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Healthy Children is the only parenting Web site backed by 62,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Whether you’re looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities, our policies and guidelines, our publications and other child health resources, as well as much, much more. Best of all, you can rest assured that the information comes from the nation’s leading child health experts and that we have scientific research supporting our recommendations.


Even if no eye or vision problems are apparent, the American Optometric Association recommends scheduling your baby’s first eye assessment at 6 months. Things that the Optometrist will test for include:

  • excessive or unequal amounts of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism
  • eye movement ability
  • eye health problems

These problems are not common, but it is important to identify children who have them at this young age. Vision development and eye health problems are easier to correct if treatment begins early. InfantSEE®, a public health program, managed by Optometry Cares® – the AOA Foundation, is designed to ensure that eye and vision care becomes an essential part of infant wellness care to improve a child’s quality of life. Under this program, participating optometrists provide a comprehensive infant eye assessment between 6 and 12 months of age as a no-cost public service. Click here to learn more and locate a doctor in your area who can provide the free infant assessment .

Kids Central

The state has launched a new website for parents which offers resources in health, education, development and community support for children birth to 18 years of age. So, sign-up for email updates and take the school readiness pledge.

Knox County Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library wants to help you read with your child. Each child birth to five years of age will have books of his/her very own, at no cost to you. A new book will be mailed to your home each month until your child turns five years old. The books will continue as long as you live in Knox County. If you move, call toll free 1-877-99-books to make sure your child continues to receive books.


Tennessee’s Early Intervention System is a voluntary educational program for families with children birth through age two with disabilities and developmental delays.

Address: 2726 Island Home Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37920

Phone: (865) 579-3099

Fax: (865) 579-5033

Knox County Schools

Knox County Schools provides services to young children in a variety of ways. KCS is committed to providing high-quality comprehensive services and programs to prepare young children for life-long learning.

Click here to learn more about Knox County Schools.

Targets for Kindergarten Entry

A five-year-old with these skills is READY to succeed in school.

  Letters and Sounds:

  • Enjoys being read to and can retell a story
  • Recognizes letters (upper and lower case) and some letter sounds
  • Repeats the first sound in a word
  • Speaks in complete sentences
  • Prints his or her first name


  • Counts in order from 1-20
  • Recognizes numbers and quantities to 5
  • Names and sorts items by color, shape and size
  • Understands concepts such as more, less, same, above, below, big, small


  • Settles in to new groups or situations
  • Can concentrate on a task for 5 minutes
  • Follows simple directions
  • Shows kindness and concern for others
Reading together at least 20 minutes every day helps your child master these skills.

Have Questions?
Call: 865-215-5555

Need to report a public
health emergency?

Call 865-215-5093

On the first Wednesday of every month, all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

Clinics will also open at 10:30 a.m. (Main location) and 11 a.m. (West Clinic) on the following Wednesdays: April 17 and July 17. All other offices will open at 8 a.m.