- National Child Health Day was first observed in 1928
- The day raises awareness about how children’s health can be protected and developed
- The day does not have the status of a public holiday
Since May 18, 1928, the country has observed the National Child Health Day on the first Monday of October. The day highlights the care and guidance that children should receive from adults to uphold their health and overall well-being.
National Child Health Day was first observed in 1928 after President Calvin Coolidge issued a proclamation. Initially, the day was celebrated on May 1 but in 1960, it was changed to the first Monday in October. Ever since it is being observed on this day to raise awareness about how children’s health can be protected and developed in the right way.
Instead of being a national observance, the day still does not have the status of a public holiday.
Here’s How To Observe National Child Health Day At Home
It’s important to keep encouraging kids to try new things out. Here’s a list of ways families can observe the National Child Health Day 2020 at home and make the day memorable for kids.
The White House is at the forefront of safeguarding the physical and mental health of children across the nation. Here are four ways the White House is leading the way in observing the National Child Health Day 2020:
1. Empowering pregnant mothers, infants, and families with $100-million investment in Healthy Start
An initiative started in 1991, Healthy Start has since made things better for pregnant women, infants, and children. Under the program, funds are distributed to 15 minority communities in both urban and rural sites with infant mortality rates higher than the nation’s average.
2. Signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
COVID-19 has taken a toll on children’s mental health. In fact, the pandemic’s impact on their emotions is greater than that on their physical health. Children are also expected to increasingly develop feelings of isolation amid the nationwide lockdowns and school closures. The impact is grave for children from low-income families and minority communities. For these children, schools are their resources for complete meals and other basic needs that they don’t get from their own homes.
While schools have started to reopen to welcome back students, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in September saw a worrying increase in coronavirus cases among school-aged kids.
The administration has asserted that American children should not be left behind when it comes to their education. And with that, it signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES, in March.
3. Getting the kids ready for the coronavirus vaccine
Children may only qualify for coronavirus vaccines after trials on adults showed significant results as to the safety and effectiveness of the injections. Many experts believed that the government