The Topeka Rescue Mission is partnering with the Baker nursing program at Stormont Vail to provide developmental assessments of the children, all of whom are homeless or formerly homeless.
"Developing appropriately gets them ready for kindergarten, making sure that they can interact with kids their same age," said Lynn Fergola, APRN, with Stormont Vail Pediatrics who oversees the students as a clinical adjunct with the Baker program. "A lot of the kids here, because of their background, don't have the resources that some other kids in the community might have. They tend to all further behind in school because they can't keep up."
Fergola said the students use what is called the Denver Assessment to evaluate the children in four developmental areas: social contact, fine motor skill, language and gross motor skill.