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Program Highlights to Help Balance Home, Work, and Life

Program Highlights to Help Balance Home, Work, and Life

Informational Resources

Network Child Care Centers

Vision Screening

Vision screening for kindergarteners and first graders is like taking a quiz. Symbols or letters are shown to the child, and the child is asked to identify them or show which way they point. For pre-kindergarteners, they use a machine that uses light to measure the child's eyes. This type of screening is very quick and does not require the child to pay attention for long. They do not touch the child's eyes during either kind of screening.


Why is Vision Screening Important?

  • When vision problems are not found and treated, a child's ability to learn and to participate in usual human activities may suffer.
  • Many children's vision problems may not be obvious to the child or to the parent, but the parent can look for signs of vision problems. See below for signs of possible vision problems.
  • The most common vision problems among young schoolchildren are astigmatism, myopia and hyperopia. All three can be corrected by wearing glasses.
  • A small number of children suffer from a condition called amblyopia, a vision problem that can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.


Signs of Possible Vision Problems

Young children do not know when they have vision problems. They think that what they see is what everyone else sees. Some clues that a parent may recognize in a child who is having possible vision problems include:

  • sitting very close to the TV
  • getting headaches or tired eyes
  • avoiding activities for no explained reason
  • rubbing their eyes often
  • squinting or tilting their head to see
  • disliking bright light

If parents notice any of these signs, the best thing to do is to take their child to an eye doctor. Children who wear eyeglasses should see their doctor at least once a year. Parents must encourage their children to wear their glasses. A child's vision can be improved greatly if the child wears glasses as directed by the eye doctor.

Information source: NYC Department of Health

For more information on the Network Child Care Centers, go to: Network Child Care Center


Pre-Retirement Planning – Social Security

Can I start collecting Social Security before I reach my full retirement age?

You may start receiving Social Security benefits as early as age 62. Your benefit is reduced if you start early by about one-half of one percent for each month you start receiving benefits before your full retirement age. For example, if your full retirement age is 66 and two months, and you sign up for Social Security when you’re 62, you would only get 74.2 percent of your full benefit.

You can speak to a representative from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on business days, or in person by appointment. Call (800) 772-1213 (voice) or (800) 325-0778 (TTY) or check Social Security for the location of the office nearest you.

For more Pre-Retirement Planning information, go to: Pre-Retirement Planning


EAP: Opioid Addiction and Family Support

Prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction are still a significant societal problem.  Being a family member of someone who is addicted to heroin or prescription medication can be very stressful. The nature of their addiction is such that they often engage in lying, stealing, and becoming almost unrecognizable from the person you once knew. Here are some tips on what you can do as a family member:

  • Educate yourself on addiction and the recovery process for opioid addiction.
  • Do your best to keep open lines of communication with your loved one by listening, being non-judgmental, and setting clear boundaries.  
  • Seek professional help from a specialist in addiction.
  • Attend support groups to remind you that you are not alone.
  • Take care of yourself by receiving emotional support from family and friends, getting proper sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

Search for a treatment provider in your area NYS Treatment Directory.

For additional information, assessment and referral services for addiction services or other issues, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator Listing.


Welcome to the Family Packet

Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to: [email protected].

"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – author unknown