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I don't know if I could have paid for the testing, so it was great that GROW could give my son a free screening.

Shannola Brown, Parent

Children’s Institute is proud to present our new GROW video – it’s a chance to take a few moments and learn more about the importance of screening young children. Special thanks to the Farash Foundation for sponsoring this video and Cursor Creative for producing this special presentation.

Enroll today for the GROW Parent Portal to view your child's screening results!

To enroll please contact:
gcone [at] (subject: GROW%20Parent%20Portal%20Enrollment) (Geri Cone), GROW Data Coordinator
(585) 295-1000, ext 232

Screening children early for developmental challenges.

ROC the Future strives to strengthen the cradle-to-career pipeline in the Rochester area, and Children’s Institute has been involved in many of its committees from the beginning.

Active in the School Readiness Network, Children’s Institute is at the forefront of developing GROW-Rochester, a comprehensive initiative that integrates screenings for three-year-olds to identify needs in hearing, vision, dental health, language and speech, cognitive, and social-emotional development.

ROC the Future helped to secure $836,000 in funds for GROW-Rochester, launched in 2015. Currently, over 2,700 children have been screened with 10% identifying developmental issues.

Children's Institute continues to reach out to community health care providers and other resources to explore ways to help with the recruitment of early childhood programs and family child care providers and provide training. Case Study

Major funders for GROW-Rochester include the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Rochester’s Child (an initiative of the Rochester Area Community Foundation), as well as the City of Rochester, New York State, and United Way of Greater Rochester.

Intrigued by the possibilities of GROW-Rochester, the United States Department of Health and Human Services continues to monitor this project as a model for possible implementation nationally.

“My initial thought when I found out that Gabby did not pass her vision screening was worry and fear that my daughter would have damaged eye sight for life. The eye exam examination by the eye doctor helped pinpoint exactly what was wrong with Gabby's vision. I did not know that she had an astigmatism and that she needed glasses to correct it. When she wears her glasses her behavior seems to be more focused, now she does not need to sit so close to the television, and she seems more interested in school work. I am very thankful for the Early Vision Screening program. Without it my daughter's vision would not have been corrected.”  –PARENT

CDC’s Milestone Tracker App

Download it free today on iOS and Android devices in English and Spanish!


Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

Milestone tracker app flyer: English / Spanish


Dental & Vision Referral Lists

Congressman Morelle, local advocates announce $1.5 million in funding for early childhood services. (January, 2020)
Press release
WXXI news
13WHAM coverage


Contact us for more information on the GROW-Rochester program.