Promoting health and preventing illness and injury helps children succeed in school. Hearing and vision screening helps determine whether a child needs additional help to put them on track for success. Early intervention and treatment for children with special health needs or disabilities helps them develop strategies for learning. Children do best when they receive support that is targeted to their needs.
When children have a doctor and regular checkups needed to keep them healthy, they are more prepared for school. When children who have a regular doctor become sick, they can easily access health care and return to school more quickly. Time spent learning leads to success in school.
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, but it’s preventable. Children with healthy teeth are better able to eat, speak, and focus on learning. Children need a dentist and regular dental exams. Children should start going to a dentist when they are 12 months old and then get regular checkups every 6 months.