010 Supplemental Budget Process

    Washington State is working to address our budget shortfall. Significant changes have been proposed that will impact services and supports to findividuals and families.

    The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) has submitted budget reductions to eliminate the remaining state only employment supports and to reduce the number of people added to the Children's Intensive In-home Behavioral Support Waiver (CIIBS).


    To find your senators' and representative's phone numbers, you may use a searchable online directory or call TOLL-FREE: 1-800-562-6000 & ask for your senators' and/or representative's phone number.

    Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member, not the legislator. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment.

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    Upcoming Events
    Buddy Walk 2009

    October 31
    Special Olympics Bowling
    NW Regional Tournament
    Mt Baker Lanes, Ferndale

    November 7
    Youth Self Advocacy Meeting
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Maureen at 360-715-0170X 302

    November 9
    Parent to Parent Support Meeting

    7:00 - 8:30 pm
    Fisher Elementary School-Library
    in Lynden
    Contact Parent to Parent at (360) 255-2056 for more information

    November 14
    Advocacy Training: The Three R's of Advocacy
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Beverly at 360-715-0170X 306

    November 16
    Spin Dance
    Max Higbee Center
    315 Halleck Street
    Contact Amanda: 779-7000

    November 21
    Autism Support Group meeting
    12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
    The Arc's Dan Godwin Community Center
    2602 McLeod Road, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Beverly at 360-715-0170 X 306

    November 28
    Whatcom County Developmental
    Disabilities Advisory Board Meeting
    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    St. Luke's Education Center
    3333 Squalicium Parkway, Bellingham
    For more information contact
    Jessica at 360-676-6724 X 32014

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