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The Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, 2nd Edition contains the forms and handouts that health care professionals, as well as patients and families, need to perform the well-child visits and make them a productive and collaborative partnership to ensure the health and well-being of infants, children, youths, and families. The second edition builds on the original Toolkit’s system of integrated forms to streamline the well-child visit. This resource facilitates enhanced surveillance of patient and family health and well-being with an expanded Anticipatory Guidance section, extensively revised documentation, and educational handouts written in plain language to be clear and concise to patients and families.

This Toolkit helps ensure individualized care, giving opportunities for health care professionals to tailor care and anticipatory guidance.


The Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit, 2nd Edition, is dedicated to Paula Duncan, MD, FAAP. This edition of the tool and resource kit builds on her work as coeditor of its first edition and of Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, third and fourth editions. Without Dr Duncan’s energy, insight, and spirit, Bright Futures would not have achieved relevance for current pediatric practice. She firmly believed that “the heart of Bright Futures is establishing trust to build a therapeutic relationship,” and she championed and devoted her career to the use of strength-based approaches. Dr Duncan’s warmth, joyfulness, and ability to see the best in people enabled her to behold the innate strengths of families. It was her passion to teach health care professionals how to see families as she did and to serve them better. This focus on strengths and protective factors in the clinical encounter of preventive services is her essential contribution.

Judith S. Shaw, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAP

Joseph F. Hagan Jr, MD, FAAP

Michelle T. Shepard, MD, FAAP

Edward S. Curry, MD, FAAP

Jack T. Swanson, MD, FAAP

Kathryn M. Janies, American Academy of Pediatrics Staff Editor

The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to thank these individuals for all their invaluable guidance, participation, and dedication to the health and well-being of children everywhere.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine

  • Cynthia N. Baker, MD, FAAP

  • Kelley E. Meade, MD, FAAP


  • Vera Frances “Fan” Tait

    Chief Medical Officer

Child Health and Wellness Staff

  • Darcy Steinberg-Hastings, MPH

    Principal Investigator

  • Jane Bassewitz, MA

    Project Director, Bright Futures National Center

  • Bonnie Kozial

    Manager, Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention

Publishing Staff

  • Mary Lou White

    Chief Product and Services Officer/SVP, Membership, Marketing, and Publishing

  • Mark Grimes

    Vice President, Publishing

  • Peter Lynch

    Senior Manager, Digital Strategy and Product Development

  • Cheryl Firestone

    Manager, Digital Platforms and Product Delivery

  • Leesa Levin-Doroba

    Production Manager, Practice Management

  • Amanda Helmholz

    Medical Copy Editor

  • Maryjo Reynolds

    Marketing Manager, Practice Publications

  • Nicolle Schieffer

    Licensing Sales Specialist

JBS International, Inc.

  • Deborah S. Mullen

    Project Director

  • Anne Brown Rodgers

    Senior Science Writer and Editor

  • Amanda Schwartz, PhD

    Plain Language Specialist

Other Contributors

  • Richard Wasserman, MD, MPH, FAAP

    Professor of Pediatrics, Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

  • Wendy Davis, MD, FAAP

    Professor of Pediatrics, Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

  • Barbara Frankowski, MD, MPH, FAAP

    Professor of Pediatrics, Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Design and production provided by Wild Onion Design, Inc.


This project was supported, in part, by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U04MC07853, Bright Futures Pediatric Implementation Program. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position nor policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Suggested citation: Shaw JS, Hagan JF Jr, Shepard MT, Curry ES, Swanson JT, Janies KM, eds. Bright Futures Tool and Resource Kit. 2nd ed. Itasca, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2019

The recommendations in this publication do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate. Inclusion in this publication does not imply an endorsement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP is not responsible for the content of the resources mentioned in this publication. Web site addresses are as current as possible but may change at any time. © 2019 American Academy of Pediatrics. All rights reserved.

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