Bright Futures - Training & Family Resources

Assessment Health and Wellness

A Focus on Oral and Mental Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity

Bright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and supported in part by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Bright Futures at Georgetown University is involved in promoting the Bright Futures philosophy and developing Bright Futures materials, and a number of resources can be found on their site, including:

  • The publication, Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition
  • An Oral Health Pocket Guide that WIC staff can use to inform families about the essentials of oral health, including oral development, dental caries, and tobacco use
  • Bright Futures in Practice Training Tools that provide guidance on how to apply Bright Futures materials in a variety of contexts and cover topics such as nutrition, physical activity, and oral and mental health
  • Distance Learning on Physical Activity that offers 1.0 CEU hour, and a Learning Lab with curricula on: Nutrition, Oral Health, Cultural & Linguistic Competence, Early Childhood Development & Mental Health, Health Promotion & Disease/Injury Prevention
  • Downloadable Family Resources in English and Spanish to help families play an active role in their children's health and well-being, such as:
    • Activity books to teach young children about health and safety
    • Family Tip Sheets divided into the four developmental stages of childhood
    • Health Records for children from birth through age 6 and include space for recording information about a child's growth and development, physical exams, immunizations, and screenings