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January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

purple outlined circle with purple hearts and baby clothesFrom the National Birth Defects Prevention Network website:

"January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. The theme for 2019 is 'Best for You. Best for Baby.' We know that not all birth defects can be prevented. But, you can increase your chances of having a healthy baby by doing what you can to be your healthiest self both before and during pregnancy. What is best for you is also best for your baby."

To learn more, click here to visit the National Birth Defects Prevention Network website. There are promotional resources available in English and Spanish.

Happy New Year to all our Early Start Neighbors!

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World Prematurity Day

Purple background with World Prematurity Day textNovember 17th is World Prematurity Day.

On this day, organizations around the globe raise awareness about the reality of premature births: 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide, and premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under five*. The World Prematurity Day campaign also seeks to educate the public on the prevention of preterm birth, raise funds for research, and advocate for legislation to support parents and babies.

To find out more about World Prematurity Day, including how you can participate, visit the March of Dimes

*March of Dimes, 2017.

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California Home Visiting Program (CHVP)

The California Home Visiting Program or CHVP is “a preventive intervention focused on promoting positive parenting and child development.” 


Their services are available to pregnant women and new parents who have risk factors, such as domestic violence, inadequate income, unstable housing, limited education, substance abuse, depression and/or other mental health issues. CHVP is funded through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program which was established in 2010 by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It incorporates two evidence-based home visiting models, Healthy Families America and Nurse-Family Partnership, and is available in 24 of California’s 58 counties. Check it out! You may have families that would benefit greatly from this valuable service.

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood by clicking here or by

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