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Bright Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages


Available: 08/05/2021-08/04/2024


Price: $0.00
Member Price: $0.00


The main goals of this course are to provide pediatric health care professionals* the knowledge and skills to provide parental support and advice. Pediatric health care professionals can play a vital role in reinforcing parenting skills by providing developmentally appropriate parenting advice and support as well as modeling parenting skills during the health supervision visit. Teaching and reinforcing parenting skills in the course of a health supervision visit can be useful to address common behavioral concerns and ameliorate parental stress.

NOTE: For this content, the term pediatric health care professional encompasses pediatricians (pediatrician, pediatric medical subspecialist, and pediatric surgical specialist), nurse practitioners, and family medicine physicians.

Learning Objectives

This course is organized into 3 units. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

Unit 1: Bright Futures Framework and Core Principles

  • Identify the framework and core principles for Bright Futures health supervision visits
  • Utilize the Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, 2nd Edition (Toolkit) to provide guidance to parents during health supervision visits
  • Understand the potential impacts of social determinants of health and parental adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on parenting skills

Unit 2: Foundational Parenting Principles and Core competencies

  • Identify the foundational information to improve the understanding of key parenting principles and core competencies 

Unit 3: Parenting & Patient Anticipatory Guidance During Health Supervision Visits

  • Recognize target areas of concerns related to childhood developmental stages
  • Apply key concepts to various health supervision visit case scenarios

Course Details

  • Start Date: August 5, 2021
  • Online Access Expires: August 4, 2024
  • Credit Expires: August 4, 2024
  • Activity Type: Asynchronous Online Course
  • Course ID: 59449


This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $5,000,000 with 10 percent financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the US Government. For more information, please visit


Nerissa Bauer, MD, MPH, FAAP

Robert James Gillespie, MD, MHPE, FAAP

Laura K. Grubb, MD, MPH, FAAP

Course Reviewers:

Richard Chung, MD, FAAP

Andrew S. Garner, MD, PhD, FAAP

AAP Staff:

Hillary Haftel, MD, MHPE, FAAP

Rosalinda Saucedo MS, CHES

Kathryn Janies

Charlette Blackful, MS

Sondra Mayes, MS

Kathie Howard

Linda O’Brien

Medical Editor:

Debi Schepers

AAP Members: FREE

Non-Members: FREE

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

  • Enduring Materials

  • AAP Credit Only

  • AAP Credit


  • NAPNAP Credit Contact Hours

  • MOC

  • MOC Part 2


Physician - Bright Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The AAP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is acceptable for a maximum of 2.00 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the AAP.

This activity is approved for 2.00 points of MOC Part 2 credit by the American Board of Pediatrics through the AAP MOC Portfolio Program.  All approved activities must be completed by the MOC Credit Approval End Date. All deadlines and MOC point values should be confirmed by checking the ABP Activity Catalog within each physician’s ABP Portfolio. Consult your ABP portfolio at for details about your specific certification requirements. For questions about how to access this activity, contact

Allied Health Professional - Bright Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This program is accredited for 2.00 NAPNAP CE contact hours of which 0.00 contain pharmacology (Rx) content, (0.00 related to psychopharmacology) (0.00 related to controlled substances), per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Guidelines. The AAP is designated as Agency #A17. Upon completion of the program, each participant desiring NAPNAP contact hours must send a completed certificate of attendance to Payment of $15 for NAPNAP members and nonmembers is required via credit card for all NAPNAP contact hour requests. Keep this certificate for your records for six (6) years. Requests for duplicate certificates should be made to the AAP.

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