We send over 1.5 million mailings per year, reaching 98 percent of families with children from birth to six years. We are the only state in the country with a program like it!
The series of mailings are timed to match the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended schedule of well-child visits. Families will receive a mailing a couple weeks before their next visit and can use the information in the mailings to prepare for the visit.
Each mailing's content is focused on a specific age and includes a letter and other useful materials on a variety of health topics. For the first 18 months, mailings are sent every 3 months. From 18 months to 6 years, mailings are sent every 6 months.
All materials are developed, reviewed, and approved by health experts. Doctors, nutritionists, and health topic experts review these materials on a regular basis to ensure Washington families receive evidence-based and up-to-date information.
You may view Watch Me Grow materials by:
Each of the 17 mailings has reminders and information about:
- Well-child checkups.
- Childhood growth and development.
- Parent health.
- Many other health topics.
The mailings are endorsed by the:
- Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Washington Academy of Family Physicians.
- University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Maternal Child Health Program.
Many organizations, both public and non-profit, use Watch Me Grow Washington as a vehicle to communicate important health messages to families. Watch Me Grow Washington considers these organizations important partners and they must agree to the same criteria that are used to develop all Watch Me Grow Washington materials. See our Watch Me Grow webpage to view all materials by mailing.
Contact us to see if Watch Me Grow Washington mailings are an appropriate venue for your organization's materials.
Watch Me Grow Washington
Washington State Department of Health
Center for Public Affairs
P.O. Box 47890
Olympia, WA 98504
Follow us on Facebook @WatchMeGrowWA
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Watch Me Grow Washington?
Watch Me Grow Washington is our state's immunization and well-child visit reminder program. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) uses the program to remind you of upcoming well-child visits and send health and safety information to you and all families in the state with kids aged birth to six.
- How does this program work?
Department of Health uses the address information from its Immunization Information System (WAIIS) and the agency's Center for Health Statistics (birth and death records) to send mailings to families about 30 days in advance of the time their child should be receiving a well-child visit from their primary care provider.
When your baby is born in Washington state, your child's birth certificate is filed with DOH. The public part of the birth certificate goes to the WAIIS and it creates a record. The record tells us to start sending you the mailings.
If your baby gets the hepatitis B birth dose vaccine before leaving the hospital, that information also goes to the WAIIS and it creates a record. The record tells us to start sending you the mailings.
If your child was born in a different state and you move to Washington or if you adopt a child, once your child gets an immunization from a health care provider, that information goes to the WAIIS and it creates a record. The record tells us to start sending you the mailings.
- What is in the mailings?
The Watch Me Grow mailings are reminders for you about immunizations your child may need and to help you get ready for your child's next well-child visit. You'll get a mailing about 30 days before your child's next visit until your child turns six. The mailings are provided to you at no cost and you automatically get the information by regular mail.
The materials in the mailings are updated each year by health and safety experts with input from parents and caregivers. Content in the mailings is based on Bright Futures Guidelines, which are theory-based and evidence-driven guidelines for all preventive care screenings and well-child visits.
- How do I sign up to receive the mailings?
If your child was born in Washington and is between the ages of 0 – 6 years old, you likely already receive our mailings. If you are not receiving them, sign up to start getting Watch Me Grow mailings. You may also view all our materials online.
- Can I opt-out of receiving the mailings?
- Do you evaluate the Watch Me Grow Washington program?
Yes. Every few years, as funding allows, we evaluate the materials in the Watch Me Grow Washington mailings to ensure the materials meet the department's goals to provide parents and caregivers with relevant, accurate, useful, and up-to-date health and safety information.
- Parent satisfaction with the materials in the mailings.
- The look and feel of the materials.
- The usefulness of the information in the materials.
- If the information in the mailings reinforces parenting decisions.
- If the information in the mailings helps change knowledge, attitude, and behavior.
We use results of the evaluations to make changes and improvements to the materials.
Our last program evaluation (in English) was completed in late 2015. It highlighted successes such as:
- 96 percent of parents reported reading the materials.
- 93 percent of parents reported learning from these materials.
- 82 percent of parents indicated materials reinforced their parenting decisions.
For more information about past and future evaluations, contact Watch Me Grow Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-236-4171.
To give feedback or suggestions on Watch Me Grow Washington letters and materials, or to be part of the parent and caregiver review team, contact email@example.com or 360-236-4171.