Components of the Small Steps for Big Vision will include:
- Staff training materials and methods: Background information on children’s vision and eye health; vision screening milestones from birth to the 1st birthday; techniques and tips for delivering the parent meeting presentation; other tips and strategies for Early/Head Start (e.g., methods for inviting parents to the presentation, educating parents during a home visit about their child’s vision and eye health, encouraging parents to make an eye care appointment, and how to build partnerships with eye care providers). Written resources: Where to find vision care providers in their area, paying for eye examinations and prescription glasses, etc.
- Communication messages and methods for parent leaders and parent participants: Reminders to parents/caregivers to schedule the eye examination appointment (social media messages, text, and email reminders), encouraging local eye care providers to send eye examination reminder texts, emails, and postcards.
- Presentations and resources for parents/caregivers: 60- to 90-minute parent meeting materials, including a 15-minute slide presentation and experiential education (activities for parents) and resource sheets (e.g., how to find an eye care provider and links for getting vouchers for the eye examination and prescription glasses).
- Experiential Education Guide: Activities (e.g., wrap plastic wrap over the eyes and try to play catch, find your child’s name in the classroom, and planning a field trip to a vision care provider).