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AAP Early Literacy Policy Statement and Toolkit

Research, including the AAP’s recent policy statement on early literacy, shows that talking, reading and singing with young children starting at birth builds strong and healthy parent-child relationships, fosters early language skills and promotes children’s brain development. Yet, fewer than half of children younger than five years old are read to daily in the United States. In addition, children from higher-income families hear up to 30 million more words than children from lower-income families, resulting in a word gap, or disparity between words children hear and learn from birth to age four.

The Books Build Connections toolkit, available online at, provides updated resources for pediatricians and guidance for families on the importance of talking, reading out loud, and singing to children every day starting in infancy. The toolkit contains tip sheets, parent handouts and other publications in easy-to-use, mobile-friendly formats, including:

  • Concrete ways pediatric health professionals can promote early literacy in their practice and community;
  • Background for pediatric professionals on the science of early literacy;
  • Parent-friendly tips on sharing books with children at specific ages and stages of development, from birth through age 10;
  • Advice for parents on “the secret to a smarter baby”;
  • Recommendations on choosing books for children based on age and topic, including examples of specific titles;
  • Tips from doctors on reading with very young children, including the 5 Rs of early education.

Screening for ACEs

Studies suggest that early identification of children exposed to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) provides an opportunity to treat and support families to help mitigate the effects on children and reduce their long-term risk of poor health and mental health outcomes. Learn how clinics can successfully screen for ACEs using the CYW ACE-Q.

Newborn Screening

Minnesota Department of Health - Newborn Screening Information for Health Care Providers
Includes FAQs, specimen collection, disorder information, results and communicating to parents.

Minnesota Early Hearing Detection & Intervention - Tools to improve communication among EHDI providers and between providers and families. Providers can review the hearing screening follow-up process and common myths.

CATCH Grant Funding

Grants of up to $12,000 for pediatricians and $3,000 for pediatric residents are available through AAP's Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program in support of innovative initiatives that will ensure all children, especially underserved children, have medical homes and access to health services not otherwise available in their communities. Several Minnesota pediatricians have been awarded CATCH grants in recent years. Applications are accepted twice per year for planning, implementation and resident grants. Have an idea but aren't sure if it would be funded? Run it past Brian Lynch , MD, FAAP, the chapter's CATCH grant facilitator. 

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ACA: Providing Health Insurance to 50 or Fewer Employees

The ACA provides health insurance coverage options for small business owners (those with 50 or fewer employees), such as pediatric practices. This document developed by AAP is designed to help pediatricians understand their options for covering their employees and discuss how they may possibly qualify for related tax credits.

Pediatric Practices

The AAP Practice Support Page, the online home to pediatric practice operations resources, has been recently upgraded to include new resources for AAP members on the business of pediatrics. The ‘Business of Pediatrics’ section provides information about the ever changing landscape of the pediatric marketplace and resources for members to utilize in responding to these changes, so members can make better informed business and career decisions. Please visit the Practice Support page at

Pediatric Practice Managers

The Pediatric Practice Managers Alliance (PPMA) empowers practice administrators and managers to run effective and efficient pediatric organizations. PPMA membership is open to all clinic and practice managers by joining the Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM) as an affiliate member and includes access to members-only content throughout the AAP Web site, a robust Listserv®, newsletter, webinars, educational programs, and subscription to AAP News. For more information and to join visit