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Benton-Franklin Head Start Hosts Child Health Class


KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Benton-Franklin Head Start will be hosting a "What to do When Your Child is Sick" class for the first time this Friday.

Organizers are expecting about 250 low income parents to participate. The class is based on information in a book written by two certified nurses. Organizers say parents often make unnecessary trips to the emergeny room, costing the parents, the hospital, and the state money.

"A lot of our families are going to the emergency rooms instead of looking at home to see what they can do first", says Letty Perez, site supervisor at The Children's Center in Richland. "So children are missing school and parents are missing work".

Perez says, after taking the class, the number of times the participating families visit the emergency room drops by 47 percent.