In the 2013-2014 year KidSightColorado screened 37,548 children. 5,082 children were referred to eyecare professionals for follow-up care.
How Are Colorado’s Children Doing?
As I did last year in April, I want to share with you a report on the status of Colorado’s children. The 2015 KIDS COUNT in Colorado Report was published by the Colorado Children’s Campaign on March 23, 2015. This report has been published annually for 22 years. The report is part of the national KIDS COUNT project funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report includes a Child Well- Being Index that compares how children are faring in Colorado’s largest 25 counties by using indicators to assess children’s health, education and family and community support. According to the report child well –being varies widely from community to community.
Lions of the USA are pleased to announce Lions KidSight USA, a nationwide program to safeguard the vision of children aged 6 months through 6 years. The Colorado Lions KidSight Program is a founding member of Lions KidSight USA.
According to educational experts, 80% of learning is visual. So if a child can’t see well, he can’t learn well. Yet most young children don’t get their vision screened until they have problems learning or paying attention in school. By then, it may already be too late. Unless vision problems are detected early and corrected, they risk becoming permanent by age 7.
Lions in the USA already screen more than 500,000 kids per year through state-wide and local programs often known as “KidSight.” Lions KidSight USAis a national coalition that brings together Lions programs that screen kids from 6 months to 6 years of age in order create a coordinated national program.
Our mission is to ensure eye screening and follow-up care is given to all kids because every child deserves to learn and see the world clearly. To do this, we will work with Lions to increase the number of screening programs around the country in order to reach more children when it is possible and where it is needed.
Keep checking back for more information on Lions KidSight USA.