1 in 20 preschoolers have a vision problem and only 21% of preschool children have their vision screened! There is a need for vision screening for Wisconsin’s children in childcare centers. When vision problems are caught early, treatment can begin early and is less likely to have complications.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin can train and certify your staff to be Certified Children’s Vision Screeners. Our screening protocol is set by the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness. Our nationally recognized certifications are valid for three years.
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin worked actively to promote vision screenings and vision health education in Early Childhood Programs. One statewide training certified 28 early childhood program partners on vision screenings.
Additionally, we presented our Vision Milestones presentation twice, to a total of 32 parents and early childhood staff members. These presentations occurred at the Parenting Network in Milwaukee and at the Wisconsin Early Childhood Association Conference in the Wisconsin Dells.
Lastly, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin provided education in the Racine Unified School District to the Parent-Child Oriented Classroom, by providing 118 parents of 3-year-old children with the Vision Health and Safety presentation and educational materials.
If you are interested in becoming a childcare program that can provide Certified Children’s Vision Screenings, please contact Shelby LaTona, Senior Community Health Manager, at [email protected] or (414)-765-0505.