Boston Basics

The Boston Basics Campaign is inspired by the fact that 80% of brain growth happens in the first three years of life. During this period, skill gaps between socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic groups become clearly apparent, but this does not need to be. Everyday interactions between children, their parents, and other caregivers provide abundant opportunities to give children from every background a more equal start in life. The Basics are five, fun, simple, and powerful ways that every family can give every child a strong start beginning from birth: 1) maximize love, manage stress, 2) talk, sing and point, 3) count, group and compare, 4) explore through movement and play, and 5) read and discuss stories. The Basics Community Toolkit provides multi-media resources that healthcare and community-based organizations can use to engage and support parents and other caregivers in practicing these basics.The Boston Basics website and materials are also available in Spanish.

Parenting Education Socio-emotional Development for Children

Ask the Expert: Parenting Children from Birth to Age 2

This webinar will focus on helping Healthy Start team members:

  • Support participants in making healthy parenting choices
  • Assist parents in creating safe environments for their young children
  • Reinforce and clarify the advice and recommendations of babies’ health care providers
  • Identify and help parents recognize warning signs that a baby or young child may be at risk.


  1. Describe recommendations for care of a child from birth to age 2.
  2. Discuss the importance of recommended well baby checks and describe tests and procedures that are performed during these visits.
  3. Identify warning signs that a baby or toddler may be at risk for medical or developmental problems.

Webinar Materials:

Breastfeeding Depression Father/Partner Involvement Immunization Insurance Coverage Intimate Partner Violence Nutrition Parenting Education Patient-centered Medical Home Risk Assessment Safe Sleep Socio-emotional Development for Children Tobacco Cessation

Healthy Start Regional Meeting (PA)

Meeting Materials:

Common Agenda Father/Partner Involvement Participant Recruitment and Retention Socio-emotional Development for Children

Bright Futures, American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures uses an evidence-driven, developmentally-based approach to address children’s health needs in the context of family and community. The website includes a range of evidence-based resources and systems-oriented tools for health care professionals, parents, and youth-serving organizations striving to improve the health and well-being of all children.

Breastfeeding Chronic Disease Prenatal Care and Education Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning

National Healthy Start Association (NHSA)

NHSA is committed to improving birth outcomes and health disparities that exist within communities of color throughout the US. As the membership association for Healthy Start programs nationwide, NHSA promotes the development of community-based maternal and child health programs, particularly those addressing the issues of infant mortality, low birth weight and racial disparities in perinatal outcomes.

Breastfeeding Early Elective Delivery Prenatal Care and Education Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning

2015 Healthy Start Convention

On November 16-18, 2015, all Healthy Start grantees attended the 2015 Healthy Start Convention: Achieving Measurable Outcomes that Make a Difference for Women, Families, and Communities in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the Convention was to convene the Healthy Start grantee community to build momentum, garner synergy, and propel the Healthy Start initiative towards greater success in improving perinatal health outcomes by sharing best practices, building skills, and increasing knowledge for providing high-quality services to women and their families.

Materials from the Convention are available below.

Plenary Sessions

Breakout Session I: Collective Impact Peer Learning Network (PLN)

Breakout Session II: Quality Improvement to Strengthen Service Delivery

Breakout Session III: Enhancing Quality Service Delivery (Resources, Training, and Information)

Breakout Session IV: Strengthening Communication/Marketing Strategies

Project Management 101

Breastfeeding Communication Program evaluation Quality Improvement Reproductive Life Planning/Family Planning

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based non-profit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by integrating children’s books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits. Reach Out and Read builds on the unique relationship between parents and medical providers to develop critical early reading skills in children, beginning in infancy.

Other Parenting Education

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