Children & School Services

Nurses provide basic care and case management at all New Hanover County schools. Mental health services by referral are available at select schools for moderate to severe behavioral and emotional problems. Please call your child’s school for your school nurse’s contact information or with questions regarding your child’s medical needs while attending school.

Our Mobile Dental Unit offers services including oral exams, cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, X-rays, fillings and extractions to children ages 3 to 18 without accessible or established dental care or insurance.

WIC is a supplemental nutritional program for women, infants and children  up to 5 years of age who meet health and socio-economic eligibility requirements.  WIC provides healthy food including  milk, eggs, juice , fruits and vegetables, as well as nutritional information and breastfeeding promotion and support.

The Safe Kids Cape Fear Buckle Up Program aims to educate and instruct families on the proper use and installation of child restraints through Permanent Checking Stations and the Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program.

Permanent Checking Stations: New Hanover County Health Department is one of several Permanent Checking Stations in the area where parents/caregivers can receive information about child passenger safety from nationally certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians and have their child restraints and seat belts checked for proper use and installation.

Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please contact Julia Phelps at or 910-798-6636. We encourage you to bring your child so we can appropriately fit the child in the seat. To locate all other North Carolina Permanent Checking Stations, visit

Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program: This program offers motorists who have received a citation for a child restraint violation to have the citation dismissed if the driver attends an educational session with a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician where the motorist is taught about child passenger safety and how to install the child seat properly.

The motorist that received the violations must be who schedules and attends the appointment. They must also bring the child, a child seat, a vehicle, driver’s license or identification, and the citation to the appointment. The technician issues a certificate for the driver to present to the District Attorney’s Office on his or her court date for dismissal of the citation and a waving of fines. This is a one-time opportunity for the driver.

Appointments are required. Please schedule appointments well in advance of your court date. To schedule an appointment with a technician designated to assist with the Diversion Program, please contact Julia Phelps at or 910-798-6636.

For additional information on child passenger safety, please visit:


Health: 2029 S. 17th Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6500 • Fax 910-341-4146 • Medical Records Fax 910-772-7805
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815