Welcome to the Office of Child Health & Wellness!
Our primary mission is to protect the health of your children by administering timely, recommended immunizations.
- Services are for children without health insurance coverage. Age appropriate immunizations and screenings for anemia and lead poisoning are provided to children aged 2 months to 6 years at no cost to the family. Children, grades K through 12, receive immunizations required to attend school.
- Appointments are available weekly at 2 different locations:
Gloucester County Department of Health, Offices @ East Holly
204 East Holly Avenue
Tuesdays, 8:30 AM - 3 PM
Thursdays, 8:30 AM - 12 PM
Gloucester County Department of Health, Offices @ Paulsboro Health Center
1000 Delaware Street
1st & 3rd Mondays
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
To make an appointment or for more information call the office for Child Health and Wellness at (856) 218-4127
What to Expect at Your Clinic Visit
Who can bring my child?
- Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (who must show proof of guardianship). If a parent or guardian cannot be present at the time of a scheduled visit, they must make arrangements ahead of time to ensure the process we require is complete by calling us at: 856-218-4127.
Do I need a shot record for my child?
- Documentation of all previous vaccinations must be presented upon initial visit. These can most often be obtained from previous healthcare providers, school records (dependent upon child’s age) or the NJ Immunization Information System (a shared website for healthcare providers to document immunizations). An immunization history is needed in order to determine what vaccines are needed at time of visit.
- Proof of immunization(s) given by the Health Dept. will be provided at time of visit.
- The Gloucester County Department of Health is a participant of the NJIIS; all immunizations given are updated in the NJ database where it can be easily accessed by other healthcare providers when needed.
Will there be any fees associated with my visit?
- There is no charge for your child’s visit.
What else do I need to know?
- Be prepared to answer questions regarding your child’s health and immunization history.
Child Development & Milestones¹
Every child grows and develops at his or her own pace. Still, child development tends to follow a fairly predictable path. Check out this child development chart for milestones from ages 2 to 5. If your child's development seems to be lagging behind in certain areas, share your concerns with your child's doctor.
|Age 2 ||Age 3 ||Age 4 ||Age 5 |
|Language Skills || || || |
|Speaks about 50 words ||Speaks 250 to 500 or more words ||Answers simple questions ||Understands rhyming |
|Links two words together ||Speaks in three-and four-word sentences ||Speaks in complete sentences ||Uses compound and complex sentences |
|Uses some adjectives (big, happy) ||Uses pronouns (I, you, we, they) and some plurals ||Uses prepositions (under, beside, in front) ||Uses future tense |
|Speaks clearly enough for parents to understand some of the words ||States first name ||Speaks clearly enough for strangers to understand ||States full name and address |
|Social Skills || || || |
|Becomes aware of his or her identity as a separate individual ||Imitates parents and playmates ||Cooperates with playmates ||Wants to be like friends |
|May become defiant ||Takes turns ||Tries to solve problems ||Follows rules |
|Becomes interested in playing with other children ||Expresses affection openly ||May have a best friend ||Understands gender |
|Separation anxiety begins to fade ||Easily separates from parents ||Becomes more independent ||Wants to do things alone |
|Cognitive Skills || || || |
|Begins to play make-believe ||Asks "why" questions ||Becomes involved in more complex imaginary play ||Uses imagination to create stories |
|Begins to sort objects by shape and color ||Correctly names some colors ||Prints some capital letters ||Correctly counts 10 or more objects |
|Scribbles ||Copies a circle ||Draws a person with two to four body parts ||Copies a triangle and other geometric patterns |
|Finds hidden objects ||Understands the concepts of same and different ||Understands the concepts of morning, afternoon and night ||Understands the concepts of time and sequential order |
|Physical Skills || || || |
|Walks alone and stands on tiptoe ||Walks up and down stairs, alternating feet ||Stands on one foot for at least five seconds ||Stands on one foot for at least 10 seconds |
|Climbs on furniture and begins to run ||Kicks, climbs, runs and pedals a tricycle ||Throws ball overhand, kicks ball forward and catches bounced ball most of the time ||Hops, swings and somersaults |
