Page ContentBright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Bright Futures Guidelines provide theory-based and evidence-driven guidance for all preventive care screenings and well-child visits. Bright Futures content can be incorporated into many public health programs such as home visiting, child care, school-based health clinics, and many others. Materials developed especially for families are also available. Features For ProfessionalsBright Futures WebinarsMake sure to sign up for the latest Bright Futures webinars beginning in April 2017. Learn about the revised and updated Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition from the editors themselves. Learn moreBright Futures EQIPP CoursesThese courses are designed to help physicians interpret the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents into everyday practice, with practical suggestions for implementation.Learn moreBright Futures GuidelinesAt your fingertips, this manual provides the most respected recommendations for the top 12 areas of child development in 1 volume, along with the most up-to-date well-child supervision standards by visit.Learn moreBright Futures Tool and Resource KitThis kit provides an organized compilation of current forms and materials for seamless and effective inclusion of preventive health supervision and health screening for infants, children, and adolescents.Learn morePerforming Preventive ServicesDesigned to accompany Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition, this manual provides effective ways to deliver the preventive services that are suggested in the Guidelines.Learn moreImplementing Bright Futures in Public HealthProfessionals can hear recorded audio stories of Bright Futures implementations and read highlights of how Bright Futures is being used by state agencies as the standard for well-child care and as essential content throughout many public health programs. Learn moreFor FamiliesFamily Pocket Guide—Available in English and SpanishDeveloped for families by families, in partnership with the AAP and other professionals, this convenient, attractive resource is based on the AAP’s Bright Futures: Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition.Learn moreBright Futures Activity Book—Available in English and SpanishTo encourage parent-child interaction, the Bright Futures Activity Book provides a fun, informative, and interactive overview of the 10 themes from the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 3rd Edition.Learn more Highlights and Announcements June 15, 2017National ASK Day (Asking Saves Kids) Next Wednesday, June 21, is ASK Day. The nation’s pediatricians urge parents to ask about guns before sending a child over to a friend’s home to play this summer. Guns currently are the second leading cause of death among children and teens, and nearly 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun. Spearheaded by the Brady Center and the AAP, the ASK Campaign has successfully inspired 19 million households to take the pledge to ask if there are guns where their children play. The AAP released a new Public Service Announcement video with Dr. Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, on why parents should ask about guns just as they would any other potential safety hazard. In addition, AAP Voices features a new post by Dr. Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA, FAAP, who served as a litigant in Wollschlaeger v. Governor of the State of Florida, about why it’s so important that pediatricians have the right to talk with families about guns.This year, on June 21, the campaign message has expanded to ask doctors and health care professionals to also ask about guns during wellness visits. Informative brochures and postcards, and even medical ID holders are free for AAP members to order through a fulfillment website. Learn more from the National ASK day website.June 14, 2017Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition Introductory WebinarsLearn about the revised and updated Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition from the editors themselves. These webinars have been recorded and posted on the Bright Futures Web site.Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition - Introduction (for Public Health Professionals)Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition - Introduction (for Health Care Professionals)June 14, 2017NCMHI 2017 Webinar Series: Back to Basics: Meaningfully and Effectively Engaging Families in Pediatric Practices and Systems eyond Coexistence: Cultivating Successful Family Partnerships in Clinical Practice WebinarThe National Center for Medical Home Implementation, the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships, and Bright Futures National Center are hosting a three-part series focusing on family engagement in pediatric practices and systems. Find recordings, PowerPoint presentations, and audience questions from current and previous webinars here.June 14, 2017Achieving True Partnership: Integrating Family Engagement in Systems of Care WebinarThe National Center for Medical Home Implementation, the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships, and the Bright Futures National Center are hosting the third and final webinar in a three-part series focusing on family engagement in pediatric practices and systems. This webinar will identify practical strategies to facilitate partnerships between systems of care, focusing specifically on collaboration between Title V programs, state American Academy of Pediatrics Chapters, and family leadership organizations. Faculty will present lessons learned from a state-wide medical home implementation project with family leadership. