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Healthy Start Screenings

Early Screenings are proven to support a child’s future success in school and life!

Why screen your child early?

  • To find out how your child is growing and developing.
  • To connect parent and child with school and community resources.
  • To answer any parenting questions/concerns your child may have.
  • The earlier a delay is recognized,the more you can do to help your child reach their full potential.
  • A child’s brain is 90% developed by age five.
  • Screenings identify children who may need further assessment or evaluation.

Professional Standards of Practice are used to observe a child’s development in the following areas:

  • Speech and Language
  • Fine and Gross Motor
  • Social and Emotional
  • Cognition
  • Self-help
  • Vision and Hearing

Pocono Alliance is now offering Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) Developmental Screenings through the PoconoInfo Helpline

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  • PEDS screenings help parents evaluate their levels of concern regarding their child’s development. If any concerns are addressed, the Care Coordinator will provide referrals to local agencies that can help them look into their child’s developmental further and follow up with parents to see if their child is finding the services that they need.

  • PEDS screenings are available over the phone (Monday-Thursday 8:30am-3:00pm) by contacting PoconoInfo at 570-517-3954


 Testimony from a parent of a child screened through Healthy Start Screenings program:

“I can see!” said Bianca, age 4, when she received her new glasses. 

“Pocono Alliance changed my daughter’s life by providing a free vision screening through their Healthy Start Early Childhood Screening Program. I was not aware that my daughter was having problems with her vision and was quite shocked when I received the alarming results.  I made an appointment with an optometrist who diagnosed her with astigmatism.  Prior to receiving her glasses she was not coloring in the lines and could not write her name, but within 2 weeks of wearing her glasses she can now do both. Our family has benefited immensely from this early intervention and I am thrilled to say that Bianca loves her glasses and is doing well in school.”

-Tina Deller, Bianca’s mother


More Information on the Healthy Start Early Childhood Screening program: