Resources for Families

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The resources below can help you protect and promote your child's health by increasing your knowledge of children's health issues, providing assistance on partnering with health care providers, and linking you to helpful organizations and tools. ​

  • is the official American Academy of Pediatrics Web site for parents. Backed by 66,000 pediatricians, offers general information about children's health as well as specific guidance on parenting issues. Parents can find information on their child's ages and stages, healthy living, safety and prevention, family life, and health issues, as well as newsletters and interactive tools like the KidsDoc Symptom Checker​, Ask the Pediatrician, and the new Physical Developmental Delays: What to Look For Too​l​​​​. ​
  • Bright Futures Patient/Parent Education Handouts provide an opportunity to recall important topics discussed during the visit. They summarize information related to each of the 5 Bright Futures priorities for each visit, and are available in English and Spanish.​ These handouts can also be found as part of the Core Tools on the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit Web pages. (NOTE: These handouts are currently being revised.) 

    NOTE: These handouts are available for download for review and reference purposes only. For any other use, to make multiple copies of specific items, or to incorporate forms into an Electronic Health Record System, please contact​

  • Family Voices is  a nonprofit family-led organization that works to keep families at the center of children's health care. Through its national grassroots network and partnerships with families, professionals, and state affiliates, Family Voices promotes quality health care for all children and youth with special health care needs and serves as a trusted resource for families, youth, and professionals. Resources developed by Family Voices include:
    • Bright Futures Family Pocket Guide, a collection of advice from the Bright Futures Guidelines, as well as tips, hints, and checklists developed for families by families that can be brought to doctor's appointments and other health care visits and shared with family members and friends. For example, you can find suggestions on how to prepare your child for shots or tests. English and Spanish versions are available.
    • Family Voices IMPACT supports the goal of Family Voices by providing materials, tools, and resources based on the Bright Futures Guidelines and is designed specifically for families. For instance, the IMPACT Web site offers health tips and recommendations  according to children's ages and stages of development, a one-page checklist to prepare for well-child visits, and the Bright Futures Family Matters newsletter.
    • The National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships offers information on how to connect with the Family-to-Family Health Information Center (F2F HIC) in your state. These family-staffed organizations provide support, information, resources, and training to families of children and youth with special health care n​eeds. For example, F2F HICs provide assistance to families and professionals in navigating health care systems; guidance on health programs and policy; and collaboration with other F2F HICs, family groups, and professionals.

  • ​​AAP's Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI)​​ Web site​ houses a number of resources to help patients/families become familiar with topics such as family history, ​​genetic testing, ​​​emergency care planning, and speciality care coordination, as well as support. 

  • The Well-Visit Planner creates a personalized visit guide for parents or guardians of children ages 4 months to 3 years old who are scheduled to have a well-child visit. Families answer questions about their children's health and pick what they want to talk about at their next visit. The Planner then makes a printable guide that families can bring to the visit and use with the doctor. The tool was developed by the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and is based on Bright Futures Guidelines, with support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.

  • The Bright Futures Activity Book, winner of the 2009 National Health Information Award, provides a fun, informative, and interactive overview of the 10 Bright Futures themes that can be explored together by children and their parents. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Healthy Futures, Bright Futures Videos​ can be viewed by age and life stage, theme, or health visit and cover all major Bright Future topics. For example, families can find videos on early childhood toilet training, sleep routines, and promoting good mental health in adolescence. The Healthy Futures, Bright Futures videos were produced in partnership by Bright Futures and the Virginia Department of Health.

  • text4baby promotes maternal and child health through text messaging. Parents who sign up receive three free weekly text messages that are timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and until the baby's first birthday. A number of states provide text4baby messages with local phone numbers. The service is available in both English and Spanish. ​​​Messages cover topics such as:
    • Labor signs and symptoms
    • Prenatal care
    • Urgent alerts
    • Developmental milestones
    • Immunizations
    • Nutrition
    • Birth defect prevention
    • Safe sleep
    • Safety​​
  • Bright Futures/Child Care Health Partnership provides handouts in English and Spanish that give parents tools for healthful, active living; tips on topics like “relationships” and “nutrition”; and questions to ask a child’s doctor. 

 Child Health Tracker

 Family Voices