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Healthy Beginnings provides access to health and education and behavior services for young children and their families.

Healthy Beginnings provides universal screening services for about 700 children per year in Central Oregon.  Community screening clinics for all children ages 0 to 5 are rotated from January through December in the communities of La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Bend, Madras and Prineville. Using evidence based screening tools and trained volunteer specialists, Healthy Beginnings provides screening in development (speech, motor and concepts), behavior, vision, hearing, health, dental, nutrition, kindergarten readiness and literacy. Along with screening, Healthy Beginnings provides parent education, referral and follow-up, ensuring families are connected to the resources they need.  Healthy Beginnings also offers one-on-one screening services for children in homeless shelters and provides specialized screening services for preschools and child care centers. Funding sources including contributions, donations, fundraising efforts and United Way support.