The Growing Minds Program, funded by Kohl’s Cares, brings health education material into communities through in-person connections and short web-based videos using Rady Children’s Hospital volunteer clinicians.  This enhances family well-being by increasing positive parent-child interactions and educating families about key child health behaviors via interactive learning.

"Make a special bedtime plan and do it every night."
- Wendy Hunter, M.D.
"Talk, read, and sing with your children all day, every day."
- Wendy Hunter, M.D.
"Breastfeed your baby for one year."
- Laura Wheeler, NP
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Bedtime Plan

Did you know that just like we teach our children how to ride a bike, we also have to teach them how to sleep? Children who get enough sleep behave and learn better. Learn how to help your child get the best sleep.

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Safe Sleep For Babies

Did you know that SIDS is the most common cause of death for babies from 1-month-old to 1 year of age? The most effective way to reduce the risk for SIDS is to place your baby on their back to sleep. Learn more about the ABC's for safe sleep.

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Breastmilk Is Best

Did you know mother’s milk helps babies fight colds, ear infections, and even diarrhea? Breastfeeding also reduces your baby’s risk for diseases when they are adults. Learn more about how breastfeeding helps both mother and baby live healthy lives.

Healthy teeth
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Healthy Teeth

Did you know that cavities are the most common disease in children and that children need strong teeth to eat, speak and grow healthy? Learn how to help your child develop and maintain great oral hygiene habits to last them a lifetime.

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Talk, Read, Sing

Did you know that just like your muscles get bigger when you exercise, the sound of words makes kids’ brains grow stronger? You are your child's first teacher. Learn why you should talk, read, and sing with your child every day.

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Drink Water

Did you know that three-quarters of a child's body is made of water? Kids need to drink lots of water and less sugary drinks to be healthy. Learn how to help your kids drink more water with these simple ideas.

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Parents' Experiences Affect Their Children

Did you know that our past experiences and how we cope with them affect how we take care of our children when we become parents? Learn healthy ways to respond to stress that can help you protect your children from the effects of your negative experiences.

The Health Stars innovative model has been bringing RCHSD clinicians into communities to enhance family mental/behavioral well-being by increasing positive parent child interactions and educating families about key child health behaviors via interactive learning sessions since 2017.  Evaluation findings to date indicate a promising practice and replicable model for success. With the onset of COVID-19, Health Stars rapidly converted to live, on-line sessions with topics modified to address parent concerns related to COVID-19. Parents have expressed great appreciation for these sessions and want this type of information to continue to be available.

To address the current needs of families and expand our reach, Health Stars introduced Growing Minds, a project that created clinician-lead videos to address timely topics related to child development, literacy, and family mental/behavioral health. Video content includes innovative, interactive techniques aimed at preventing behavioral health problems by focusing efforts on young children and demonstrating positive parent-child interaction and reading. To learn more about Growing Minds’ partner, RCHSD Transforming Mental Health Program (TMH), and our goal of complimenting their efforts and sharing a wide range of resources with an expanded target audience of RCHSD parents with children ages 0-8 click here. 

From the pediatrician’s office to your community. Growing Minds brings you resources that will help your children grow healthy. Learn more about each of our topics. Questions about the topics? Feel free to drop us a line.