Each school year, thousands of children may enter kindergarten with a hidden challenge: A yet undiagnosed developmental delay due to a lack of proper screening in pre-school years.
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from CVS Health, this year Easter Seals Southern California is once again able to expand its screening services for pre-school aged children to determine any developmental challenges that need to be addressed before they enter kindergarten.
The CVS Health grant directly supports Easter Seals Southern California's Child Development Centers (CDCs) in Encinitas, Leucadia and Solana Beach, helping to augment the costs associated with interns and staff to work directly with children and families.
"Having additional resources with specific expertise in both mental health and marriage and family counseling is instrumental in training staff on how to identify very early signs of potential disorders in children ages 0-5. Additionally, our CDCs are able to create strategic partnerships with qualifying school districts to work on treatment plans early to ensure school readiness for each and every student," said Betty Reckard, Vice President, Child Development Services for Easter Seals Southern California.
CVS Health has counted Easter Seals as a national premiere partner in their signature philanthropic program, All Kids Can, since its introduction 10 years ago. Easter Seals, through the generosity of CVS Health, is the only national service provider to offer free access to a comprehensive and confidential screening tool to help guide parents through the crucial first years of life.
“For a decade, we have proudly supported Easter Seals sites across the country in delivering exceptional services and support to young children and their families in our local communities,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy, CVS Health. “Our company’s purpose is to help people on their path to better health. We understand that path starts in the earliest years of life.”