Healthy Beginnings is an amazing grassroots program in Bend, Oregon that provides developmental and health screenings for children from birth to age 5 for free. In previous years I have assisted this program by wearing many different hats from volunteer screener, to board member to ticket seller.
It was quite exciting today to switch roles and be a participating parent. I have had the pleasure of observing screenings and volunteering at screening stations myself but it was quite a different experience to be a parent taking my child through the screenings.
I enjoyed visiting with each of the stations some including dental, behavior, health and nutrition. Each volunteer (many of them professionals in their filed) took time to observe my son and listen to my concerns or questions about his development. The screeners provided me with great information about development milestones, play time ideas, teething tips and so much more.
It was such a great process to go through and honestly a little up lifting to hear that my child was in good health and seemed to be meeting his developmental milestones. Programs like Healthy Beginnings are so important to Bend, Oregon. They provide an amazing service for the children throughout Central Oregon for free. I am always amazed at how selflessly and tirelessly the staff and volunteers of this program work in order to make sure that every child has a healthy beginning.
Thank you Healthy Beginnings for the amazing service you provide to our community.
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