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Adolescent Immunization Schedule 

All Kids: Healthcare for All Kids in Illinois

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics

AAP Section on School Health (Healthy Kids Network)

Bills Introduced and Voted on by the Illinois General Assembly

The Brazelton Institute
Focuses on the health and development of the newborn infant. Read about the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale.

Bright Futures
Bright Futures is a practical developmental approach to providing health supervision for children of all ages birth through adolescence.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Center for Disease Control

Child Development Institute
Provides parents with information on physical, mental and emotional growth and development from prenatal to teenage.

Children NOW

The Children's Defense Fund

Children's Environmental Health Network

Early Head Start
Early Head Start builds upon both the latest research and the experiences of such pioneering initiatives as the Parent and Child Centers and the Comprehensive Child Development Program. Focuses on the four cornerstone essentials to quality programs: child development, family development, community building, and staff development.

Families and Work Institute
Rethinking the Brain-New insights into early development.

Future of Children

Healthy Steps for Young Children Program-A National Initiative to Foster Healthy Growth and Development
The Healthy Steps for Young Children Program is a national initiative that focuses on birth to age three. It emphasizes the importance of a close relationship between health care professionals and mothers and fathers in addressing the physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children in the early years. Now being implemented in two dozen pediatric and family practices across the country, Healthy Steps is coordinated by The Commonwealth Fund with local support from community-focused foundations and health care providers. A national evaluation will result in a study of effectiveness and costs.

Illinois Department of Public Aid
Medicaid reimbursement questions.

Insure Kids Now

Pregnancy, developmental and general information for parents of children zero through teens.

Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute
Offers a wide variety of professional programs and parent resources in maternal and infant health care.

Journal of Pediatric Health Care

Kids Health: Growth and Development
Choose from one of 48 articles on developmental issues including communication, feeding, learning and play, sleep, medical care and more.

Legislative Information on the Internet

March of Dimes

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
A research center at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute. Bright Futures in Practice Book Series: Mental Health, Nutrition, Oral Health, & Physical Activity

Mead Johnson
Developmental and educational information for parents.

Pampers Parenting Institute

Extensive database of developmental information for parents by subcategory, age and/or keyword.

Parents Action for Children

Reach Out and Read
A national program that seeks to make early literacy an integral part of pediatric primary care. Physicians and pediatric clinicians encourage parents to read aloud to their young children and give books to patients to take home at all pediatric check-ups from six months to five years of age. Parents learn that reading aloud is the most important thing they can do to help their children love books and to start school ready to learn.

Ross Labs - Welcome Addition
Information about pregnancy and the first year of a child's life for parents.

Stand for Children

US Consumer Product Safety Commission
CPSC, an independent Federal regulatory agency, helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products.

Zero to Three
Zero to Three is the nation's leading resource on the first three years of life. A national non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the health development of babies and toddlers.

National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care

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