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New families to receive materials aimed at helping identify developmental delays


ANCHORAGE — Beginning this week, the State of Alaska Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health is mailing 22,000 packets to families statewide. The packets contain materials to help families identify developmental milestones in children up to age 5. The section’s program for children with special needs has worked closely with the Office of Children’s Services’ Infant Learning Program to develop this outreach.

“Parents can use the materials to track their child’s developmental progress,” said campaign coordinator Jimael Johnson. The materials identify early childhood development that is not only physical, but social and emotional as well.  “If their child seems to be falling behind schedule in areas such as making eye contact, playing, feeding, or language development, parents should contact their family health care provider or the Infant Learning Program.”

Any parent who would like a copy of the packet is encouraged to contact Jimael Johnson at 269-3400, or (800) 799-7570 if calling from outside Anchorage.

More information on the Infant Learning Program is available at: http://www.earlyintervention.alaska.gov/, or on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/alaskailp?v=wall.

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