Year of Children’s Vision Program Partners and Supporters
About Prevent Blindness
At Prevent Blindness, our vision is vision – a vision that all children are afforded the benefits of sight as they grow and learn; a vision that all adults are educated about proper eye health care and have access to that same care; a vision that necessary attention is provided to issues surrounding the aging eye; and a vision that no one needlessly loses his or her sight due to unsafe practices.
Prevent Blindness is the nation’s leading eye health and safety organization dedicated to preventing blindness and preserving sight across all age spectrums and multiple eye conditions. We focus on improving the nation’s vision and eye health by educating the American public on the importance of taking care of their eyes and vision, by promoting advances in public health systems of care that support eye health needs, and by advocating for public policy that emphasizes early detection and access to appropriate eye care.
Whether it is working to prevent potentially blinding eye injuries or sight-threatening conditions in young children or older adults – Prevent Blindness and our partners are here – promoting eye health, safety, early detection, and treatment.
About the National Head Start Association (NHSA)
Our mission is to coalesce, inspire and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education.
The National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities.
NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure all at-risk children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community. NHSA offers an impressive portfolio of professional development services and programs for the entire early childhood community. These include the annual National Head Start Conference, the largest national event devoted to the Early Head Start and Head Start community, and the National Parent Conference, the only national event devoted to parents and families.
About the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) is the largest association of eye physicians and surgeons dedicated to promoting the highest quality medical and surgical eye care worldwide for children and for adults with strabismus. AAPOS’s goals are to advance the quality of children’s eye care, support the training of pediatric ophthalmologists, support research activities in pediatric ophthalmology, and advance the care of adults with strabismus. AAPOS establishes practice guidelines for pediatric ophthalmology at the highest level of competence and ethics, and fosters concepts that benefit children’s eye health through preventive as well as remedial activities. Children deserve eye care that is evidence-based, and the adults who care for children need the 1 necessary information to make informed choices about their care. AAPOS collaborates with groups interested in improving the quality of care that our patients receive.
About SchoolHealth and Good-Lite, Inc.
The Good-Lite Company has manufactured and sold evidence-based eye charts, illuminated cabinets, and other vision screening and testing tools nationally and internationally for 83 years. Good-Lite’s commitment to quality is only surpassed by its commitment to customer service. School Health Corporation is a family-owned company that has served the school nurse and early education community for more than 60 years. School Health prides itself on being a respected name in health supplies for schools and athletic associations, and most recently in special education through the acquisition of EnableMart, the #1 source for assistive technology.
Good-Lite and School Health Corporation have worked with Head Start personnel for many years to help ensure front-line screeners have the knowledge and evidence-based tools and methods for conducting appropriate vision screening. Both are honored to collaborate with the National Head Start Association, the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health, and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus to further this work through the Year of Children’s Vision.
Program support provided by:
The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) is an internationalorganization of more than more than 7,000 optometrists and vision scientists dedicated to promoting the art and science of vision care through lifelong learning. The AAO supports excellence in optometric practice through the dissemination of research and by providing clinical education programs. The AAO also credentials optometrists and vision scientists through its fellowship and Diplomate programs.
Members of the Binocular Vision, Perception, and Pediatric Optometry (BVPPO) Section of the AAO are committed to fostering and conducting clinical, educational, and research activities in binocular vision, visual information processing, and pediatric eye care. A Section goal is to serve as a public resource regarding new clinical developments and research in pediatric eye care. The BVVPO Section is pleased to collaborate with other organizations that share its commitment to improving the quality and delivery of eye care services to children.
Financial support provided by:
CVS Caremark Corporation is dedicated to helping people on their path to better health as the largest integrated pharmacy company in the United States. Through the company's more than 7,600 CVS/pharmacy stores; its leading pharmacy benefit manager serving more than 60 million plan members; and its retail health clinic system – the largest in the nation with more than 750 MinuteClinic locations – CVS Caremark is a market leader in mail order, retail and specialty pharmacy, retail clinics, and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans. As a pharmacy innovation company with an unmatched breadth of capabilities, CVS Caremark continually strives to improve health and lower costs by developing new approaches such as its unique Pharmacy Advisor program that helps people with chronic diseases such as diabetes obtain and stay on their medications.
The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation
The Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation is an independent foundation focusing their grants on art, education, health care, and youth development nationally with a focus in Minnesota and Wisconsin.