Community Developmental Screening Events

As a parent, many resources offer information to help make the best decision possible for your family. It could be advice from a friend, co-worker or family member, or tips from an article you read online. It could also be an organization that is able to give input and answer questions that have trained staff that specialize in early learning and development. All of these resources form a family’s support system, and as a community, we strive to strengthen that system.

The Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children initiative is excited to continue expanding the community developmental screening events across Sheboygan County. These screening events are free to the community and offer support from the following organizations: Family Resource Center, Family Connections, Public Health, Birth to Three program, Head Start, Early Learning Center and Plymouth School District. As the events expand, we look forward to additional partners being involved.

During the developmental screening events, parents will fill out a screen – essentially a questionnaire about their child’s development. Staff will then review the screen with the family and have their child practice certain age appropriate activities. Some examples are stacking blocks, jumping with both feet, identifying certain objects, or following certain directions. This is a time where parents can understand what they should be expecting their child to do, and what milestones their child should be reaching in the future. After the screen is complete, staff will connect families to the community resources they may need, and families are encouraged to share the screen information with their child’s pediatrician.

The next community developmental screening event dates and locations are:

January 24 from 8am-12pm
Lakeshore Community Health Care
1721 Saemann Ave
Sheboygan, WI 53081

February 1 from 3pm-6pm and February 2 from 8am-12pm
Generations, an Intergenerational Center
1500 Douglas Drive
Plymouth, WI 53073

Registration is required and spots fill quickly. Call the Family Resource Center at 892-6706 for more information and to register your child for a date and time.

The Community Partnership for Children initiative gives the opportunity for a diverse team of experts from local organizations to come together and support families in Sheboygan County. As a community, we should be excited as more organizations and businesses begin to work together more efficiently towards one vision – all Sheboygan County children are safe, healthy and prepared to grow learn and achieve.

 

Welcome Baby is 1-Year-Old

In the summer of 2015 United Way of Sheboygan County, along with other key partners, hosted a community conversation focused on early learning and child development efforts in Sheboygan County. After continued collaboration and donor support, the Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children (SCCPC) was established in January of 2016.

The SCCPC is a cradle to career initiative, with the current focus of developing and sustaining prevention support for children, their families and caregivers. The initiative is supported by United Way of Sheboygan County, the backbone nonprofit organization, as well as a diverse team of experts from healthcare, government, education, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals from the community.

The first program developed by the SCCPC in November of 2016 was Welcome Baby. The program is now offered to all first-time parents and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Sheboygan County. During the Welcome Baby hospital visit, a Resource Specialist meets with families at Aurora Memorial Medical Center and St. Nicholas Hospital to provide community resource information, as well as connect families to Parents as Teachers home visiting program.

The SCCPC is excited to celebrate Welcome Baby’s first birthday! Through this past year, the Resource Specialist staff from Family Connections visited 378 families at Aurora Memorial Medical Center and St. Nicholas Hospitals. During these visits, families receive a community resource booklet, outlining resources such as basic needs and other parenting support programs and online information. In addition, families also receive a board book to promote literacy and safe sleep habits, as well as additional information about postpartum depression.

After the visit in the hospital, the Resource Specialist may offer families the opportunity to connect with a Parent Educator from the Family Resource Center to learn more about the Parents as Teachers (PAT) home visiting program. Throughout this past year, there have been 138 home visits serving 30 families through the Welcome Baby program. The PAT home visiting program gives parents the opportunity to learn more about community resources, child development and learning activities for their children, as well as other parenting topics.

When looking at how SCCPC has developed and grown over the past two years, it is clear that collaboration has been the key to success. As more organizations that serve families and children work together, the community will benefit. For more information, contact Corrissa Frank, Community Partnership for Children Coordinator at corrissa@uwofsc.org.