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Now is the Time for a Well-Child Checkup

School-aged children should see their doctor once every year for an annual well-child checkup, which may include measuring the child’s height and weight, behavioral assessments, immunizations and other tests. Younger children should have well-child checkups at:

  • 3 to 5 days
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years

If your child is enrolled in ARKids First and doesn’t have a primary care physician, contact ConnectCare toll-free at 1-800-275-1131 or click here for help to find one.

Vacations and Road Trips, OH MY!

Safety must be a high priority. Your oh-so-sweet baby, toddler or child is probably very mobile.

However, it is very important to keep him or her secured safely in an appropriate car seat while driving in a motor vehicle.

Below are some quick facts about car seat safety:

Car seat safety

  • Most states have laws requiring that toddlers and young children travel in child safety seats that are in the backseat of the car and away from active air bags.
  • Vehicles with no backseat aren’t a good choice for traveling with children.
  • Putting a car safety seat next to a door that has a side air bag may not be appropriate. If you’re only placing one car seat in the backseat, put it in the center rather than next to a door.
  • Your baby’s car seat should remain rear-facing until age 2 or until he has reached the highest weight allowed by the manufacturer for rear-facing (usually about 35 pounds).

Click here to download a motor vehicle checklist.

Coalition Call Out

The success of Healthy Families is dependent on our coalition of passionate, energetic funding partners. Healthy Families partners have created a campaign that empowers families to become and stay healthy. Click here to find out why they continue to support Healthy Families.

Healthy Families continues to grow and add more educational tools. But, our funding partners need help to provide the families we serve with even more tools, including Spanish versions of the Happy Birthday Baby Books, social media outreach, community level outreach, etc. If your organization would like to be involved in the Healthy Families coalition as a funding partner, please contact Amy Webb (501-682-8946 or [email protected]) or Melody Hubbell (501-376-8722 or [email protected]). 

ARKids Summer Safety Road Show

ARKids First, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, Arkansas Summer Food Service Program and Radio Disney are hosting events across Arkansas to educate children and their families about summer safety.  Attendees will be able to enjoy both Radio Disney-led activities and free, nutritious meals and snacks. The last event will take place at:

Wonder City Boys and Girls Club, 412 South 25th Street, West Memphis,
August 4, 11 a.m. – Noon

Click on the links below to watch videos of the events that have already taken place.

Happy Father's Day!

Dads and other important men like grandfathers and uncles can make significant contributions to a child’s development. When fathers with a positive attitude are affectionate, spend time with their children and are involved in their children’s daily activities, their children have fewer behavioral problems, perform better in school, are more sociable and have better self-esteem.

Click here to learn about some things you can do.


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