ChildSight® New Jersey screened 12,264 students in Newark, Jersey City, Irvington, Orange, East Orange, Passaic, Perth Amboy and Plainfield public schools in the 2011-2012 academic year. Of these, 2,592 students received free corrective eyeglasses from the program. In addition to the public schools, ChildSight® New Jersey continues to serve children within selected Newark charter schools where a significant percentage of students exhibit economic need and limited access to basic vision care services.
Since 2001, ChildSight® has referred students with more serious eye health issues to The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Recently, we expanded our list of referral providers by developing a partnership with the Clara Maass Children’s Eye Care Center of New Jersey. Our partnerships are the cornerstone to our success as a program.
With clear vision, New Jersey students gain a fundamental tool to help them focus in the classroom and set their sights on future success. The following comments highlight the impact of the program:
“The students were really excited to get their glasses and show them off!!! Many kids were able to work more independently in class because of better vision.”
--Ms. Kadowaki, Science Teacher, Rise Academy
“Two specific students who received glasses seem to make less mistakes. They also feel more confident and participate more in class. Their grades have improved with their eyesight”.
--Mr. Conte, 5th grade teacher, Ridge Street School
“I believe that this is a good program. Many of my parents can not afford to buy glasses for their children. This program allows children to receive the glasses they need to see & then they do not have problems seeing the board in my class”.
–Ms. Pinho, 8th grade teacher, Oliver Street School
Please click here for a detailed description (PDF) of the New Jersey program.