Bright Futures is a national health promotion and prevention initiative, led by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported, in part, by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)​, Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).

The Bright Futures Guidelines provide theory-based and evidence-driven guidance for all preventive care screenings and well-child visits. Bright Futures content can be incorporated into many public health programs such as home visiting, child care, school-based health clinics and many others. Materials developed especially for families are also available.​​​

Quality Improvement

Find information, tools and links to networks and resources for practitioners wishing to participate in quality improvement (QI) efforts. The information found here can be used at the practice level to address desired health outcomes of importance to the children and families in a particular practice, health care system, community or state.

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Implementation Stories

Speakers with state health departments, AAP Chapters, clinicians and others who work in the field of maternal and child health share their lessons learned about the use of the Bright Futures Guidelines, tools and related resources in brief audio records.

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Bright Futures eNews

See the latest in Bright Futures including new resources and opportunities by checking out our Bright Futures eNews page.

Contact Bright Futures

Find out how you can get in touch with us for more information about the Bright Futures National Center.

Highlights and Announcements

2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule is Now Available

The 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care, also known as the Periodicity Schedule, will be published in the July 2022 issue of Pediatrics (released online on June 21st). The Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule is updated annually. Be sure to check the date in the top right corner to ensure that you are referencing the most updated version.


June 21, 2022

2022 Coding for Pediatric Preventive Care Booklet is Available

In addition to the 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule, the 2022 Coding for Pediatric Preventive Care booklet has been revised and is available online and in print. This complementary resource contains comprehensive listings of codes and services that coincide with the 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule.

If you have questions about the 2022 Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule or 2022 Coding booklet or would like to receive a few hard copies to share with your clinics, colleagues, students, or families, contact us.


June 21, 2022

New Webinar Series: Systems of Care & Healthy Mental Development: Effective Strategies to Support CYSHCN in the Medical Home

The National Resource Center for Patient/Family-Centered Medical Home (NRC-PFCMH) is hosting a FREE 2-part webinar series examining the behavioral and mental health systems of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and the role of medical home within that system. Both episodes will include a Q&A opportunity and will highlight family experiences in navigating the system and partnering with their child’s pediatric health care pr​ofessional to support their behavioral and mental health care needs. ​

Episode 1 will feature the Nebraska Partnership for Mental Healthcare Access in Pediatrics and the University of Michigan Child Collaborative Consultation Program. Participants will learn how these 2 programs have addressed access to behavioral and mental health care for CYSHCN, in addition to the key partners and collaborators that support their respective programmatic efforts.
Friday, June 24 @ 11am CT

Episode 2 will feature pediatricians Marian Earls, MD, MTS, FAAP and Richard Antonelli, MD, MS, FAAP. Drs Earls and Antonelli will discuss how pediatricians and the medical home can support behavioral and mental health care for CYSHCN.
Thursday, June 30 @ 12pm CT



May 9, 2022

​New Pediatrics On Call Podcast: Integrating Mental Health into the Medical Home - Episode 111

In this Pediatrics On Call episode​, Rachel Moon, MD, FAAP, associate editor of digital media for the journal Pediatrics, shares a research roundup from the May issue. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk with Richard Chung, MD, FAAP, member of the AAP Committee on Adolescence as well as the Bright Futures Steering Committee, about ways to assess mental health of children and teens within the medical home. ​Listen here for all of the podcast episodes. ​​​

Pediatrics on Call Podcast


May 6, 2022

New PediaLink Course: Bright Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages

The Bright Futures National Center is excited to announce the launch of a new PediaLink course titled, Bright Futures - Building Positive Parenting Skills Across Ages​. The purpose of this course is to provide residents, nursing trainees and other pediatric health care professionals the knowledge and skills to provide parental support and advice. Pediatric health care professionals 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. This course includes scenarios to apply key concepts to address common behavioral concerns and ameliorate parental stress. The course is free to the general public, including non-AAP members. Learners who will only be required to create an AAP login (if they don't already) to obtain access to the course.


PediaLink Course


April 26, 2022

​New Resource: Blueprint for Youth Suicide Prevention​

Experts have joined forces to create this unique resource. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth aged 10 - 24 years. ​This Blueprint​ ​highlights suicide risk-reducing strategies for use in pediatric care and youth community settings. ​

AAP Resource


April 26, 2022