Pediatric and Well Child

A team of pediatricians, family physicians, and nurse practitioners provide routine physical exams and management of acute and chronic illnesses in our child-friendly pediatric wing stocked with gently used, donated books.

The Pediatric Team team works with a dedicated staff of nurses and clinical assistants to provide care for more than 4,500 infants, children, and adolescents. This includes 1,500 children under the age of 5 who are registered for Well Baby Care. Fair Haven provides well baby exams and immunizations for these patients.

Fair Haven’s innovative early literacy program, Reach Out and Read (ROR) encourages healthy child development and an early love of reading. Children receive a new, age and language appropriate book at each well child visit from 6 months to five years of age. Books include favorites such as Goodnight Moon in English and Spanish. Parents are encouraged to share these books with their children in any capacity they are capable. With additional contributions of new and gently used books from friends, volunteers, the Connecticut ROR Coalition, and New Haven Reads, we are able to offer a book to every child to comes to the center.

Patients select or are assigned to a primary care provider who they see for their well care, management of chronic illnesses, and the majority of acute illnesses. Pediatric staff is on call 24 hours a day to care for newborns and sick children in the hospital, and they will see sick children by special arrangement at Fair Haven on the weekend and holidays.

Most of our children are eligible for coverage under Connecticut’s HUSKY (Healthcare for Uninsured Kids and Youth) health insurance benefit plan. Additionally, the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program provides nutrition counseling and vouchers for food supplements for young children and pregnant and breast-feeding women.