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 1pm CTClick here to registerView more information about the Webinar series here.June 9, 2017Screening for Diabetes Mellitus after Pregnancy Public Comment OpportunityThe Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI) is currently holding a public comment period for the draft recommendation, Screening for Diabetes Mellitus after Pregnancy. The public comment period is open until June 22, 2017. https://www.womenspreventivehealth.org/public-comment/may-2017-public-comment/May 31, 2017Please consider completing a survey regarding the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Toolkit being conducted as part of an AAP grant-funded project focused on FASD prevention, early identification, and lifelong care using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQF25BM. The intent of this evaluation survey is to obtain practitioners’ feedback on the Toolkit’s quality and usefulness in pediatric practice. The AAP Institutional Review Board has approved this project. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Josh Benke at email@example.com.May 30, 2017Is My Baby a Giant?Listen to this discussion with Dr. Joe Hagan on the BBC World Service about infant growth charts.May 22, 2017Help parents form positive parent-child relationships Essentials for Parenting Toddlersand Preschoolers is a free, online resource developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help parents learn skills that form the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior, while decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies.May 22, 2017CNN reported that “grandparents who step in for child care tend to use the same practices they did when they were parenting, but” research suggests “some of them may be outdated, putting their grandchildren at risk.” The findings were presented at the 2017 Pediatric Academics Societies meeting. Dr. Andrew Adesman, lead author of the study, “recommends that grandparents use the same resources parents” use for the most up-to-date “child safety news. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children site is among those offering tips for kids of all ages.” May 22, 2017Zika Care ConnectZika Care Connect is a new program designed to connect women, parents and caregivers of infants, and families affected by Zika to recommended health care services. Zika Care Connect establishes a network of specialty health care providers in 10 high-risk jurisdictions throughout the United States and its territories. The provider network is accessible via the Zika Care Connect Web site and HelpLine. If you are interested in joining the Zika Care Connect provider network, visit the Web site or call the HelpLine at 1-844-677-0447 (toll-free) for more information on enrolling.May 22, 2017New AAP Guidelines Say Children Under One Year Old Should Not Be Given Fruit JuiceFruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under age 1 and should not be included in their diet, according to a new policy statement issued by the AAP that marks the Academy’s first change in recommendations on fruit juice since 2001. Over past years, the Academy advised against offering fruit juice to children under the age of 6 months, but has expanded that time frame to include the entire first year of life.Click here to learn moreMay 18, 2017Safe Sleep, Skin-to-Skin Care, and Breastfeeding – AAP Clinical Report WebinarSkin-to-skin care (SSC) and rooming-in have become common practice in the newborn period for healthy newborns with the implementation of maternity care practices that support breastfeeding as delineated in the World Health Organization’s “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.” In this webinar, Dr Lori Feldman-Winter, discusses components of the AAP clinical report, Safe Sleep and Skin-to-Skin Care in the Neonatal Period for Healthy Term Newborns, SIDS prevention and breastfeeding promotion. Ms Trish MacEnroe will discuss the Safety Audit Tool developed by Baby-Friendly, USA.Monday, June 26, 2017 1pm CTClick here to registerMay 15, 2017SAMHSA has launched a virtual toolbox to guide early childhood leaders in promoting the mental health and school readiness of young children. The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Toolbox includes videos, interactive products, and resources to enhance early childhood programs through implementing or expanding mental health consultation. May 4, 2017Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. This year’s focus is on the importance of integrating behavioral health and primary care for children, youth, and young adults. Pediatricians are an important first resource for parents who are worried about their child's mental health. For resources for primary care, visit www.aap.org/mentalhealth. The campaign’s national event will take place on Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m. EDT in Washington, DC. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will also webcast the event. For more on Awareness Day activities, click here.May 1, 2017Free Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Webinar Series recordings are now available here.Webinar #1 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis. Webinar #2 - Neurobehavioral Disorder Associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE). Webinar #3 - Treatment Across the Lifespan for Persons with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.