Tillamook County’s Early Childhood Screening Fair will be held March 2-4 at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. All Tillamook County children ages 2 to 6 years of age are encouraged to participate in this comprehensive screening fair, which is provided free of charge.
Formerly known as Multi-modular preschool exams, this one-of-a-kind program has been a feature of Tillamook County for 45 years. Since that small beginning in 1971, more than 20,000 Tillamook County kids have been served. At the 2015 screening, 109 children from all around Tillamook County received free screenings in 12 health and developmental areas, with referrals made for follow up with professional providers in 215 identified areas of concern.
The value of screening services provided per child is more than $1,000 each. Community partnerships, generous in-kind and financial donations, along with more than 100 volunteers both locally and from Portland-area university programs make it possible to offer these services free of charge to our community’s young children to help ensure they begin school as ready to learn as possible.
“These comprehensive screenings in 12 vital areas of children’s health in a single appointment are unique to Tillamook and give a clearer picture of our children’s overall development than any one provider can offer,” stated Gina Seufert, community partnership leader and VP of physician and clinic services at Tillamook Regional Medical Center. “And resources are available to help families with the professional services follow up as needed.”
Transportation to and from the Fairgrounds has been identified as a barrier for some families, especially those from North and South Tillamook County. “Our community partners group is committed to making sure any child who needs it has transportation,” stated Kim Lyon, NW Regional ESD Tillamook administrator. “When families make a screening appointment for their child, please let the scheduling staff know if transportation is needed and we will be happy to make arrangements for pick up as well as the return ride.”
Tillamook Regional Medical Center is honored to lead this community-wide project, which can only be accomplished through the support and involvement of so many local and regional partners, including the school districts, the NW Regional ESD, Head Start Centers in Tillamook County, the Tillamook County Health Department, OHSU, OSU Extension Office, Tillamook Family Counseling and more.
To schedule an appointment for your child, please call 503-815-2292. To make a donation in support of this community program, please visit AdventistHealth.org/TRMC/giving or call 503-815-2302.