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Category Archives: Children & Families

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 17

Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

Massachusetts was among the first places in the world to eliminate smallpox through the use of vaccines, according to the state’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response, and Services. With this precedent in mind, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (HHS) created   …Continue Reading Childhood Vaccination Schedule and Requirements in Massachusetts

The Importance of Early Learning Posted on Apr 10

The Importance of Early Learning

A mind-boggling fact: During the first years of a child’s life, his or her brain will form more than 700 neural connections every second. Acknowledging that every moment in a young child’s life can be an opportunity to make the most of his or her   …Continue Reading The Importance of Early Learning

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Posted on Apr 9

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Every child has the right to a happy, healthy life. Children’s safety is not only a main concern for parents and caregivers, but for the Commonwealth as well. The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) partners with families and communities to protect children from abuse and neglect   …Continue Reading Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children Posted on Apr 1

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Struggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a   …Continue Reading Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home Posted on Mar 27

How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Poisoning is a serious issue in the United States, especially for young children. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center receives a phone call reporting exposure to toxic chemicals or substances, and more than 90 percent of these occurrences happen at home, according to the   …Continue Reading How to Prevent Poisonings in Your Home

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children Posted on Mar 19

Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

According to the Office of Oral Health, a division of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Approximately 48 percent of third graders in the Commonwealth have experienced tooth decay, which can affect more than their   …Continue Reading Three Ways to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast Posted on Mar 18

Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

School breakfast gets an A+, according to the Breakfast for Learning report conducted by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). A healthy morning meal at school helps improve children’s academic performance, from their scores on standardized tests to their memory and comprehension. In addition, well-fed   …Continue Reading Start Your Child’s Day with a Healthy School Breakfast

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here Posted on Feb 25

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

It might feel as though winter will never end in Massachusetts, but there’s already one sure sign of an imminent thaw — maple sugaring season. Farmers across the state are getting ready for the warmer days but still-freezing nights that get the sap running, usually   …Continue Reading Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease Posted on Feb 20

Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than half a million Americans die from heart disease, making it the number one cause of death for both men and women. The Commonwealth strives to educate and inform residents about the   …Continue Reading Take Care of Your Heart: Prevent Heart Disease

Special Education Resources for Massachusetts Parents Posted on Feb 18

Special Education Resources for Massachusetts Parents

Massachusetts parents of children with learning disabilities can find special education resources through their local public school district or through the Executive Office of Education (EDU) — primarily at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) — to ensure their child receives an education   …Continue Reading Special Education Resources for Massachusetts Parents