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Department of Health Services

Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health

Infant and Children's Health

Five babies in diapers

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

    New parents kissing baby Birth Certificate, check. Medi-Cal, check. Kisses, check.


    mother breastfeeding baby 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.


    Young woman with mask showing off vaccine bandaid 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? 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!

    Dental Health

    Two kids demonstrating how to brush teeth 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.

    Healthy Food

    Family having a healthy meal Eat healthy meals together for better physical and emotional health.

    Healthy Activities

    Four kids examining nature with a magnifying glass Lower Stress (yours and the kids) by going outside and getting active!

    • 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.


    Three kids in preschool Check out the resources below for support finding childcare providers in Sonoma County for kids of any age.

    • 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.


    Two kids with masks touching elbows 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?

    Behavioral Health

    six young friends smiling Even kids sometimes struggle with sadness, loss, and troubling thoughts. Support is available for kids.

    Developmental Assessments

    Baby putting rings on a stick 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. 


    Baby sleeping in a crib 

    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.
    • 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

    Three disabled kids blowing bubbles 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.