|Builds a tower of six or more blocks ||Builds a tower of nine or more blocks ||Dresses and undresses ||May learn to ride a bike and swim |
|Empties objects from a container ||Manipulates small objects and turns book pages one at a time ||Uses scissors ||Brushes own teeth and cares for other personal needs |
¹Mayo Clinic “Child development chart: Preschool milestones” Mayo Clinic Child Development
Other milestones can be found for infants at the CDC’s Parenting Center at http://www.cdc.gov/parents/infants/milestones.html
- The Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative conducts the Early Intervention Program for families of children with developmental delays. For more information on Early Intervention or to learn more about other programs offered for pregnant women and families go to their website http://www.snjpc.org/ or call (856) 665-6000
- Acenda Integrated Health offers a wide variety of services to young women and families. For more information go to their website https://acendahealth.org/ or call: 844-4-ACENDA
Collection of vaccination resources for parents to make informed decisions about vaccinating your child
Fact sheets for all vaccines in multiple languages
Health and safety tips for the whole family
NJDOH Vaccine Preventable Disease Program
Parenting resources and healthful tips for parents
Teen Pregnancy Prevention:
Updated Vaccine Schedules
Lead and Your Child
All children are at risk for lead poisoning
Gloucester County Department of Health offers free blood lead testing for any child age 1-6 years.
Call 856-218-4127 to make an appointment
Our offices are located at 204 East Holly Ave. Sewell, NJ 08080
What is lead poisoning?
- A serious but preventable health problem
- Lead is easily absorbed into the body
- Children under the age of 6 and pregnant women are at greatest risk
- Even children who seem healthy may have high levels of lead in their blood
Why is lead harmful?
- Lead can harm your child’s growing brain and nervous system.
- Lead may cause learning and behavior problems.
- The longer your child is exposed to lead, the more damage it can cause.
Where does lead come from?
- Lead is a heavy metal that is found naturally in our earth.
- The most common source of lead is old paint and leaded dust and soil. Houses built before 1978 may contain lead paint.
- Lead in house dust and soil is a major source of exposure for children because it gets on their hands, toys and pacifiers.
- Lead dust is produced from lead paint as the paint gets older or damaged
How do children get lead poisoning?
- Children mainly get lead from ingestion.
- Hand to mouth activity
- Paint dust, paint chips, contaminated soil
- Occasionally toys that come from foreign countries
The Gloucester County Health Department has the equipment to test consumer products that may contain lead such as toys pottery, jewelry and makeup. Residents can call our office to schedule a drop off time for the items they would like tested for lead. For more information click here
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Who should be tested for lead poisoning?
- All children should be tested at both 12 and 24 months of age.
- Any child 25 to 72 months (less than 6 years) who has never been tested previously.
- Any child up to 72 months of age who has been exposed to a known or a suspected source of lead.
- Risk Factors Include:
- Lives in or regularly visits a house or daycare built before 1978
- Lives with or frequently visits an adult whose job or hobby involves lead (painters, home improvement workers, fishermen, etc.)
- If another child in the home tests positive for lead
Childhood Lead Testing Information
NJ Department of Health Childhood Lead Testing Information - Click Here
Gloucester County Childhood Lead Prevention Subcommittee
Gloucester County Department of Health participates on the Gloucester County Childhood Lead Prevention Subcommittee (CLEP). The goal of the Gloucester County CLEP Subcommittee is to organize key representatives from the county's healthcare, social service and public health community to develop a plan of action to address Gloucester County's low blood lead screening rates.
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Protect your child from lead exposure. Know the sources of lead contamination. Click here to visit New Jersey Department of Health Childhood Lead Resources.
Important Lead Resources for the Public
Important Lead Resources for contractors and homeowners:
NJDCA 10 Day Notification
Certified Lead Abatement Contractors
Certified Lead Evaluation Contractors/Clearance Techs
Lead Paint Disposal-NJDEP
NJAC 5:17-Lead Eval. & Abatement Code
NJAC 8:51-Childhood EBL Levels