douglas county early childhood - colorado

Good health

is one of the most important aspects of a young child’s well being. Poor health can interfere with a child’s physical development and can make it more difficult to learn. Children do best when they receive regular medical and dental care by health care providers and dentists who know them and their families (medical home).  Good nutrition and lots of physical activity can help children develop healthy lifestyles that they can continue as adults. Parents should ensure that children’s homes are free of hazards that can cause injury or illness and can work to make neighborhoods safe for children to live and play.

Infant Sleep Recommendations

The Federal SUID/SIDS Workgroup released a statement stating that all infants should sleep alone, on their backs, and in a clutter-free crib, bassinet, or play yard. To see the full statement, visit https://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Pages/092613-infant-mortality-awareness.aspx.

**Safe Sleep Guidelines Updates**

In an updated policy statement and technical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) expanded its guidelines on safe sleep for babies, with additional information for parents on creating a safe environment for their babies to sleep. Three important additions to the recommendations include:

  • Breastfeeding is recommended and is associated with a reduced risk of SIDS.
  • Infants should be immunized. Evidence suggests that immunization reduces the risk of SIDS by 50 percent.
  • Bumper pads should not be used in cribs. There is no evidence that bumper pads prevent injuries, and there is a potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment.

For a look at the full policy statement, see http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/12/peds.2011-2284.

Doctor’s Care:

This clinic serves as a medical home for those aged “newborn – 30 years old” who are uninsured or on Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) or the Doctors Care sliding fee-scale program. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners and volunteer providers offer affordable, high quality, reliable health care at the clinic five days a week.
Please call (303) 730-1313 for general information or to make an appointment at the clinic (walk-ins are not accepted).
www.DoctorsCare.org

 Medical / Health 

Tri-County Health Department www.tchd.org Through the Access to Care Program, Tri-County assists families with children younger than 19 years, and pregnant women in applying for presumptive eligibility for Medicaid and CHP+. Persons may call for appointments at 303-363-3013.
Pediatric Dental Resources  http://nrc.uchsc.edu/dentalchecklist.pdf
Bright Futures   www.brightfutures.org  National health promotion initiative dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy which involves a trusting partnership between the health professional, child, family and community.

 All Health Network

All Health Network offers both individual and family play therapy with a licensed professional counselor. When recommended by the therapist or requested by a parent, therapy is coupled with an evaluation by an on-staff child psychiatrist. All Health Network also offers a variety of therapy groups as well as educational and support groups. Some provide opportunities for children to express themselves, learn from others, and identify with positive role models, while other groups focus on increasing family unity.
Call 303-730-8858 for intake appointment or visit: www.admhn.org for more information.  **Many services are free or low cost for uninsured or under insured children and their families.  To see if your child or family might qualify, contact (303) 730-8858.

RESOURCES ON BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention(TACSEI) www.challengingbehavior.org

addresses topics including challenging behaviors and children’s mental health and development

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel

Foundation for Children with Behavioral Challenges (FCBC) www.fcbcsupport.or/
nonprofit that provides education and support for caregivers using the approach of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) to help children who struggle with social, emotional and behavioral challenges

Think: Kids Rethinking Challenging Kids www.thinkkids.org

Love and Logic: www.loveandlogic.com
simple and practical techniques to help parents to experience less stress and more fun raising responsible kids

The Incredible Years: http://www.incredibleyears.com/Resources/PP.asp
research-based program to reduce children’s aggression and behavior problems and increase social competence at home and school

Behavior Problem Solver: www.babycenter.com/behavior-problem-solver

Helping parents and kids develop goals together: www.kidsgoals.com


“Let’s Play, Let’s Grow Strong”
videos are a result of a partnership between Colorado Public Television (CPT12), Colorado Public News, the Tri-County Health Department and The Children’s Hospital .  This free collection of 28 short English and Spanish-language videos call on kids, parents, teachers and other caregivers to get up and move, and to eat healthfully.  http://bit.ly/fA169D