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.

Safe Kids Cape Fear Child Passenger Safety 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. You can participate today in an online child passenger safety class designed for parents, caregivers and community partners to take on their own. The class is taught by a Child Passenger Safety Technician and covers every car seat stage as your child graduates from a rear-facing seat to when they can wear an adult seat belt.

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 at this location. To schedule an appointment, please contact Julia Phelps at jphelps@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6636. 

To locate all other North Carolina Permanent Checking Stations, visit www.buckleupnc.org.

 

—  Guided Car Seat Installation Videos — 

How to Install a Rear-facing Car Seat:

How to Install a Forward-facing Car Seat:

How to Install a Booster Seat:

For additional information on child passenger safety, please visit:

    

 

Child Passenger Safety Diversion Program: This is an educational program offered to drivers who have received a ticket for not having a child properly restrained in their motor vehicle.

Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please contact Julia Phelps at jphelps@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6636. 

To be eligible for citation dismissal, the driver will attend the class where they will receive  one-on-one education from a nationally certified technician and more about North Carolina child passenger safety law.

The driver that received the citation must be who schedules and attends the class prior to court date.

One the day of the appointment please bring:

  • The child and the appropriate car seat for the child 
  • Citation
  • Drivers License

After class, the technician issues a certificate for the driver to present to the District Attorney’s Office on the court date for dismissal of the citation and a waving of fines. This is a one-time opportunity for the driver.

For questions regarding the Diversion Program, please contact Julia Phelps at jphelps@nhcgov.com or 910-798-6636.

Car Seat Distribution Program 

The primary goal of this program is to educate and instruct families on the proper use/installation of child restraints. This is not an emergency resource.

To be eligible, guardian must be currently enrolled in Care Coordination for Children (CC4C), Pregnancy Care Management (PCM), or WIC program(s).

  • CC4C, PCM or WIC program will need to complete and submit a referral on behalf of the client.
  • Guardian will be contacted after referral is received to schedule an appointment for educational installation.
  • Guardian must have full custody of child. *Foster parents or other family members are not eligible.

During the appointment:

  • Guardian will receive hands on education to ensure the car seat is appropriate for the child and properly installed in the vehicle.
  • Guardian must provide a vehicle for educational installation.
  • Child receiving the seat must attend appointment. Unborn children are the exception.
  • If the current car seat at appointment is expired, defective, has been involved in an accident, the child restraint will not be given back to the family due to safety reasons.
Health: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7834 • Human Services Fax 910-798-7824
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815