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About the GROW-Rochester Program

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 $786,000 in funds for GROW- Rochester, launched in 2015. Over the next three years, the screenings will impact approximately 400, 800, and 1,200 children respectively and will support those who work with them by coordinating efforts to identify needs and connect families to services. With additional funding, GROW-Rochester will reach even more children.

Children’s Institute, with its partners, addresses the many protocols and logistics needed for success. This includes reaching 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, developing training for screeners, and importing instrument-scoring rubrics into COMET. 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.



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