KidCheck is a department of Sight Savers America providing annual comprehensive health screenings for K-12 children in participating Alabama school systems. Sight Savers coordinates all necessary follow-up for children failing KidCheck vision screenings. Currently, school nurses coordinate the other necessary follow-up for children.

For some children in underserved areas of our state, KidCheck may be the only health screening they receive.  Through KidCheck, partnerships are built between interested school systems and two and four year college nursing schools in Alabama.  College nursing students provide the health screenings to school children creating a win/win situation for our college nursing students and the children of Alabama.

KidCheck was created in 2008 by Governor Bob Riley’s Alabama Rural Action Commission as an expansion of the successful school-based health screening programs in Bibb and Blount Counties. KidCheck moved from state government to Sight Savers on February 11, 2011 through a recommendation of Governor Robert Bentley’s Alabama Rural Development Office. The KidCheck State Steering Committee voted unanimously to support the move to Sight Savers. Read the press release.

KidCheck is open to any interested school system in Alabama with a focus being on underserved areas of rural and urban Alabama.  For more information about KidCheck, please contact Laurie Stewart, at lstewart@sightsaversamerica.org.