Working to minimize the
effects of lead
Every year in Erie County, thousands of children under the age of six are diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels. Thousands more are exposed to lead hazards in their homes. Children affected by lead toxins are at greater risk of:
Lower IQ scores and
Speech and hearing difficulties
Attention problems and behavior issues
Lead poisoning is 100% preventable. However, in children who are affected, the damage can be permanent and devastating. LEAD716 is working to mitigate these negative effects on a child’s cognitive ability, during a critical time in brain development.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Research demonstrates that children with developmental delays or at high risk for developmental delays benefit most from interventions that start at an early age.” The CDC also states, “No safe blood lead level in children has been identified.”
LEAD716 is a free program aimed to provide critically-needed early academic intervention to preschool children in Western New York diagnosed with elevated lead levels in their blood.
LEAD716 mentoring focuses on early literacy skill development and helps ensure the children are prepared for success in kindergarten and beyond.
For more information, or to enroll your child in the free LEAD716 program, click on the button below to fill out and submit an enrollment request.
homes in the U.S. expose kids to lead
children in U.S. ages 1 to 5
have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health
of lead cases are preventable
U.S. homes have deteriorated
lead-based paint and contaminated
Here are just a few tips you can try at home to help prevent lead poisoning:
in the house to prevent bringing lead-contaminated soil in from outside.
children’s hands and toys
and children should not be in a home built before 1978 that is undergoing renovation.
from playing in dirt outdoors; if possible, provide them with sandboxes.
or local health department about testing paint and dust from your home for lead.
between living/play areas and lead sources.