New Jersey Senate Passes Bill Requiring Eye Exams for All Children Before Kindergarten
Today the New Jersey Senate passed with a vote of 37-0 SB 2804 a bill directing the State Board of Education to require children aged 6 and under who are entering public schools or Head Start Programs for the first time, to have a comprehensive eye examination completed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist by January 1 of their initial year of enrollment. The bill was sponsored by Senators Teresa Ruiz and Shirley Turner and co-sponsored by Senators Patrick Diegnan and Troy Singleton.
“We’re grateful for the New Jersey Senate’s commitment to the future of our students by advocating for their vision right from the start,” said Kristan Gross, Global Executive Director of the Vision Impact Institute. “Their foresight is a vote for the future of these young people, and we look forward to the next steps and final passage of the legislation.”
The bill was introduced by Kids See: Success, a Vision Impact Institute and Optometry Giving Sight Partnership