To keep your child healthy, make sure that they have a consistent source of health care and practice healthy habits. When your child is healthy and safe they can play, learn and will get off to the best start possible in life. First 5 funds programs and partners with the community to help give your child a healthy start including:
Health Insurance – Healthy Kids Santa Barbara is a low-cost, comprehensive insurance product for children 0-18 in Santa Barbara County that covers health, vision and dental services for low to moderate income families. For more information call: 805-735-8967 or 805-739-0992.
Dental Care — The Early Childhood Oral Health Initiative targets children in need of treatment who do not have dental coverage or have insufficient coverage to cover the cost of their treatment. Call (805)964-4711 x4455 for more information.
Health Home- A heath home is a medical and dental ofifce where the doctor and dentist works in partership with a child and a child's family to maintain health and wellness. As a parent you play a critical role in your child's health needs. Download Health Home Brochure
Mental Health — The Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative helps connect children and their families to counseling services including proving assistance to children in child care settings, screenings for developmental concerns and post-partum education and support. Call 2-1-1 to find resources in your community.
Nutrition — First 5 California’s “Yummy for Your Tummy: Fun, Easy and Healthy Recipes from Chef La La”
New Crib Standards- Beginning December 28, 2012, any crib provided by child care facilities and family child care homes must meet new and improved federal safety standards. The new standards take effect for manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors on June 28, 2011, addressing deadly hazards previously seen with traditional drop-side rails, requiring more durable hardware and parts and mandating more rigorous testing.