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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Hamilton Center, Inc. announced Friday it has been awarded a grant for over $13,000 to buy hearing and vision screening machines.
The grant money comes from the Terre Haute Day Nursery Fund of the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Inc. grant, a new release said. The hearing and vision screening machines purchased will be used for the Early Head Start program.
Early Head Start, now in its 26th year of operations, serves approximately 120 children ages 1 to 2 years through both in-home and center-based care.
“These hearing and vision machines will be used to screen children as they enter the program and at any time after, if a concern arises,” Tiffany Cherry, Executive Director of Child & Adolescent Services at Hamilton Center said. “Hearing and vision problems can have a negative impact on language and speech development, which might lead to struggles with academic performance or even overall well-being as the child gets older.”
Research shows that identifying and treating hearing impairments early can help prevent these outcomes, the release said. Over 95% of all newborns receive a hospital-based hearing screening shortly after birth, though many impairments go undiagnosed and therefore untreated.
By implementing this equipment, Hamilton Center said they will be able to provide regular hearing and vision screenings to children in the Early Head Start program.
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