ERIC Number: ED053860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Abre La Boca: A Component of the California Plan for the Education of Migrant Children.
A 1969 summer program under the Region III Migrant Education Project in Merced County, California, brought dental services to migrant children in the northern San Joaquin Valley. The goal was to screen and test as many children of migratory agricultural workers as possible in a set span of time. The University of California School of Dentistry was contracted to set up mobile dental clinics which were manned by seniors in dentistry, dental hygiene, and pharmacy with on-site supervision by School of Dentistry professors. Over 1200 children received dental examinations and/or treatment during the 12-week program. Aside from dental hygiene instruction, most of the work was emergency care where extraction was needed or serious cavities in permanent or deciduous teeth were found. Expectations for this program in future years include repairing all cavities and doing essentially preventive work. (JH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Programs for the Disadvantaged.
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Bureau of Community Services and Migrant Education.