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Child Health and Development

Goal: Child Health/Development and Academic Achievement

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Veronica Ahumada Newhart
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Governor Schweitzer launched a school readiness agenda in 2006 by hosting two summits which focused on the importance of early childhood education. Many state agencies received suggestions on how best to support young children and families so that child development is maximized, professionals work more effectively together, and families are better served. Montana was one of seven states to receive a National Governor’s Association grant to host this summit. Summit partners included the Head Start/State Collaboration Office and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) Early Childhood Services Bureau and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Core Team. It was agreed that full-time kindergarten is a key piece to building a strong academic future for all of Montana’s children. Each community plan was designed to impact the way in which children successfully transition to kindergarten. Each community team was awarded a $3,000 mini-grant to pursue their action plans, with an eye toward early childhood public awareness and training.
Since 2004, approximately one of every five Montana third graders screened at schools participating in the Oral Health Screening program had untreated caries. More than half of the third grade children had dental caries experience and less than half had dental sealants.4 This issue of Montana Public Health describes the oral health school-based screening program in Montana and offers recommendations to schools that wish to participate.
Low-income Children Have Greatest Dental Needs. Poor dental health impacts children’s growth, function, behavior, and school readiness. Sadly, low-income children experience the greatest amount of dental disease and fewest dental visits, even though they have the highest rates of dental insurance coverage (Medicaid and SCHIP). Thus, sources other than cost must serve as barriers. This study sought to identify factors which might prevent or facilitate adequate dental care.
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Child Health/Development and Academic Achievement