Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

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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.

**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

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).

Tri-County Health Department

Tri-County Health Department 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.

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: 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.


We all require healthy social & emotional development – even babies! And just as physical health enables us to have the energy we need to work and live our lives, social & emotional mental health allows us to have positive relationships with others, cope with life’s challenges, and manage our emotions. 

Teaching social and emotional skills prepares children for success in school and throughout their lives. Please see the following links according to your child’s age:

1) 0-8 mos. Parent_cust_0-8m DCECC updated
2) 9-18 mos. Parent_cust_9-18m DCECC updated
3) 19 mos. – 36 mos. Parent_cust_19-36m DCECC updated
4) 3-5 yrs. Parent_cust_3-5y DCECC updated
5) 5-8 yrs. Parent_cust_5-8y DCECC updated

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention(TACSEI) addresses topics including challenging behaviors and children’s mental health and development.

Think: Kids Rethinking Challenging Kids

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

Behavior Problem Solver:

Helping parents and kids develop goals together:

Healthy Child Care America

To help child care providers and child care health consultants successfully implement the Caring for Our Children standards, Healthy Child Care America focuses on one standard per month. With a team of experienced pediatricians, child care health consultants, child care directors, and family child care providers, they collect stories, ideas and strategies that support “The Standard of the Month.”

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