Oral Health Education for Head Start and Elementary School Children
This is a school-based oral health education program using the "Kids Smiles" curriculum and education kits. In partnership with local nursing programs, free oral health education is provided to children in Head Start and elementary schools in Greene County, Head Start programs in Fayette County and Elementary and Head Start programs in Washington County.
Student nurses distribute toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to children and instruct them in their proper use. Additional oral health education items (oral health game boards, educational DVDs, etc.) are distributed to teachers as funding permits.
Student nurses also deliver pre and post tests to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Classroom teacher and school principals are asked to complete an evaluation form of the quality and delivery of the program.