About Bright Futures

The American Academy of Pediatrics publishes Bright Futures to promote the health, education and wellbeing of children, families, and communities.

The heart of Bright Futures is up-to-date expert children’s health information covers health and wellness from birth though adolescence. Bright Futures also focuses on the relationship between social, developmental, and health outcomes for children of all ages. And it reflects the core concepts that

  • Every child deserves to be healthy
  • Prevention works
  • Families matter
  • Health is everyone’s business.

The American Academy of Pediatrics develops Bright Futures for pediatricians and other health and human service providers. These professionals then share this information with the children and families they serve.

But Bright Futures is also a resource for families and others interested in children’s health information. An important part of Bright Futures is guidelines that parents can use as they care for their growing child.


Bright Futures views children as members of a family and community. This is known as family-centered health care.

Family-centered care recognizes that the family is the principal caregiver, center of support, and expert in their child’s care. As part of this approach, Bright Futures

  • acknowledges parents’ role in their children’s health
  • recognizes that children’s health is based in the family
  • equips families to take charge of their children’s health.

By doing so, Bright Futures increases families’ health care knowledge and skills. It also encourages families to participate in health promoting and prevention activities.

Finally, Bright Futures helps to create partnerships between families and their children’s health care providers. This may also lead to improved children’s health outcomes.

A bright future

Bright Futures presents a holistic view of children’s health that links research and practice-as well as a child’s growth, health, and development-to life within the family.

This approach benefits families, health professionals and communities alike. Bright Futures continues to help improve children’s health by providing expert health information for family-centered care.