Bright Futures for Providers

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Bright Futures is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that seeks to improve the health and well-being of children through culturally competent approaches to addressing both current and emerging health promotion needs at the family, clinical practice, community, health system, and policy levels. ICAAP is partnering with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to promote Bright Futures as a standard of care in Illinois, to assist in integrating Bright Futures into state programs, and to improve awareness of Bright Futures among primary care providers, families, and advocates.

Bright Futures supplies many resources to healthcare providers to help them understand and implement the recommendations found in the Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition.  This page includes links to many such resources, including the periodicity schedule, visit forms, and other tools and resources designed for healthcare providers to use in practice.

Resources For Providers

Bright Futures Third Edition Guidelines

The Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Third Edition, released in 2008 provides detailed information on well-child care for health care practitioners, and is considered the gold standard for pediatric care.

Performing Preventive Services Handbook

The Performing Preventive Services Handbook is designed to accompany the Bright Futures Guidelines.  It provides the most effective way for providers to administer the preventive services recommended by Bright Futures and the AAP.

Bright Futures Pocket Guide

The Bright Futures Pocket Guide breaks down the Third Edition Guidelines into their most basic form.  The pocket guide includes the most essential information from the guidelines for quick reference.

Bright Futures/AAP Periodicity Schedule

This periodicity schedule shows the Bright Futures and AAP recommendations for screenings, risk assessments, and other services that should be performed at each well-child visit from the prenatal stage through age 21.

Tool and Resource Kit

The Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit includes pre-visit questionnaires, visit documentation forms, parent/patient education handouts, supplemental questionnaires, and medical screening reference tables.  All the documents are available on AAP’s Bright Futures Web site for reference, but may also be purchased from the AAP Bookstore.

HFS Handbook for Providers of Healthy Kids Services and Appendices

The HFS Handbook is a guide for providers who participate in health care programs funded or administered by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).  The handbook states HFS policy with the instructions to enable providers to determine which participants are covered, submit proper billings for services, and make inquiries when required to obtain clarification.

Bright Futures EQIPP Course

The Bright Futures EQIPP course is designed to help providers use baseline practice measurements to identify opportunities to utilize Bright Futures policy.  The course costs $199 and provides 34 CME credits.  After following the link, click the register button next to Bright Futures on the left side of the page.

AAP Online Bookstore

The American Academy of Pediatric bookstore offers many helpful and informative materials for providers.  Many of the Bright Futures books and documents listed on this page are available for purchase through the AAP online bookstore.


For more information about ICAAP’s active Child Development Initiatives, visit the Child Development webpage.