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Give Kids A Smile®
Celebrate Give Kids A Smile's 15th anniversary in 2017! Visit the promotional resources page for information.
Learn tips and tricks for how to help more underserved kids in your community through Give Kids A Smile. Explore the GKAS Program Planning Toolbox.
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Helping Children Through Give Kids A Smile®
Be a part of the GKAS movement!
Through the ADA Foundation's Give Kids A Smile program, launched nationally by the American Dental Association in 2003, more than 5.5 million underserved children have received free oral health services. These free services are provided by volunteers including approximately 10,000 dentists annually, along with 30,000 other dental team members. Read about the history of GKAS, or make a donation.
View the Give Kids A Smile 15th anniversary video.
- Give Kids A Smile Increasing Continuity of Care Webinar View recording of webinar
This webinar covers concrete strategies for increasing continuity of dental care for kids in need. Topics include how to conduct outreach to families and recruit children who are uninsured, and how program coordinators can refer families to apply for coverage. The webinar was presented on May 30, coinciding with the release of a new GKAS continuity of care planning guide that puts these strategies and resources at coordinators’ fingertips.
- Give Kids A Smile Continuity of Care Grants - Apply for a GKAS Continuity of Care Grant by Oct. 31. Up to $50,000 in funding will be provided to assist GKAS programs that offer continuity of dental care to underserved children after their initial GKAS visit, because a major goal of any GKAS program is to establish a process by which a child can get continued care over several years.
- The ADA Foundation and Scholastic are initiating an exciting pilot project that will test print and online oral health education and engagement materials distributed to the following facilities and healthcare practices in the selected markets of St. Louis, Chicago, and Brooklyn: physician, dentist, OB/GYN, and pediatrician practices; and early childhood facilities. The goal is to strengthen oral health education and literacy of parents and caregivers of children ages 0 (birth) to 5. This program began with a pre-survey that deployed on May 25. We will use the outcomes of this survey to develop print and electronic oral health education materials, which will be distributed this fall. If you have questions, please contact the ADA Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The ADA Foundation is accepting applications through August 31, 2017 from established GKAS programs to host the 2018 GKAS National Kickoff Event. The selected host program must:
• Be a model event that can share best practices and proven tactics for the betterment of other GKAS programs.
• Host the national GKAS kickoff event on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 (to coincide with National Children’s Dental Health Month)
• Collaborate with the ADA Foundation to plan and host a GKAS National Kickoff Reception on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 (the evening prior to GKAS Day).
• Openly discuss implementation plans of the GKAS event with the ADA Foundation and GKAS sponsors regularly leading up to the kickoff event.
The selected GKAS program will receive a grant of up to $15,000 to offset the cost of the reception and other related expenses. Apply here: 2018 GKAS National Kickoff Event Host Site Application.
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