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Partnership With CVS Brings Early Childhood Health Information to Hundreds of Families

More than 650 children and their families attended Early Childhood Health Fairs hosted in spring 2011 by the Special Education Clinic (SEC) with the generous support of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. The fairs, held in Passaic and Vineland, New Jersey, offered information about federal, state and local resources and services that promote the healthy development and well-being of young children, with a particular focus on infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Click here (PDF) to see photos from the two health fairs.

SEC Passaic fair   
SEC Professors Esther Canty-Barnes (2nd from right) and Jennifer Rosen Valverde (2nd from left) with CVS representatives and Rutgers students.

Free and open to the public, the fairs featured more than 20 service providers/ programs, including:

— medical/health professionals, with information on child development, proper prenatal and post-natal care, nutrition, lead awareness, and early intervention services

— eye, cancer and blood pressure screenings

— social service providers with information on federal and state public benefits programs

— police and fire departments offering car seat safety checks, child fingerprinting, and fire safety awareness

— education providers promoting literacy and early childhood education opportunities.

Rutgers students and community volunteers ran health-related arts and crafts tables, read stories to the children, and provided other entertainment. A variety of companies and organizations as well as faculty and staff at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Special Education Clinic alumni contributed books, health-related crafts supplies, food and drink, and monetary donations.

The Special Education Clinic/CVS partnership is just one of the many innovative ways SEC law and social work students, under the supervision of Clinical Professors Esther Canty-Barnes, SEC Director, and Jennifer Rosen Valverde, are educating parents and others involved in the lives of children with disabilities about their legal rights and responsibilities, and connecting children and families with community resources and supports.