Welcome To Kids Creek
Seated L to R: Michael Eldredge, MD; Cathy Carter, CPNP; Karen Wagner, CPNP
Standing L to R: Cynthia Smith, MD; James Robertson MD; Tina Smith, MD
Kids Creek Children's Clinic has been serving the families of the Grand Traverse region since 1961. Though the faces have changed over the years, our mission has remained the same. Simply put, we care for our community's healthcare needs one child at a time.
At Kids Creek Children's Clinic, we are proud to offer comprehensive health care that centers on a child’s physical, emotional, and developmental well being. Our compassionate and experienced providers are all Board Certified in the specialty of Pediatrics and serve patients from infancy through early adulthood. Our entire staff welcomes the opportunity to support families as they provide healthy environments in which children can thrive as they grow.
We are pleased to offer families appointments with the provider of their choice. Call 935-055 for your visit today!
Now scheduling for School, Camp, and Sports Physicals!
Accepting New Patients
Christmas Angels Kids Creek Children’s Clinic is very happy to be spreading the joy of the Christmas season again this year by participating in the Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan's Paper Angels Program. This program helps make Christmas bright for our local foster care children. We encourage our families to join us! Our Christmas tree in the waiting room is decorated with paper angels, each with a special Christmas request from a foster child. Choose an angel and bring back the unwrapped gift to our clinic by Thursday Dec. 12th. Thank you and Merry Christmas!!
FLU VACCINE CLINICS: It's that time of year once again. Protect your children from Influenza by vaccination. All children will be offered vaccine, if they are healthy, at scheduled appointments.
Please call our office at 935-0555 to find out about current flu shot clinic appointments for your child.
New Concusion Law
A new law went into effect this past summer that will effect all youth participating in sports programming. The law addresses concussion education and treatment and is aimed at all non-Michigan High School Athletic Associated sporting activities. This basically includes all other school or organizational youth sports. Here is a summary of the law's requirements:
- All sponsoring organizations must insure that their coaches, employees, and volunteers complete concussion awareness training available on-line through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
- All organizations are responsible for providing concussion educational materials to both athletes and their parents. A signed statement of receipt must be completed by both the athlete and parent and kept on file with the organization throughout the duration of participation or until the athlete is 18 years of age.
- Coaches volunteers, or other adults acting on behalf of the sponsoring organization must immediately remove an athlete from play who is suspect of sustaining a concussion during play. Before returning to play, the youth athlete must be evaluated by a health professional and receive written clearance to return to activity. These clearance forms must remain on file with the organization throughout the duration of participation or until the athlete is 18 years of age.
To learn more about the new concussion law and it's required activities, visit the following sites:
New office consent for treatment policy
In order for our clinic to deliver the best quality healthcare to your children under the age of 18, we are implementing a new policy regarding consent and access to care. Please take a moment to read it here.
NEW KINDERGARTEN ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A recently enacted Michigan law amended the Revised School Code (MCL 380.1147), which changed the minimum age requirement for a child enrolling in kindergarten. Currently, a student must be five years old by December 1st to be eligible for enrollment to kindergarten. New legislation will change the “cut‐off” date and will be gradually phased‐in over three years; changing the requirement by one month each year. The changes will be implemented in the following manner:
- For the 2013‐2014 school year, children must be five years old by November 1st.
- For the 2014‐2015 school year, children must be five years old by October 1st.
- For the 2015‐2016 school year (and beyond), children must be five years old by September 1st.
Parent Waiver Option
If the child is not eligible for enrollment per the guidelines specified above and will be five years old by December 1st, the child’s parent or legal guardian can apply for a waiver to enroll their student in school. Waiver deadlines and other information are as follows:
- If the child resides in the school district, the waiver must be submitted to the school district no later than June 1st before the beginning of the school year.
- If the child becomes a resident of the school district after June 1st, the waiver must be submitted to the school district no later than August 1st before the beginning of the school year.
- When in receipt of a waiver, districts can make recommendations to the child’s parent or legal guardian, as to the child’s readiness for school, and whether or not the child should be enrolled early.
- Regardless of a district’s recommendation, the parent or legal guardian retains the sole discretion to enroll their child.
For additional information, please contact your local school district.
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