Our Children’s Vision Screening Certification Program provides comprehensive training on the latest evidence-based children’s vision screening techniques and how to set up a successful vision screening program that will ensure children in your care receive the vision services they need.

Thanks so much for the class yesterday. Everyone raved about it and said you were wonderful – plus, they learned a lot. I know I learned a lot too. Please let your organization know that we really appreciate this service and it has helped us keep abreast of the most up-to-date testing we should be doing for vision screening with school age children. I look forward to having you visit us again when we have a new group of trainees for our Charter Mandate Vision Screening teams.”

-Deb Velasco, Director, PRN Nursing Consultants


Upon Completion of PBNC’s Children’s Vision Screening Certification, you and your staff will be able to:

  • Conduct Valid Chart Based Vision Screenings on Children
  • Recognize signs of Common Childhood Vision Disorders
  • Explain the connections between children’s vision health and school readiness
  • Create and/or implement appropriate referral and follow up procedures for your program

Who Will Benefit from Children’s Vision Screening Certification?

Any professional who is responsible for the vision health of the children in their care. PBNC serves agencies throughout the entire state of CA from San Diego up to the Oregon border, including:

Head Start Agency Employees

California Public School Nurses

Independent Pediatric Optometrist/Ophthalmologist Staff

CHDP Medical Providers and Provider Staff

If you are a Large Health Organization, we would love to partner with you! Please contact us at anakayoshi@eyeinfo.org for more information

Types of Children’s Vision Screening Trainings available:

Agency Hosted Training

Children’s Vision Screening Training and Certification class hosted at your agency, provided by certified PBNC Training Staff

— PBNC Staff will come out to your agency to provide training

— Participants will be certified for 3 years with option to recertify online

PBNC Hosted Training

Children’s Vision Screening Training and Certification classes hosted at PBNC offices in San Francisco on a recurring basis.

Perfect for those agencies that are looking for:

— Opportunities to have all staff trained, but not all staff out of the office on the same day

— Trainings located in the Bay Area

— Small agencies with less then 5 staff needing training in any one course

— Perfect for when staff training is needed quickly. In office trainings are scheduled regularly and don’t require waiting

Online Recertification

For those health professionals who have been previously certified through Prevent Blindness
Provides treats for 20 children after their eye exam on the Eye Bus

— 1 hour or less to complete— Certificate of Completion provided

— Certification is valid for 1 year

Head Start Annual Membership Package

A one year long partnership to ensure your agency receives ongoing children’s vision care support, services and resources from PBNC.

Perfect for those Head Start agencies that are looking for:

— Up to 3 Trainings spread out throughout the year, customized to fit the unique needs of your agency, located at your agency

— 3 year Certification for up to 45 people including new hires

— Free children’s vision screening equipment kits

— Free Re-certification for participants

— And many other benefits!

seth schalet, CEO

Seth M. Schalet

CEO of Prevent Blindness Northern California

Seth is the Chief Executive Officer of Prevent Blindness Northern California (PBNC), joining in 2015 and brinings 30 years of leadership in both for profit and nonprofit sectors. In this role Seth leads operations, finance, marketing, programs, development (fundraising), community outreach, board and volunteer engagement programs.
Previously, he served as the Executive Director with the Pacific Art League, an arts education organization in Palo Alto -See Full Bio


April Nakayoshi, MPH, CHES

Vice President, Programs and Evaluation

April joined Prevent Blindness Northern California in 2001 and became Program Director in 2008. Prior to joining PBNC, she worked in international trade. She has a BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley, a Masters in Public Health from Walden University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Past Participants

Prevent Blindness Northern California is privileged to have provided comprehensive Children’s Vision Screening Training to our clients throughout California. We welcome new partnerships with any organizations that are interested in ensuring the children in their care receive the highest quality vision screening services.

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