A community health program that’s ‘all eyes’ on youth (Eden Health District)

A $20,500 Community Health Fund Grant from Eden Health District enables Hayward Unified School District to continue the Prevent Blindness Northern California’s "See Well to Learn" program. The program provides vision screenings for approximately 700 three-to-five-year-old low-income preschoolers. For some preschoolers the exams result in their first pair of eye glasses.

It has been estimated that as much as 80% of the learning a child does occurs through his or her eyes. Reading, writing, and using computers are among the visual tasks students perform daily. A child's eyes are constantly in use in the classroom and on the playground. When his or her vision is not functioning properly, education and participation in school activities can suffer. Nowhere is this truer than for low income This comprehensive program focuses on preschoolers so they enter kindergarten socially well-adjusted and ready to learn.

"We are proud to be a "partner in health" with the Hayward Unified School District, and Prevent Blindness Northern California's "See Well to Learn" program," said Dev Mahadevan, CEO, Eden Health District. Investing our grant monies in the youth of the communities we serve is central to Eden Health District's mission.”

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