Dental disease, the most common chronic childhood disease, contributes to school absenteeism, difficulty learning, and diminished nutritional status, self-esteem and overall wellbeing. The kindergarten dental checkup law (AB 1433), enacted in 2006, helps identify children with unmet oral health needs and provides schools with essential information to ensure their students are healthy and ready to learn. Participating schools distribute oral health education materials and the assessment form/waiver to parents who are registering their child in public school for the first time, in either kindergarten or first grade. Schools collect forms by May 31 of each school year and report collected data by July 1 of that calendar year. You can learn more about AB 1433 and about the free online System for California Oral Health Reporting (SCOHR) on our Kindergarten Oral Health page.
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