Resources for Families

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**NEW** The Well-Child Visit: Why Go and What to Expect This new tip sheet, The Well-Child Visit: Why Go and What to Expectconsistent with the Bright Futures Guidelines, tips written in plain language for parents of children and teens of all ages to help prepare them for their well-child visits. This tip sheet is available in English and Spanish. 

The Well-Child Visit: Why Go and What to Expect - ENGLISH

La visita de control del niño: Por qué ir y qué esperar - ESPAÑOL

  • The Screening Technical Assistance & Resource (STAR) Center is part of the Screening in Practices Initiative that envisions a system of care in which every child receives the screening, referral, and follow-up needed to foster healthy development. A family video was recently produced to highlight the positive impact that screening, referral, and follow-up can have on a family in need.
  • 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:
    • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based home visiting model that promotes the optimal early development, learning, and health of children by supporting and engaging parents and caregivers. As part of their resources, Parents as Teachers produced a podcast series called Intentional Partnerships where each episode offers a real-world perspective from people exploring shared values around family engagement
  • The QuestionBuilder App from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) helps parents and caregivers prepare for medical appointments and maximize time during the visit. The app is available at no cost through the Apple App store and Google Play
    Click here to access a one-page handout about the QuestionBuilder App. 

 Family Voices

 Child Health Tracker