Advancing Child Health
Brush, Book, Bed
As part of our commitment to healthy kids and happy families in the communities we serve, the Partnership for Children of the Foothills has adopted the Brush, Book and Bed program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A great start to the day begins with a healthy nighttime routine. Having a regular routine can help create a predictable and comforting experience for young children, and ease nighttime stress. The elements of the program – Brush, Book and Bed – help address the importance of starting dental health practices right away, reading aloud at least 15 minutes each day and developing a regular bedtime routine and bed time.
Partnership for Children of the Foothills now offers Pop-Up Play Polk with a goal to promote play and healthy development for young children and families in Polk County. The program which meets quarterly encourages children to be physically active, improves social skills, enhances creativity, develops problem solving and critical thinking, takes appropriate risks and is fun! The program emphasizes unstructured free play outside, which helps build brains, reduce early childhood obesity and increases collaboration and teamwork.