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Free children’s health screenings offered in Craig April 18, 19

Free developmental screenings for children birth to 5 years old are offered in Moffat County twice a year. Dominic Arquette has his hearing checked by Moffat County School District Nurse Myranda Lyons at the September 2017 fair.
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Plan to attend

2019 Children’s Health Fair

Developmental screenings for children age birth to 5 years old.

When: By appointment only 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 and 19

Where: Moffat County School District Early Childhood Center, 600 Texas Avenue

Cost: Free

To make an appointment call Terri Roberts at 970-824-7457.

Instead of rushing around to multiple providers to seek regular well-child health screenings, Moffat County educators, health care providers, and service agencies are providing free developmental screenings.

“Developmental screenings look at how a child is developing and meeting milestones,” said Stephanie Davis, Moffat County School District Early Childhood Center director.

The 2019 Children’s Health Fair will offer free developmental screenings for children age birth to 5 years old by appointment only 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 18 and April 19 at the Moffat County School District Early Childhood Center, 600 Texas Avenue.

To make an appointment call Terri Robinson at 970-824-7457.

The annual spring event is the traditional kickoff for families wanting their children to attend any preschool in the fall, Davis said.

She explained that studies show early intervention is most effective at ages birth to five years. Families are encouraged to make an appointment, then pick up a packet of paperwork to complete that seeks to gather information about the child’s development to bring on the day.

For those who are interested in preschool, applications will also be provided.

On the day of the appointment parents and children move through a number of stations for cognition, hearing, health, vision, dental, fine and gross motor skills, speech and language, and social and emotional screenings.

“If parents have paperwork completed the process takes about 30 minutes,” Davis said.

She added that’s more efficient than having to make multiple appointments across providers.

“Sometimes providers will bring families back for further evaluation and get early interventions place,” she said.

The children’s health fair is sponsored by Moffat County School District RE-1 Child Find, with collaboration from Memorial Regional Health, Northwest Colorado Health, Connections 4 Kids, Horizons Specialized Services, and Craig Lions Club.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com.