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Special Education Clinic Partners With CVS to Present Early Childhood Health Fairs

March 14, 2011 – 

The Special Education Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, with the generous support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, is hosting two Early Childhood Health Fairs in April 2011. The first is on April 2 in Passaic and the second on April 16 in Vineland. The health fairs aim to improve knowledge of early childhood development and awareness of and access to available resources, focusing particularly on young children with disabilities and their families.

The Special Education Clinic/CVS partnership is just one of the many innovative ways SEC law and social work students, under the supervision of Clinical Professors Esther Canty-Barnes, SEC Director, and Jennifer Rosen Valverde, are educating parents and others involved in the lives of children with disabilities about their legal rights and responsibilities, and connecting children and families with community resources and supports.

The Early Childhood Health Fairs will offer information on federal, state and local area resources and services available to promote the healthy development and well-being of young children. Rutgers students and community volunteers will run health-related arts and crafts tables, read stories to the children, and provide other entertainment. More than 20 service providers/programs will be represented at the fairs, including:

  • medical/health professionals, with information on child development, proper prenatal and post-natal care, nutrition, lead awareness, and early intervention services.
  • eye, dental, cancer and blood pressure screenings.
  • social service providers with information on federal and state public benefits programs.
  • police and fire departments offering car seat safety checks, child fingerprinting, and fire safety awareness.
  • education providers promoting literacy and early childhood education opportunities.

The Clinic has received numerous donations of books, health-related crafts supplies, food and drink, and monetary donations from variety of companies and organizations for the event, including CVS, the Hamstra Charitable Foundation, Random House Publishing, Me & Mi Publishing, Bridge of Books Foundation, Shop Rite, Costco, BJ’s, Cumberland County Bar Foundation, Passaic County Bar Foundation, N.J. Law Librarian Association, as well as from faculty and staff at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Special Education Clinic alumni.

What:  Early Childhood Health Fair in Passaic, New Jersey, hosted by the Rutgers Special Education Clinic, local CVS stores, and the City of Passaic Mayor Dr. Alex D. Blanco and Division of Health. The event is free and is open to all in the community. 
When/Where:  10 am to 2 pm, April 2, at the Passaic Senior Center, 330 Passaic Street, Passaic 
   
What: Early Childhood Health Fair in Vineland, New Jersey, hosted by the Rutgers Special Education Clinic, local CVS stores, and the YMCA as part of Healthy Kids Day. The event is free and is open to all in the community. 
When/Where:  10 am to 12:30 pm, April 16, at the YMCA, 1159 East Landis Avenue, Vineland