First Steps receives $2,500 CVS grant

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Berkeley County First Steps announced last week that it has received a $2,500 CVS Caremark Community Grant.

The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to building healthier communities. The grants support programs that are focused on providing health education and awareness.

The support from CVS Caremark will help Berkeley County First Steps screen all infants and young children enrolled in Berkeley County First Steps Parents As Teachers program and partnering childcare centers to identify hearing health concerns.

“Funding from CVS Caremark will improve early identification services for children enrolled in our Parents As Teachers Program and in Berkeley County Child Care Centers. CVS Caremark funding will make an essential screening accessible to our youngest and most vulnerable children in Berkeley County”, said Adrienne Troy-Frazier, Executive Director of Berkeley County First Steps.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health and we believe that optimal community health starts with education and awareness,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Senior Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy & Sustainability, CVS Caremark. “We are pleased to support the work that Berkeley County First Steps does in the community and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling their program’s mission.”

Berkeley County First Steps was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2013 application process. Grants were awarded to programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that communities need to help them on their path to better health. The goal of the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is to help build healthier communities.

Hearing loss is the most common birth defect. Approximately one of out every 300 children, or 33 babies each day, are born with a hearing loss in the United States (White, 1996). In addition, late-onset hearing loss caused by illness or injury can affect a child at any time. One of the most common early childhood health problems, chronic middle ear infections, can cause fluctuating hearing loss that may also disrupt a child’s language acquisition if left undiagnosed and untreated.

If children with hearing impairments are not identified early, it is difficult, if not impossible, for many of them to acquire the fundamental language, social, and cognitive skills that provide the foundation for later schooling and success in society. When early identification and intervention occurs, children with hearing impairments make dramatic progress, are more successful in school, and become more productive members of society.

The mission of Berkeley County First Steps is to improve the early childhood development of Berkeley County children by providing resources to assist families in preparing their children to reach school healthy and ready to succeed through community partnerships and collaboration.

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