Infant and Children's Health
Keep Your Medi-Cal!
Are you a Medi-Cal Member?
Medi-Cal is currently reviewing ALL beneficiaries for continued benefits. Make sure your family’s contact information is up-to-date and report any changes in your household (especially pregnancy!)
Health is about more than not being sick. Kids thrive when they have regular healthcare and dental care, good school programs, excellent childcare, healthy food and healthy activities.
Sonoma County Maternal Child and Adolescent Health is dedicated to promoting physical, social, and emotional health and well-being for pregnant persons, children, adolescents, and their families through information, education, and resources. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, and anti-racist values. All community members are welcome and safe to use our services.
Newborn Check List
Birth Certificate, check. Medi-Cal, check. Kisses, check.
- Get ready for your new arrival- learn more about health insurance for your growing family at Covered California.
- Are you already a Medi-Cal Member? Fill out and send in the Newborn Referral Form (English) or Formulario de Información de Recién Nacidos (español) to make sure your baby is automatically covered for 12 months.
- Download the form to get a certified birth certificate in Sonoma County.
Sonoma County is a breastfeeding friendly community.
- Need breastfeeding support right now? Find support here.
- Need donor breastmilk? Learn more here.
- Visit our breast/chestfeeding page to learn more about your breastfeeding rights and to find resources for breastfeeding support in person and virtual.
- The Sonoma County Breastfeeding Coalition Mission is to educate and empower women to breastfeed; to encourage breastfeeding-friendly attitudes, policies, and images in the community; to promote unity among breastfeeding professionals and advocates; and to increase public awareness of the value of breastfeeding. Learn more on their website.
Childhood immunizations protect kids from many dangerous diseases.
- Learn more about the recommended vaccinations for kids from birth to age 6 in English and in Spanish. Learn more about vaccinations for kids ages 7-18 in English and in Spanish.
- KidsHealth has information about childhood vaccinations in English and Spanish, and even helps you comfort your baby during shots!
- Questions about COVID vaccines for kids 6 months & older? HealthyChildren.org has the answers you are looking for from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Worried about the cost of vaccinations? The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program can help!
Kids should have their first dental visit around 6 months (or when they get their first tooth, whichever happens first) and every 6 months after that!
- Sonoma County Magical Smiles is here to help you connect with a dentist, learn about healthy snacks for healthy smiles, and how to help your kids with family brushing parties and brushing calendars.
- Medi-Cal covers kids dental visits. Learn more about covered services and find a Medi-Cal dentist at Smile California for kids.
- Dental Emergency or trouble finding a dentist? Use the Find a Dentist Tool.
- Visit First 5 Sonoma County to find low-cost dental care.
Eat healthy meals together for better physical and emotional health.
- Use the Redwood Empire Food Bank Food Finder to find free groceries, prepared meals, and even free diapers. They can help you apply for Cal Fresh assistance too!
- Use the Sonoma County Office of Education Free School Lunch Map for pickup locations and more information about free meals for kids.
- The Sonoma County WIC Programs provide access to free healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other local resources.
- The Cal Fresh program provides monthly benefits to help you buy groceries you need to be healthy. Learn more here: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Many local Farmer’s Markets give you bonus bucks if you use WIC or Cal Fresh. Learn more about local Farmers Markets that accept Cal Fresh.
- Learn about the "Magic" of the Family Dinner at The Family Dinner Project.
- The Sonoma County Family YMCA is an inclusive, charitable organization that enriches community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Their programs include Childcare, Teen Leadership, Camps, Team Sports, and Family Programs. The YMCA offers payment plans from monthly to annual and a financial assistance program.
- Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks provides recreation programming supporting health and wellness and building community for participants of all ages and abilities.
- Play, Learn and Camp at a Sonoma County Regional Park. Low cost annual vehicle entry passes are available for Sonoma County Residents with low income.
- Sonoma County LandPaths is an environmental education and conservation leader with the mission of fostering a love of the land in Sonoma County. LandPaths is committed to equity in the outdoors and all their programs are free or sliding scale, or offer scholarships, and all are led by diverse participants.
- You can’t beat the Sonoma County Library for fun activities! Visit the Calendar of Events or Subscribe to Library Newsletters to make sure you don’t miss anything. Classes and events from Anime to Sewing, Reading to a Dog, and Storytime at the Park!
