Dear Parents and Caregivers,

The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP), an organization of pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and other pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses committed to teaching parents and children why being healthy matters, writes Ready, Set, Grow (Raising Healthy Kids) just for you. For 45 years, our members have been providing families like yours with high-quality healthcare. They have a wealth of knowledge to share with you inside these pages.

As you read through this edition, you’ll find answers to the questions most parents and caregivers have about kids’ health. Use this publication to learn about nutrition and fitness, growth and development, safety and many other health issues crucial to families.

I encourage you to visit our website’s special section for families,, for online resources on a wide variety of child health and family wellness topics, including our pediatric health conditions library, which has a free mobile app for you to download, too.

Let us know your thoughts about this issue. Email me at

Happy and healthy reading.






Dawn L. Garzon Maaks, PhD, CPNP-PC, PMHS, FAANP

President, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

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