Mayor Muriel Bowser 

Maternal and Child Health

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Maternal Health

DC Healthy Start Project

DC Healthy Start Project aims to improve birth outcomes and the health and development of children from infancy into early childhood. The program provides:

  • FREE Pregnancy Testing
  • Depression Screening
  • Substance Abuse Screening
  • Domestic Violence Screening
  • Child Development Assessments
  • Case Management
  • Male Support Services
  • Parents as Teachers Curriculum
  • Health Education
  • Home Visits by a Nurse and Family Support Worker
  • Curbside Mobile Health Services

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow (HMG) is a national program that systematically connects at-risk children with the services they need. Early detection and connection to services lead to the best outcomes for children with developmental or behavioral challenges. However, families, child health care, early care and education, and human service providers often have difficulty recognizing early signs of developmental or behavioral concerns. Even when needs are identified, finding programs designed to address those needs can be confusing and time-consuming.

HMG is a simple solution that builds on existing resources to identify at-risk children and connect families with community-based programs and services. HMG does not provide direct services—the program provides improved access to existing resources and builds collaboration across sectors, including child health care, early care and education, and family support.

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. To help, CDC has developed free, easy-to-use milestone trackers, and other helpful information about early development. “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” materials are available in English, Spanish and some other languages. FREE materials include:

If you have questions or would like to learn how to integrate “Learn the Signs. Act Early” messages and materials into your organization, please contact, Yetta Myrick, CDC’s Act Early Ambassador to the District of Columbia at [email protected].

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Infant Health

Safe Sleep Program

Through the Safe Sleep Program, DC residents can get Pack 'n Plays for their infant to ensure safe sleep patterns. Putting a baby to sleep face up in a crib reduces the chance of death caused by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), suffocation and roll over deaths related to infants sharing a bed with parents or other children.

Newborn Hearing Screening Program

The Newborn Hearing Screening Program provides all infants born in the District with a newborn hearing screening and follow-up care for screenings that indicate abnormalities. This project is supported in part by the District of Columbia Department of Health Community Health Administration and The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides residents of Washington, DC with federal financial support for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (SNAP-Ed) offers behavior-based health and wellness educational activities to families in Washington, DC. SNAP-Ed aims to prevent obesity by promoting increased consumption of healthy foods and daily physical activity for SNAP-eligible residents.


Cooperative Play

Through the Cooperative Play Program, young children ages 18 months through 4 years old* are introduced to a structured play setting with activities that engage the whole child—mentally, socially, physically, and emotionally—in preparation for entering the formal education system. Emphasis is placed on socialization such as learning to take turns; cognitive growth through music, painting, and cutting; and gross motor development by running and jumping. The 2017-2018 Cooperative Play Program sites and ages are listed below. Visit the Registration & Enrollment Eligibility page to ensure your child meets all of the program's enrollment & eligibility requirements.

18 - 29 months locations:

  • Banneker Community Center (originally located at Harrison Rec Center)
  • Chevy Chase Recreation Center
  • Columbia Heights Community Center
  • ** Harrison Recreation Center has been permanently moved to Banneker Community Center
  • Raymond Recreation Center
  • Rose Park Recreation Center
  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center
  • Volta Park Recreation Center

2½ - 4 years old locations:

  • Chevy Chase Community Center
  • Columbia Heights Community Center
  • Hearst Recreation Center
  • Guy Mason Recreation Center
  • Kennedy Recreation Center
  • Mitchell Park Recreation Center
  • Volta Park Recreation Center

Participants must be 18 months old or 2½ years old by September 30 in order to enroll in the Cooperative Play Program.

* Locations are subject to change.