(Moline, IL) The Early Childhood Coalition (ECC) has been coordinating efforts to offer monthly free Early Learning Screenings for children 4 months to age five at various locations throughout Rock Island County for years. The group also has spent a decade offering vision, hearing and overall developmental screenings. Now it wants to make the screenings more effective and quicker. This can be done with a new digital vision camera called the "Spot", manufactured by Pediavision.
The Secretary of the ECC, Lisa Viaene, says the current camera the group is using, the 'Photo Screener' is becoming obsolete and the film is no longer being produced. Viaene says the new camera will cost almost eight thousand dollars and she is reaching out to the community for assistance in securing the funds. Since the group began their monthly screenings in September of 2002 more than 2,200 children have been screened. Viaene says with the new camera thousands more children will be served. She says when vision problems are found early children will be more successful throughout their lives.
***The media are invited to hear more information on the new camera on Monday, December 3 at 9:00 at the Early Childhood Coalition/AOK office (4341 18th Avenue Rock Island).