Your source for current, research-based information on well child care and child development, based on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures Guidelines for the Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents (2008).
Because a bright future is a healthy future!
What is Bright Futures?
Bright Futures is a framework and a set of expert guidelines, and a practical developmental approach to providing health supervision for children of all ages, from birth through adolescence.
Bright Futures is dedicated to the principle that every child deserves to be healthy and that optimal health involves a trusting relationship between the health professional, the child, the family, and the community as partners in health practice.
Bright Futures Mission
The mission of Bright Futures is to promote and improve the health, education, and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, families, and communities.
Bright Futures Project Goals
The goals of Bright Futures are to:
Foster partnerships between families, health professionals, and communities.
Promote desired social, developmental, and health outcomes of infants, children, and adolescents.
Increase family knowledge, skills, and participation in health-promoting and prevention activities.
Enhance health professionals' knowledge, skills, and practice of developmentally appropriate health care in the context of family and community.
Bright Futures Core Concepts
Bright Futures is based on the following core concepts:
Bright Futures promotes the following six core competencies:
Health Promotion & Injury Prevention
Education (Anticipatory Guidance)
For more information, see Henry Bernstein, DO, Bright Futures Work Group. as quoted in Green M. Palfrey JS, Clark EM Anastasi, JM, eds.2001: Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Second Edition, Pocket Guide: 2001 Update.
Background of Bright Futures Development
Initiated in 1990 and guided by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau, with additional program support from the Health Care Financing Administration's Medicaid Bureau.
Developed comprehensive health supervision guidelines with the collaboration of four interdisciplinary panels of experts in infant, child, and adolescent health.
Reviewed by nearly 1,000 practitioners, educators, and child health advocates throughout the United States.
Published Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents in 1994.
Launched Building Bright Futures in 1995 to implement the Bright Futures guidelines by publishing practical tools and materials and providing technical assistance and training.
Updated and revised the guidelines for publication in 2000 to incorporate current scientific knowledge in health practice.
The American Academy of Pediatrics revised and released the third edition of Bright Futures Guidelines in 2008.
Bright Futures Funding
Since its inception in 1990, Bright Futures has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
In 1994 the first edition of Bright Futures was published under the leadership of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Medicaid Bureau, Health Care Financing Administration, with the hope that "those who care for children can be more effective in disease prevention and health promotion." The second edition, published in 2000, builds on a successful model and incorporates updated scientific and expert opinion.
The Bright Futures guidelines were developed as goals to be pursued in the interest of improving child health.
The specific nature of these recommendations should prove useful to those working toward a brighter future for our nation's children-- child health professionals and ancillary staff, public and private insurers, health departments, community health centers,schools, child development programs, parents, educators, leaders of managed care organizations, and many others.
The guidelines support the Healthy People 2010 national health promotion and disease prevention objectives related to mothers, infants, children, and adolescents.