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Grant helps Nazareth screen pre-schoolers for development issues

Nazareth College has won a $50,000 grant from the Florence M. Muller Foundation to provide developmental screenings for young children in the coming school year.

The screenings of 3-year-olds are being done at in partnership with the Children’s Institute GROW-Rochester initiative. Pre-schoolers will be screened for hearing, vision, dental health, language and speech, cognition, and social-emotional development.

“This project uses a cross-disciplinary approach to promote the optimal healthy development of our community’s children,” said Patricia Leo, executive director of Muller Foundation. “It crosses education, health care, and child well-being — areas important to our founder and the foundation that bears her name. We are delighted to provide the grant funding to support both the Nazareth students pursuing health and human services degrees that will benefit from this hands-on, community-based learning experience, and the young children that will benefit from the comprehensive screenings the students will conduct.”

Students and faculty in Nazareth’s health and human services departments  will conduct the developmental screenings. The tests help identify health or learning issues that can be addressed with intervention plans that help a child be ready for the demands of school.

“Participating in GROW screenings will provide Nazareth students in health and human services programs with important clinical education experiences in assessment as well as an authentic experience working with an inter-professional team,” said Nazareth Dean of Health and Human Services Brigid Noonan. “The GROW experience will also expand students’ knowledge of the Rochester health care and education systems.”

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