Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 7, 2014
Early Childhood Health Fair planned in Stonington
Kindergarten may seem a long way off, but it is not too early to prepare for that day. Some children have delays in language or other areas that can affect school readiness. However, some children with developmental delays are not identified before starting school, according to a news release.
The Early Childhood Health Fair can help make sure your child is ready to learn and succeed in school. This event offers free health, dental, and developmental screenings, resources for parents, healthy snacks, and play opportunities for the children.
Organized by Ready By 21 and Island Family Medicine, the Health Fair is supported by the Island Medical Center board, Child and Family Opportunities, Healthy Peninsula and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital.
Child Development Services staff and professional volunteers will offer play-based developmental screening and age appropriate questionnaires for children ages 18 months to 5 years of age. Nursing staff from Island Family Medicine will offer height, weight, vision, and hearing screenings, and Dr. Wendy Alpaugh and her staff will provide dental screenings.
The Health Fair will be held on Saturday, September 13, starting at 9 a.m. All services are free and confidential, but appointments are required. Call Island Family Medicine at 367-2311 for an appointment, as space is limited.