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Vision Screenings


NOCAC Head Start will obtain or perform evidence based vision screenings on each child within 45 calendar days of the child’s entry into the program.


  1. Designated staff will complete a vision screening on every child annually per the Health Advisory Committee and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT).
  2. The evidence based vision screener is PlusOptix.
  3. Designated NOCAC Head Start staff will be trained annually on the use of the vision screeners.
  4. Parents will be informed of all screenings at the time of enrollment during the first home visit. NOCAC staff will assist the family in completing the Enrollment Consent Form.
  5. Vision screenings (within normal limits) obtained from the child’s Physical exam will be entered into ChildPlus for tracking.
  6. Passed Vision Screenings:
    1. The designated Head Start Staff will notify the parent about the results using the Parent’s Notification of Screening Results – PNSR.
  7. Failed Vision Screening:
    1. Parents are notified using the Parent’s Notification of Screening Results – PNSR with a NOCAC Head Start Vision Report form attached.
    2. Parents are advised by the Family Service Specialist (FSS) and/or teacher to take their child to an optometrist.
    3. The FSS and/or teacher shall assist the family in finding an optometrist if necessary.
    4. The FSS and/or teacher will follow up with the family as needed
    5. All follow-up is tracked in ChildPlus.
    6. At any time during the year, a parent may request another screening.


Forms and Additional Guidance:

This policy complies with the following

Head Start Program Performance Standard:   1302.42(b)(2)
ODJFS Child Care Manual:    
CACFP Regulation:    
Caring for Our Children:
Other Sources:    


Effective Date:   8/7/17 Reviewed Date:    
Approved By Policy Council:   8/7/17 Revision Approved By Policy Council:    
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