Care For Kids
The Care for Kids program assists families in finding medical/dental providers. The program is ideal for families who are new to the area and those who are unaware of how to locate these resources. There is no fee for children under the age of 21 years who receive Medicaid. Please call 319-356-6045 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Services provided include:
- Explanation of Medicaid benefits
- Referrals for medical, dental, immunization, hearing/vision, nutrition and developmental delay needs
- Transportation assistance to appointments
No two children develop, grow and learn in the same way or at same pace. However, children do develop in certain predictable ways. A developmental screening is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing.
- What are Developmental Milestones?
Developmental milestones are skills or abilities that most children can typically do at specific ages. They include:
- Physical milestones, such as sitting up, walking, or grasping small objects
- Language milestones, such as learning to say “baba”, “mama”, or putting words together to form a sentence
- Social & emotional milestones, such as playing peek-a-boo, throwing a ball or helping to dress himself.
- When Should a Child Be Screened?
It is never too early to schedule a developmental screening. The early childhood years from birth to the start of Kindergarten are an important time of rapid learning and growth.
- What Takes Place During a Developmental Screening?
Developmental screenings vary depending on the age of your child and reasons for screening. You and/or their caregiver will be asked to share observations about how your child moves, plays and communicates, by completing an ASQ® questionnaire. This questionnaire also includes questions about your child's vision and hearing. The questionnaire can be completed at home where you and child feel more comfortable and can take your time answering the questions.
- What to Do if There Are Concerns
A developmental screening is an important first step to see if you child is reaching developmental milestones. If you have questions or concerns about how your infant or toddler plays, hears, sees, talks, eats or moves, Johnson County Public Health (JCPH) provides developmental screenings using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ3®). These questionnaires can be completed at home by a parent and returned to JCPH by mail. A Registered Nurse will score the questionnaire and share the results with you and your child’s Primary Care Provider. If you are interested in a Developmental Screen for you child, please contact Johnson County Clinical Services at 356-6042.
If concerns do surface, it means that more information and additional help may be needed. If your child needs further assessment or assistance, early intervention services are available. The Early ACCESS program, at Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), is available to help children reach their full potential and help you understand your child’s development. Talk with the screening agency about referrals and next steps.
For more information about Early Access, click here
Child Care Nurse Consultant Program
Iowa Child Care Nurse Consultants work with child care providers to promote healthy and safe environments and healthy child development.
Child Care Nurse Consultants can assist child care providers in the following areas:
- Health and Safety Assessments of child care environments
- Health and Safety Policies
- Illness Prevention and Control
- Injury Prevention Assessment
- Child and Caregiver Record Review
- Medication Administration
- Playground Safety
- Health Education Activities for Children
- Environmental Safety
- Children with Special Needs Inclusion and Care Plans
- Immunization Information
- Referrals to Community Services
Child Care Nurse Consultant services are provided free of charge, by phone consultation, e-mail, or on-site visits. Contact the Johnson County Child Care Nurse Consultant at 319-356-6042. For more information and resources for child care providers, visit the Healthy Child Care Iowa program website.