- The Children’s Museum of Sonoma County inspires curiosity and creativity through joyful, transformative experiences, including their regular exhibits and special events. They offer a variety of memberships and admission options including discounts for WIC and Cal Fresh card holders, and free admission through the Sonoma County Library Discover and Go program. The Museum has an Open Door Policy and will not turn anyone away due to a lack of funds.
- Community Child Care Council (4C’s) Provides referrals to licensed childcare providers for all Sonoma County families and supports access to quality childcare for low income families.
- Children and Family Circle (CFC) Is a state-funded, private non-profit agency providing free or low-cost child care and support services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.
- Sonoma County Child Care Association Assisting parents and caregivers by providing qualified, professional child care referrals.
- River to Coast Child Care Services Childcare support for West County residents.
- Boys and Girls Clubs offer high-quality after-school care and enrichment in partnership with local school districts.
- North Bay Children's Center Ensuring that all children have access to critical early learning experiences. Programs for infants, toddlers, pre-school and before and after school.
- Head Start and Early Head Start Serving children (prenatal to 5 years old) from low income families with high quality home and community-center based programs.
- MyChild Care Plan is a partnership of child care resource and referral agencies across California. They offer an easy to search directory and a glossary of child care programs, philosophies, and terms.
For home visiting programs supporting Early Childhood Education see our Home Visiting Resources.
Did you know kids spend about 1,000 hours a year in school?
- The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education is to foster student success. Check out their website to learn more about Sonoma County scools.
- The Sonoma County Library offers Early Literacy programs, a Homework Center and more!
- You are your child’s first and most important teacher! Learn and play together at Pasitos Playgroups for parents and their children 18 months to 4 years.
- Avance is for parents of children 0-3. Learn about child development and parenting, how to make toys for your child and engage them in learning activities.
- Make the first step toward college for your kids, learn more about the free CalKIDS Investment and Development Savings Program. All participants receive a seed deposit up to $1,500 to help pay for future education after high school.
Even kids sometimes struggle with sadness, loss, and troubling thoughts. Support is available for kids.
- The Child Parent Institute provides child and family counseling and parenting classes.
- Sonoma County Mental Health Services provides mental health support for youth and families.
- The California Healthy Minds Thriving Kids Project has a series of free, evidence based video and print resources caregivers can use to teach kids from elementary through high school critical mental health and coping skills.
All kids should receive regular developmental assessments at their doctor well child visits starting at 2 months of age.
- Download the CDC milestone tracker app to learn more about developmental milestones and track your child's development.
- The Early Learning Institute can help you learn more about Developmental Assessments. You can also complete a free developmental Ages and Stages Questionnaire screening for your child on their website.
- Sign up for Text4Baby to get weekly updates on your cell phone letting you know about your baby's developmental milestones.
Injuries are the leading cause of death in children ages 19 and younger. But most child injuries can be prevented. Parents and caregivers can play a life-saving role in protecting children from injuries.
- Learn more about child safety at the CDC Child Safety website.
- To reduce the risk of sleep-related infant deaths the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all caregivers learn about safe infant sleep.
- Sonoma County offers support for families who have suffered the loss of a child during pregnancy, in infancy, and beyond. Please see our website or call us at (800) 427-8982.
- Sonoma County partners with the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs) to provide free car seats to low income families who cannot otherwise afford a car seat. Our goal is to reduce the number of injuries from motor vehicle crashes by increasing the correct usage of car seats. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our bilingual schedulers: Maria Lopez 707-522-1413 x 151 or Sandra Lemus 707-522-1413 X133.
- Not sure if your child's car seat is correctly installed? The Santa Rosa Area office of the California Highway Patrol can help with a free car seat installation check. Call 707-588-1400. The CHP Area office is located at 6100 Labath Avenue, Rohnert Park.
Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs
California serves families of children and youth who have one or more chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions to ensure optimal health and quality of life for all children and their families.
- California Children’s Services is a state program for children and youth with special healthcare needs. This program will connect you with doctors and trained health care people.
- North Bay Regional Center provides early intervention support for infants and toddlers with disabilities, and children’s services for kids over 3 years.
- Matrix supports families of children with special needs through a parent network and a resource center.
Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP)
CHDP can provide your family with assistance for medical appointment scheduling, transportation and access to treatment services. This program is free to all children covered under Medi-Cal