Health and wellness are fundamental to a child’s development and readiness to learn, as
students who are healthy experience increased test scores, higher rates of engagement and
better attendance. For children living at or below the poverty line, poor nutrition, lack of
prevention activities and limited access to primary care can lead to health conditions that
not only impact learning but have lifelong effects.
The Little Bit Foundation and Institute for Family Medicine have teamed up to create
Healthy Kids, Better Learners, which provides general health screenings and education on
proper hygiene to students in Little Bit sponsored schools. By providing early detection and
prevention services, the Healthy Kids, Better Learners program helps remove barriers to
education, creating a positive, healthy environment for children to learn.
Program goals include:
- Identifying conditions that require further medical or dental attention and ensuring necessary follow-up
- Offering instruction in health and hygiene that may lead to lasting changes
- Equipping children with essential dental and hygiene items
- Observing students for other basic needs