August is Child Health and Safety Month!

As parents, we all want what’s best for our children, especially when it comes to their health and safety. Whether it’s keeping your children safe while traveling, ensuring they have healthy food to eat, or are able to spend time with their peers, CCHD can help!

Vehicle Safety

The State of Montana requires that ALL children MUST be riding in and correctly using an appropriate child safety restraint system. Children under age six or weighing less than 60 pounds must be in a car seat or booster seat; older children must be wearing a seat belt. Individuals that do not provide or use child restraints can be fined or even charged with child endangerment. Do what you can to ensure that your children are properly buckled in. Call Mary Kay Burns at 452-0881 x304 or Deb Misener at 454-6953 to make an appointment for a car seat safety check.

Peer and Parent Interaction

Children learn more between the time they are born until age five than they do at any other time in their lives. This makes a parent children’s first and most influential teacher. CCHD’s Parents as Teachers program aims to assist families in giving their children a solid education foundation for their preschool years. Parents as Teachers staff also recognize that peer interaction is good for children and parents both! Parents as Teachers offers monthly socializations that give parents an opportunity to meet, visit and offer one another encouragement and advice. The children get this opportunity to play with one another, their parents and Parent Educators. These events are held on the last Thursday of every month in different locations with different themes and activities planned. To learn more about these events, call Katherine at 791-5435.

Healthy Food

Getting our kids to eat healthy can be a challenge, but WIC can help. Eligible women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or recently had a baby and infants and children at nutritional risk may be offered food benefits. These benefits give women and children access to a number of different healthy foods, including fruits and vegetables. WIC Nutrition Educators can also give parents tips on different ways to prepare food, how to deal with “picky eaters” and provide you with more specific information on your particular nutritional needs. Call the WIC office at 454-6953 or visit the WIC program online. You can also email specific questions to the WIC office: wic@cascadecountymt.gov.