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Bright Start

Feb 9, 2016

Family Engagement resource information on state policies and initiatives that impact infants, toddlers and their families

Bright Start is the South Dakota governor’s comprehensive early childhood/consumer education initiative to support early childhood physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development, parent education, and health care.

In 2016 the Bright Start comprehensive early childhood initiative included the following components:

Home Visitation 
Newborn Hearing Screenings 
Early Intervention Screenings 
Web Site 
Parent/Infant Welcome Box 
Responsive Parenting Seminars

The home visitation program targets expectant mothers and is designed to help them improve their health in order to give birth to healthy babies. Parents and prospective parents will receive home visits to learn how to care for their personal health needs, care for their child or children, stimulate their child’s development and provide a nurturing home environment.

Newborn hearing screenings, early intervention screenings and immunizations are all part of the effort to ensure a child’s bright start in life.

The Web site provides information that assists parents or caregivers in nurturing a child’s healthy development. Ages and stages information helps parents know what they can generally expect of their child at a specific age.

Learn more about South Dakota Bright Start at http://www.sdbrightstart.com/

Updated February 2016

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