Growth & Development Study

The Cascade City-County Health Department, in partnership with the Great Falls Public School District and the University of New Mexico, is thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for parents of first graders enrolled in fifteen elementary and two parochial schools in the Great Falls area.

Phil May, Ph.D., Research Professor at the Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill, will be in Great Falls with his team of experts who will be conducting growth and development studies from May 8th to May 10th in local schools.

“The information from the study will help parents, teachers and communities ensure that children are getting a school experience that is as productive and beneficial as possible,” states Rosemary Bozeman, RN, BSN at CCHD. She goes on to add, “This is a tremendous opportunity for our community, and we are very excited to be a part of it. ”

The specialized testing process for these first graders is pretty short and usually only lasts 5 to 10 minutes during school hours. “Most of the kids love it and are eager to be a part of the process,” says Bozeman.

In addition to the child enjoying the opportunity, there are monetary incentives for participating, and parents or guardians will receive an individual report developed by the physicians and the school psychologists on each child’s growth and development. This information can potentially make a difference in the child’s life by recognizing strengths and opportunities for developmental intervention. Usually, opportunities to pair children with the correct resources may not occur until the third or fourth grade, but this testing comes as an early stage in the child’s learning years when the positive impact can be even greater.

Consent forms were sent home for parents or guardians to sign, granting permission for their child to participate. If children do not have these signed forms, they will not be able to take part in the testing and will miss an opportunity to gather information the could positively impact the child and the community.

For more information on this growth and development study please call Rosemary Bozeman, RN at 761-9889.