Nurturing Healthy Children Through Family Wellness
In terms of our children’s health, lots of factors have an impact. But perhaps the most important factor is the overall wellness of our families. To provide the best environment for our children, we need to make sure that our family unit is as healthy as possible.
Family wellness is determined not only by our physical health (through nutrition, doctors’ visits, exercise, etc.), but also by our emotional health, the relationships we enjoy, and our interconnectedness to our community.
The Importance of a Healthy Start from Day One
The early months and years are so important in child development. Every parent needs all the support he or she can get during this period to raise healthy and happy children and give them the best chance of lifelong success.
But knowing where to turn is often not so easy. That is why local and state partners have joined together to help you access the information and services every parent needs.
- 2-1-1 Child Development Infoline (CDI)
- Ages and Stages
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Birth to Three
- Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
- Developmental Monitoring and Screening
- Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities/Delays
- Help Me Grow
- Physical Developmental Delays: What to look for
- Zero to Three
Additional Reading & Resources
Text4baby is a free service that helps pregnant and new moms get important information. Women who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive free text messages three times per week, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. Text4baby sends personalized messages directly to you, and the texts have information you can trust because they are developed by experts from all over the country. There is also an app that provides additional information about baby’s development, pregnancy, childcare tips, and more.
Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
Wellness is more than being free from illness. The things we do and the emotions we feel all relate to our overall wellness and our actions and emotions affect our wellbeing. Therefore, it is important to make healthy choices for both your physical and mental well-being in order to lower stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions. HealthyLivesCT was created to provide Connecticut residents with resources to support and promote overall wellness.
This website was developed to help parents and caregivers understand their child’s mental health issues. The site offers videos and training for early care and education providers and pediatric providers. The website also offers both local and national resources as well as links to publications, facts and figures and frequently asked questions.
Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children’s growing minds.
Mobile Crisis Intervention Services serves children and adolescents experiencing a mental health crisis. It can help youth avoid the negative consequences that can result from mental health crises (such as juvenile arrests) by calling 2-1-1 for both immediate and ongoing support. By dialing 2-1-1 and, when prompted, pressing ‘1’ for ‘crisis’, and then “1” again for “Mobile Crisis” police can gain access to Mobile Crisis’ 14 teams of nearly 150 trained mental health professionals across the state that can respond immediately, face-to-face or by phone, to help manage the child’s behavioral or emotional crisis.
Take a Screening
If you are concerned about yourself or someone you love, take a few minutes to complete an anonymous self-assessment.