Family Night Teaches How to Treat Illness
Alameda Family Services’ Head Start and Early Head Start programs hosted a Family Night Literacy Event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the College of Alameda. More than 120 families learned about the book series, “What to Do When My Child Gets Sick.”
They enjoyed playing together on the new playground built by community members last July. Children who attended met Alameda County Deputy Sheriff Martinez. Parents toured the Prescott Joseph Center for Community Enhancement’s “Breathmobile,” a clinic that provides the community with services to children with asthma at no charge.
Head Start and Early Head Start work toward improving the health, wellness and resiliency of children and families. Research shows that parents who have experienced “What to Do When My Child Gets Sick” reported a 48 percent reduction in emergency room visits, and 37.5 percent fewer unnecessary health clinic visits. This all results in 42 percent fewer work days missed by parents, and an estimate of $554 annual cost savings in emergency room and clinic visits per each family trained.
Alameda Family Services’ Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development, health, and family support services to low-income families with children from birth to age five.