What is WIC?
WIC, the Women, Infants, and Children program, is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and stay healthy.
WIC is available to low income pregnant, breastfeeding , and postpartum women and children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Many people incorrectly view WIC as a welfare program because participants must be members of a low-income family. In fact, over 50 percent of the women and children on WIC in California are members of a family where one or both parents work outside the home.
Do I qualify?
Generally, WIC is available to low income pregnant, breastfeeding , and postpartum women and children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. (See tables below for income guides.) Contact your local WIC office to make an appointment and find out which documents you need to bring with you. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify.
What Can You Get at WIC?
Special checks to buy healthy foods such as milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans and peas, and peanut butter.
Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
Support and information about breastfeeding your baby.
Help in finding health care and other community services.
Who Can WIC Help?
Women and their children who need better nutrition and who are Pregnant, breastfeeding, or just had a baby
Children under 5 years old (including foster children)
Families with a low to medium income. Working families may qualify.
Call to make an appointment and find out which documents you need to bring with you. At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify.
What is Medi-Cal?
Health care coverage for qualifying persons who live in California, who have income and resources below established limits
How can you apply?
Download the application from the Department of Social Services website
Who can get Medi-Cal?
Persons 65 or older
Persons who are under 21 years of age
Certain adults between 21 and 65 years of age, if they have minor children living with them
Persons who are blind or disabled
Persons receiving nursing home care
Certain Refugees, Asylees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants
What is Healthy Families?
Healthy Families is low cost insurance that provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance today and do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal.
How can to you apply?
Download the application from the Healthy Families website
Who can get Healthy Families?
•Children up to their 19th birthday;
•Children in the family without employer-sponsored health insurance in the last three months
•Children living in California
•Children who are not eligible for or who are not enrolled in no-cost Medi-Cal
•Children who meet citizenship or immigration rules
•Children in families with incomes within the Healthy Families Guidelines
•Children born to mothers enrolled in the Access for Infants and Mothers(AIM) Program, who are not enrolled in the no-cost full scope Medi-Cal Program or employer-sponsored health insurance.
Who can apply?
•Parents, legal guardians, stepparents, foster parents, or caretaker relatives may apply for insurance for a child living in their home. Only the parents’ income will be considered. If you are a legal guardian, step- parent, foster parent, or caretaker relative who lives with a child, your income will not be used to qualify the child for Healthy Families.
•If you are 18 years old, you may apply for your own insurance if you meet the income requirements
•If you are a minor, you may apply for your children.
•Minors who do not live with parents, legal guardians, stepparents, foster parents, or caretaker relatives may apply for Healthy Families for themselves or their children.
Where to go when you are sick
CSUN Klotz Health Center for CSUN students only
Hours of Operation: M-W – 7:30am – 5:30pm
Th – 9:00am – 5:30 pm
Fr – 7:30am – 4:00pm – Urgent care only
http://www.csun.edu/studenthealthcenter/ for additional information
Cost: Free for basic services to currently enrolled students. Some services require a nominal fee
Alcohol & Other Drug Services (818) 677-3690
Appointments (818) 677-3666
Birth Control Information Sessions (818) 677-3666
Cashier (818) 677-3651
Chiropractor (818) 677-3674
Director’s Office (818) 677-3691
Family PACT (818) 677-3651
Health Promotion/Education (818) 677-6328
Health Information Management (Medical Records) (818) 677-3667
Immunization (incl. TB Tests & Flu Shots) (818) 677-3666
Information (818) 677-3666
Laboratory (818) 677-3673
Medical Withdrawal Coordinator (818) 677-3691
Optometry Clinic (818) 677-7250
Peer Education (818) 677-3683
Peer Nutrition Counseling (PNC) (818) 677-3666
Pharmacy (818) 677-3671
Physical Therapy (818) 677-3674
Pregnancy Options Counseling (818) 677-3683
Radiology (X-ray) (818) 677-3672
Where to go when your child is sick
Northridge Hospital Kids Care
What is it?
We know that balancing a career and family is difficult under the best of circumstances. But when a child becomes ill, working parents may be forced to stay at home with their child, thereby missing valuable work time. That’s where Kids Care can help. We provide a safe, caring environment for your child with a comfortable atmosphere, appropriate activities, and a quality staff. Kids Care is available to families within our community and the employees of Catholic Healthcare West.
Address: 18460 Cantara Street, Northridge, CA
Phone: (818) 885-KIDS (5437)
Hours: M- Fr- 7:00am – 6:00pm
(On the day that your child becomes ill, please call to reserve a space before you come. It is during evening hours or before 7 a.m., please leave a detailed message and the staff will return your call as soon as they arrive)
Cost: $5/hour (There is no minimum amount of hours you need to attend. Payment is required in full when you pick up your child)
There is a lot of information already available on the internet about child development. Listed below are some links to websites you might find helpful.
ABC’s Of Child Development- Developmental Milestones For Your Child’s First Five Years
Baby Center – Baby Development
Center for Disease and Control Prevention – Child development
Child Development Basics
Child Development Institute
Medlineplus Health Information
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities – Developmental Milestones
Zero to Three Organization