The National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness is now accepting applications for a new Community of Practice, peer-to-peer learning activity, to assist states and communities in improving the vision and eye health of children ages 5 years old and younger.


The Community of Practice, titled Better Vision Together, will support 5-10 state- and community-level teams who wish to improve vision and eye health in at-risk, minority, and vulnerable populations of young children ages 0 to 5 years old.  This Community of Practice will allow the teams to engage with their peers via regular communication, seek advice from experts, share resources and best practices, and identify solutions to shared issues that may include (but are not limited to) needed policy changes, evidence-based vision screening, improving access to eye care, parent/caregiver engagement, public awareness and education, and collection of vision data.

Five state/community teams selected for the Better Vision Together Community of Practice will receive an annual $10,000 stipend over the period of 3 years in return for providing process and outcomes measures data.  An additional 5 additional state/community teams will be selected to participate in the COP but will not receive stipends or be required to provide outcomes data. 

All state/community teams engaging in the Community of Practice will:

  • Engage with a community of like-minded learners from across the U.S.
  • Expand skills and expertise, enhance networking, and build innovative solutions.
  • Build a diverse, robust state/community team addressing vision health that includes parents/caregivers
  • Access national and regional experts on vision and eye health, data systems and parent/caregiver engagement
  • Access the NCCVEH and its support systems, resources and partners
  • Identify possible solutions to gaps in vision care and eye health for children
  • Elevate the role of vision health in parent/caregiver education

To be considered for participation in the Better Vision Together Community of Practice, applicants should have:

  • A team comprised of community- and/or state-level organizational representatives, families and caregivers, and professionals from diverse disciplines, geographic locations and ethnicities with influence in the vision care and eye health system.
  • Good working relationships with vision care professional organizations, public health, school nurses, Head Start and other early childhood education and care, parent advocacy groups, and more.
  • Experience working on vision and eye health issues in young children.
  • Ability to document gaps and need in the state for improving vision screening and eye care systems as evidenced by data and prior experience: low screening rates; gaps in follow-up eye care after a failed vision screening; lack of data sharing; and/or lack of surveillance.

The Better Vision Together Community of Practice application will be online here on Friday January 4, 2019.  Applications are due Monday, February 25, 2019.  Don’t miss out on this important learning opportunity! Learn more about children’s vision and eye health.


Watch the webinar video to learn more about the Better Vision Together program and application process

Grant Application

All teams interested in participating must submit applications by Monday, February 25, 2019, 6:00 pm EST, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MT, 3:00 pm PST.  Successful applicants will be notified on March 15, 2019. Project work will begin upon each team signs the Memorandum of Understanding with the NCCVEH.    

Better Vision Together Application Form

Better Vision Together Grant Guidance


About the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health

The mission of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH) is to improve the systems that address children’s vision and eye health. To accomplish this mission, the NCCVEH is developing a coordinated public health infrastructure to promote and ensure a comprehensive, multi-tiered continuum of vision care for young children. This coordinated approach to vision health for children leads to a uniform implementation of successful screening and eye health programs, increased follow-up to eye care and treatment, improved surveillance, and stakeholder engagement.

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For more information, please email Donna Fishman, Director, NCCVEH, at [email protected].