Welcome to Fair Start

The Years Before Five Last the Rest of Their Lives

imageAt Fair Start, we help families throughout the Thunder Bay area by providing free developmental screening for children 18 months - school age.

Fair Start Screening helps parents and caregivers have a quick look at their child's overall development in the areas of:

Speech and Language Development
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Social Development and Self-help Skills

Research shows that over 75% of a child's brain actually develops after his/her birth, and with most taking place in the first five years of life. These years are most critical in shaping each child's ability to think, love, trust, and build a strong and positive sense of themselves. 

Fair Start is for every child from 18 months to Kindergarten entry. 

We invite you to browse our Website and learn more about our services.

 In 2017, Fair Start is celebrating 20 years of developmental screening! See our 20th Anniversary page for more information.

Fair Start, Thunder Bay

What? Why? When? How?
  • FAIR START screens children as young as 18 months
  • FAIR START promotes healthy child development
  • FAIR START screens for speech and language, fine and gross motor skills and social development.
  • All services are provided free of charge
  • All children should have their eyes examined by an optometrist by age of three.
  • Children born in Ontario have their hearing screened at birth.
  • More than 75% of the brain develops after birth (most of it before the age of five)
  • The earlier a problem can be identified, the better the chances for a successful outcome.
  • Screening does not label a child or provide an in-depth assessment. It merely identifies possible concerns in areas of development.
  • It's never too early to have a child screened.
  • Free screenings are available on a drop-in basis from the age of 18 months to school age.
  • FAIR START screening is also a part of registration for Kindergarten in all schools in Thunder Bay.
  • Early Years screenings (18 months to school age) are offered on a regular basis in various locations in the community.
  • Kindergarten Screening is done by means of a Kindergarten Screening Booklet which parents are given when their child registers for school.
  • Call 625-8817 for more information on FAIR START Screenings.
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