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Every child should grow up healthy and resilient.
BestStart Washington aims to give them that chance.

BestStart Washington gives children their best start toward lifelong success and resilience by working to improve their physical health, emotional wellbeing and academic achievement. Founded and governed by pediatricians, BestStart Washington collaborates with community pediatricians, families and other partners to develop and fund innovative programs that give children the best possible start on healthy and productive lives.

What’s New

A new name, a focused mission

Community Pediatric Foundation of Washington has been renamed as BestStart Washington to better reflect our focus on advancing the health and wellbeing of children. We are committed to moving forward deliberately and strategically to engage others in our mission as we work to address critical health and development issues facing Washington children.

 

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Children’s Health News

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Fighting Chronic Disease
The Heckman Equation
Posted: May 1, 2014
New research from economist James Heckman and colleagues shows that quality early childhood programs that incorporate health and nutrition help prevent adult chronic disease.

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Physician Recommendation Key to HPV Vaccine Coverage
Family Practice News
Posted: January 27, 2014

“Better vaccine coverage of adolescents against HPV infection hinges on physicians and other health care professionals both recommending the vaccine and educating patients and parents about its importance, according to a report published online Nov. 25 in JAMA Pediatrics.”

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Help Your Children Manage Media Use, Experts Urge
HealthDay
Posted: January 24, 2014

“American children and teens have almost constant exposure to a wide range of media — such as smart phones, social media and television — and kids’ use of such media must be carefully managed, child experts say.”