With the elimination of vision and hearing screenings for toddlers by the Village of Oak Park due to budget constraints, a local Oak Park organization has stepped in to take on the necessary medical procedure.

The Collaboration for Early Childhood Care and Education has announced that it has begun screening more than a thousand youngsters from 3 to 5 years old.
The village had conducted the ear and eye exams until this past January before scrapping the procedure in a cost-cutting move.

The Collaboration – a cluster of suburban childcare centers, professionals and parents – has received a grant from the state to provide the screening and is actively looking for additional financial support. The Collaboration advocates for the care and education of children from birth to age five.

To learn more: www.collab4kids.homestead.com, or 708-802-5446.

-Terry Dean

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