Welcome to the Pueblo County Early Childhood Resource page. This page provides resources for parents and caregivers of young children in Pueblo County to help care and nurture the community’s youth.
It's important to promote physical and emotional wellness for young people by helping them to:
- Learn what a healthy relationship looks like.
- Identify personal relationship standards.
- Effectively communicate these standards to others.
This webpage is updated monthly. To suggest information to include, please email [email protected].
The prenatal period sets the stage for a child’s healthy start in this world. Taking care of yourself and your unborn baby while pregnant through regular prenatal care visits and making healthy choices can set both up for success after birth. It will also help a child’s ability to eat, move, grow, communicate, socialize, and learn once born.
Family Planning includes planning pregnancies, including the time between pregnancies, and preventing unwanted pregnancies by using a contraceptive method, such as birth control. Family Planning also includes physical and emotional health associated with sexuality.
Physical health can be improved by:
- Eating healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Engaging in routine exercise.
- Avoiding use of nicotine-containing products, drugs, and alcohol.
- Being aware of the risk for breast and cervical cancer.
- Obtaining routine health screenings.
- Being aware of the risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and receiving testing or treatment when appropriate.
Individuals that are emotionally healthy with their sexuality:
- Communicate openly with partners.
- Observe and honor sexual rights of others.
Visit the Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment’s Go Ask Tara website for information about sexual health, birth control, STIs, and pregnancy for young people and adults.
Birth (Zero to Two Years Old)
The weeks and months after delivery can bring questions for even the most experienced parents. During this time, parents should focus on four basics: self-care, sleep, feeding, and bonding with the baby. Although these seem easy to remember, sometimes parents need support and help figuring things out. Don’t be afraid to seek help, whether baby-related or personal.
Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment offers low-cost vaccinations to families of children up to age 19 through a program called Vaccines for Children, or the VFC program. This program provides vaccines for children on Medicaid, children who are underinsured or uninsured, or those that are Alaskan Native/American Indian. The health department also offers vaccines to children with CHP+ or private insurance.
Vaccines protect against disease and keep children healthy. Getting vaccinated is an important part of childhood. If vaccines are given according to schedule, children are protected against fourteen different vaccine-preventable diseases by the age of two.
- Influenza (Flu)
- Haemophilus Influenza B
- Hepatitis A and B
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Vaccines for Preteens and Teens
Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) is a required booster for middle school. The first dose of HPV and meningococcal vaccines are recommended for kids between ages 11 and 12. HPV protects against cervical and certain other cancers. Meningococcal conjugate and meningococcal B vaccines protect against meningitis and are recommended for teenagers going to college.
How Vaccines Work
Vaccinations come in two forms: inactivated and live virus.
Inactivated vaccines use the killed version of the virus being vaccinated for. These vaccines cannot cause disease. The child’s immune system is exposed to small doses of the inactive virus, which slowly allows the body to start building protection, or immunity, against that virus.
Live virus vaccines such as measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), and varicella (chickenpox), contain a weakened virus designed to stimulate the child’s immune response.
Vaccines are the safest, most effective way to prevent these diseases from reappearing and spreading again. Minor side effects from shots such as pain at the injection site and low-grade fever are common but resolve quickly and can be treated at home.
Many misconceptions related to vaccines exist. If you have any questions or need further guidance, contact your primary care provider or the health department at 719-583-4380.
Early Childhood - Youth
Forming caring, nurturing relationships and experiences in the early years of life is an important part of raising a child. To help an early learner, talk to them, keep them moving, give them a variety of sensory experiences, and teach them social skills. This combination of activities makes connections in the developing brain, which can lead to success in school and life beyond that. It is important that this is provided by all involved caregivers.
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