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State announces $2.1 million for screening for childhood development delay

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Monday announced $2.1 million in state funding to screen children in the Western New York and Long Island regions for developmental delays.

The Council on Children and Families will work with the state Department of Health and local agencies to screen children earlier for developmental delays, as well as their mothers for depression. The project is intended to become a statewide model, Cuomo said.

“All of New York’s children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. These programs help level the field by detecting problems and providing services for more children at an early age,” the governor said in a statement Monday.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz called the state funding a good investment that will provide critical support to families, pediatricians and local agencies that serve children.

“Improvements in screening rates will help identify the programs and services children may need at an earlier point in their lives and will help their families tap into a support network that will assist them as their children grow,” Poloncarz said.

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