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Children - Birth to Six Years of Age

ActionAlert Safe Sleep
Infants and children one year of age and younger are particularly vulnerable to injury and death when safe sleep practices are not followed. DHS issued the pdf.gif ActionAlert - Safe Sleep Education and the pdf.gif Safe Sleep Leave-behind Flyer to inform staff and caregivers about these dangers and how to reduce them.

Breastfeeding Helpline 412-687-2243
A new phone number is now in effect for the Allegheny County Health Department's Breastfeeding Helpline, 412-687-ACHD (2243). It answers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Breastfeeding mothers with questions or problems can access the Helpline to obtain accurate information, sound advice and supportive guidance from specially trained experts who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants. The Breastfeeding Helpline refers all calls to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who will respond the same day or the next business day. if the call comes in after regular business hours. 

Early Intervention Programs
Provides supports and services to infants/toddlers and young children up to three years of age who have a developmental delay or are at risk for developmental delay.

Pennsylvania’s Safe Haven Law
ALL hospitals in Pennsylvania are Safe Havens. If a parent cannot properly take care of his or her newborn (up to 28 days old), they are permitted to take the infant to any hospital and leave him or her there, in the care of hospital staff. Parents will not have to talk to anyone. They will not get into any trouble as long as the baby is unharmed and not a victim of any crime. No one will ask any questions or make judgments. When a baby is left at the hospital s/he is in safe hands. A doctor will examine the baby and provide any medical care. Then the local child welfare system will take custody of the baby and find him/her a loving family. For more information visit the World Wide Web Icon Safe Haven website or call 1-866-921-SAFE (7233).

Safe Start 
Improves outcomes for children who witness violence either in their homes or communities. Safe Start provides trainings to professionals and families about how to recognize the effect witnessing violence has on young children and how to assist them in processing their responses. 

Text4baby
Text4baby sends pregnant women and new mothers helpful mom and baby health information for FREE to their phones as a text message.  

World Wide Web Icon University of Pittsburgh, Office of Child Development 

Related Printed Materials

pdf.gif A Parent's Handbook 
This handbook is provided to every family as they enter the child welfare system.  It details the rights and responsibilities of the parents, court and child welfare system. It also provides an overview of what can be expected when involved with CYF. (Disponible en español, por debajo de) 

Home Alone –  Is your child ready? 
Helps parents think about all the factors that are important when deciding if a child is ready to be left home alone. (Disponible en español, por debajo)

pdf.gif Manual para Padres
Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. En él se detallan los derechos y responsabilidades de los padres, los tribunales y sistema de bienestar infantil. También proporciona una visión general de lo que se puede esperar cuando se involucren con CYF.

Solo en casa – ¿Estu listo tu hijo?
Ayuda a los padres pensar en todos los factores que son importantes al decidir si un niño está listo para ser dejado solo en casa.