Hear! Here! is very happy to report that it has received a grant of $4650.00 from First 5 Yolo
First 5 Yolo's Mission Statement "First 5 Yolo will assist our community to raise children who are healthy and ready to learn" led Hear! Here! to believe that the hearing program might be a perfect candidate for grant funds. The hearing program arranges for children 4 & 5 years of age to take a hearing test designed to identity any hearing impediment that the child may have.
Research shows that children with hearing loss may have problems with:
- Grades in School
- Language Skills
- Social Skills
- Relationships with Peers
- Relationships with Family
- Emotional Health
In California, after birth, most children are not tested until they enter school at age 6. This program aims at catching a hearing loss early enough to give the child a chance of not falling behind before they have even started school.
"The grant is particularly important to us, said Mel Russell one of the coordinators of the project, as the goal for this year's program is to increase the testing to 500 children which is a significant increase for the program. 2011 saw 361 children take part in the hearing screenings, with 347 completing the test of which 17 failed. We estimate that this year the cost of testing one child will be about $8.50. The monies from the grant will go directly to the agency that performs the tests for us...we still need more funds if we are to make our goal of testing 500 children; providing information to the schools and parents; and providing follow up...but the grant has us well on our way. We have been very fortunate in the past to receive help from many of the local service organizations, such as the Lions, the Kiwanis, and the Soroptimists. However, the scope of this year's project required a significant early infusion of funds and we are so pleased that First 5 recognized the value of our project and chose to support it."
Donna Seaver the other coordinator for this year's project said "Testing will be in the first week of May and site visits and scheduling of schools will begin soon. If you are interested in volunteering on this project you may leave a message at  756-5536 and either Mel, or I will be in contact with you. We will be visiting schools in Davis, Esparto, Winters and Woodland. Schools interested in being included in the program may call the same number".
The program is still accepting donations, both from organizations and individuals. If you would like to donate to the program you may mail a check to:
Hear! Here! Treasurer
Atten: Preschool Hearing Testing Program
433 Second Street, #104
Woodland, CA 95695
Please make checks or money orders payable to Hear! Here!