Free Kid Zone set for Saturday

LIHUE — Kauai families with children ready to enter kindergarten can enjoy free activities with early childhood screenings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the King Kaumualii Elementary School in Hanamaulu.

The event will feature developmental, hearing and vision screenings for children ages 2 through 5 years old, early childhood health and development training for parents, and connection to the Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii.

Michael Moore, executive director of LDAH, said about 60 percent of Hawaii’s children in the 2- through 5-year-old age bracket are not likely to receive timely early childhood screenings.

“If unscreened, approximately one in four children with a potential problem in the areas of development, hearing or vision will remain undetected and untreated,” Moore said.

The free Traveling Mini-Conference Kid Zone is an opportunity for families to learn more about the resources and services available to help their children.

The G.N. Wilcox Trust funds the early childhood screenings and parent training activities. The Traveling Mini-Conference is funded by the Hawaiian Electric Company.

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