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September 2000Vol. 1, No. 6National Child Health Day Will Focus on Early Childhood Development

Early childhood development will be the theme for National Child Health Day, scheduled for October 2, 2000, according to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

"With the slogan 'Mission 2000: Early Childhood, Launching Healthy Futures,' this year's activities will focus on the physical, mental and social development of children ages 0-5," said Peter C. van Dyck, M.D., M.P.H., HRSA associate administrator for maternal and child health. "We'll emphasize the ways families, schools, and communities can help children achieve their full potential during these critical years."

This year's National Child Health Day will include information on early childhood development, nutrition, safe child care, and injury and violence prevention. Held the first Monday of every October, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the day more than 70 years ago.

For more information and public awareness materials on National Child Health Day, visit the websites of these sponsors:

Maternal and Child Health Bureau: (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)

American Health Foundation: (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)

A 2000 Child Health Day Kit is also available from the National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse at 888-434-4624.