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Healthy Children & Development

Head Start

The DHS Head Start Program provides high-quality early childhood education and family support services that promote school readiness and success in life.

This program provides comprehensive services including full-day early childhood education for children 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Click here to learn more.

H.E.A.R.T. All it Takes is Heart!

All it Takes is H.E.A.R.T. (Hug, Engage, Ask, Read, Talk), a partnership of the American Osteopathic Association and Erikson Institute, is designed to guide parents as they support early learning and development for their children.

The initiative promotes the following actions: HUG – Your child feels loved each time you embrace; ENGAGE – Simple interactions with your child can make a big difference; ASK – You can stimulate your child’s curiosity by asking questions; READ – Reading helps improve vocabulary; TALK – When you speak, your child will try to copy your sounds.

Click here to watch a short video about the importance of HEART initiative.

Any Baby Can – San Antonio

Any Baby Can services are provided at no cost – regardless of income – to families who have a child birth through 17 years of age with ANY medical diagnosis, including a chronic illness, disability, developmental delay, or health risk.

Any Baby Can also has the region’s only private Prescription Assistance Program, which helps uninsured and underinsured patients of all ages, get access to free or low-cost medications.

The child must reside in either Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Blanco, Caldwell, Comal, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Medina, Real, Uvalde or Wilson County.

Zero to Three

ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf

Resources For Healthy Childhood Weight

Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics this website has resources for parents and healthcare providers focused on Early Feeding, Healthy Active Living for Families, Physical Activity (special sections on sport in time of the COVID-19 pandemic), and access to several Apps for healthy living for movement and cooking as a family.
Check out the website and explore.

Website  sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically for parents with information for optimal attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Whether you’re looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues this is the place.


Foster Care America

Information about foster care tools and resources for pediatricians, and foster care resources for parents, families, and caregivers. Links to State specific information regarding foster care as well as sections on developmental health, emotional health, and physical health with unique regard to Foster Care.


KidsHealth is the large resource  providing doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence on a variety of topics from wellness to acute illness and normal developmental milestones expected.

Increase Language Skills with Sesame Street

Click here for amazing ways to help with early brain development.

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a program that promotes early literacy by bringing new books and advice about the importance of reading aloud into the pediatric exam room.

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