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DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Signs of Emotional Development in Your Child

May 21, 2018

It’s important to keep track of your child’s development as they grow. Staying aware of their developmental stages makes it easier to tell if there is a health problem. Tracking emotional development is important too. Here are a few healthy signs of emotional development to look for as your child gets older. At about 2[…..]

HOME VISITING: National Foster Care Month- Preparing to be a foster parent

May 18, 2018

May is National Foster Care month. This month we want to recognize the important role foster parents play in the lives of children of all ages. The first few years of a child’s life is a critical period for healthy development. That’s why parents and caregivers of all kinds are important during this time. First[…..]

HELP ME GROW: The One Resource Every Parent and Caregiver Should Know

May 15, 2018

A new baby at home can be exciting, happy, overwhelming, and tiring all at once. Every day will be a new challenge. Every day will be a new learning experience. Through it all, there is one thing that every parent should know. That is Help Me Grow. Help Me Grow 2-1-1 is a resource for[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Steps We Can All Take to Help Reduce Childhood Obesity

May 13, 2018

Did you know that 1 in 6 children in the U.S. are obese? Reasons for this can stem from things like their family’s income, race, ethnicity, and where they live. These conditions, known as the social determinants of health, address why some communities are not as healthy as they should be. Health equity means everyone[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep

May 12, 2018

Breastfeeding your baby can be a very pleasant and rewarding experience. According to the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware, breastfeeding is healthy for both mom and baby. Moms that breastfeed are less likely to have breast and ovarian cancer. Breastfeeding also decreases postpartum bleeding and speeds up any uterine recovery. As for baby, they receive endless[…..]

HELP ME GROW: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

May 8, 2018

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (NCMHA) is Thursday, May 10, 2018! This day recognizes the importance of children’s mental health and how it affects their development. Mental health for children means reaching developmental and emotional milestones. Being mentally healthy is important for all children. A mentally healthy child builds strong social skills and can[…..]

DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING: Sharing Concerns about Your Child’s Development With Your Doctor

May 7, 2018

Developmental milestones are clues that your child’s growth is on track. The way they listen, talk, move, behave and learn at certain ages are big milestones. When your child is on track, it’s time to celebrate! When they are not, it’s time to talk to the doctor. Developmental screening is a test to see if[…..]

SAFE SLEEP: Choosing the Best Sleep Surface for Your Baby

April 16, 2018

Your baby will spend most of their time sleeping the first few months after birth. When looking for the best baby mattress, there is no doubt that you will want to choose a soft sleep surface. A soft mattress gives the impression that your baby will sleep better. You might be thinking that a comfortable[…..]

HOME VISITING: What Can I Ask My Home Visitor?

April 12, 2018

While some pregnancies are planned, others are not. Either way, it can be scary to find out that you are having a baby.  Being involved with home visiting will help you prepare for your little bundle of joy! The home visiting programs help pregnant families prepare to raise a healthy and happy child.  You will[…..]

HEALTH EQUITY: Transportation and Health Equity

March 20, 2018

We want to live in a place that is good for us. We want to live in a place that we feel good about. A person’s health can be influenced by where they live. Health and environment is a factor that is often linked. Not every person has that ability to live in a community[…..]