Health & Behavior Supports

Children's Hospital Resources

Pediatric care is vital to your child’s overall health. Children’s Hospital has active services in order to provide safe, thoughtful, high-quality care for children who need it. We are sharing information from the Children’s Hospital website and invite you to visit their site to learn more.

Learn what to expect – and all the ways Children’s Hospital is keeping patients safe. These measures include increased screening measures for all team members and visitors, testing patients and symptomatic caregivers, increased availability of telehealth appointments, and limiting the number of people at locations.

For ongoing updates, a list of open locations and how to get care virtually or in person, please see Children’s Hospital’s coronavirus resources for parents and resources for healthcare professionals.

COVID-19 resources for patients, parents and families:

Early Childhood Mental Health Supports for Families

To learn more about supporting your child’s emotional well-being, please explore posts available in our special Emotional Well-Being section HERE. Below are some links to help get you started:

Specific to COVID-19:

Supporting your child’s social-emotional health is not just for times of crisis. Here are resources for any time you need help.

For details on all of the protective factors, click HERE.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

  • Are you struggling to meet the social-emotional or behavioral needs of a child birth to eight years of age?
  • Would you like help creating a plan to decrease behavioral challenges and promote success at home or in the classroom?
  • Is a child in your care at risk of being removed from a child care setting due to behavioral issues?

Alliance for Kids can help you determine whether Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation is a good fit.

Services Include:

  • Teacher consulting and skill building for behavior guidance strategies
  • Supporting partnerships between families and early childhood programs to support children with behavior challenges
  • Assistance navigating community resources 

Services are provided on-site at NO-COST. ECMH Consultants DO NOT provide diagnosis or evaluation. Programming provided in partnership with The Resource Exchange.

Call the NEW ECMH Referral Line: 719.205.2691

Download the ECMH flyer HERE.

Early Intervention (Birth - 3) & Early Childhood Specialists

Before contacting TRE, please visit their website for important COVID-19 updates.

Early Intervention:  Provides developmental supports and services to children birth through three years of age, who have special developmental needs. It can help improve a child’s ability to develop and learn. It can also help parents and family members learn ways to support and promote a child’s development, within the family’s activities and community life.

Contact Early Childhood Services at The Resource Exchange: 719.577.9190

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Safe Sleep

Learn more about ensuring your child is sleeping safely by visiting our blog.

Improving Safe Sleep Conversations: Strategies for Helping Families Adopt Safe Sleep Habits (Webinar Recording)
Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA, founder of the Global Infant Safe Sleep Center, leads a series of role playing exercises where she demonstrates tactics to engage families from different backgrounds in meaningful conversations about safe sleep. These actionable skills will benefit all health professionals, human service providers, community health workers, home visitors, peer supporters and family members working to improve infant health outcomes. Speakers include Stacy Scott, PhD, MPA  • Jennifer Ustianov, MS, BSN, RN, IBCLC. Listen to the recording and access other resources on the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)’s website.

Time for a Dental Check Up

Health First Colorado is Colorado’s Medicaid program. It provides dental benefits to enrolled children age 20 and
under. Children enrolled in the full state plan have a wide range of benefits with no co-pays or out of pocket expenses.
To receive the best dental care possible, it is important you find a dental home for your child. A dental home is a dentist or dental hygienist your child sees on a regular basis for dental care. If your child should have a dental emergency, call your dental home provider first.

Need more information or would like help finding a dental provider?
Call DentaQuest at 1-855-225-1729 (TTY: 711)
or visit  DentaQuest.com/Colorado

For details in English, click here

For details in Spanish, click here.

Newletters for Parents of Young Children

Nibbles for Health: Nutrition Newsletters for Parents

Check out these colorful and engaging newsletters from the USDA, made for parents of young children. These newsletters can be shared to communicate information about popular nutrition topics. There are 12 newsletters available in both English and Spanish. Visit the USDA website or access them individually below:

Resources for Strengthening Families

Every family has strengths, and every family faces challenges. When you are under stress—the car breaks down, you or your partner lose a job, a child’s behavior is difficult, or even when the family is experiencing a positive change, such as moving into a new home—sometimes it takes a little extra help to get through the day. The tip sheets below are designed for parents and are based on information from organizations working to promote well-being.

National Alliance on Mental Illness | NAMI

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has become the nation’s voice on mental illness. Click here to learn more about their resources and supports for families.These include events, support groups, classes, and more. Events will be shared on our FamilySPEAK calendar.

Flu Guide for Parents

Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly. Each year flu viruses cause millions of illnesses, hundreds of thousands of hospital stays and thousands or tens of thousands of deaths in the United States.
Flu can be very dangerous for children. CDC estimates that between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 years have been hospitalized each year in the United States because of influenza. Click here to read more.

 

Community Resource Directory

A directory of local resources and supports for parents, caregivers, and families.