The javascript used on this site for creative design effects is not supported by your browser. Please note that this will not affect access to the content on this web site.
Skip Navigation
H H S Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health

A-Z Index  |  Questions? 

The MCHB website will experience a temporary service outage on Saturday, July 2, 2016 for scheduled server maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Print this
  • Email this

Child Health Day History

Under a Joint Resolution of Congress, the President of the United States has proclaimed National Child Health Day every year since 1928. It was originally celebrated on May Day, May 1, each year until 1960, when the date was moved to the first Monday in October.

Calvin Coolidge, the first president to issue a Child Health Day Proclamation, acted in response to a plea from both the American Federation of Labor (AFL) and the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC) to proclaim the day while the resolution was still pending in Congress. On April 27, the White House referred the AFL/GFWC request to the Secretary of the Treasury for his recommendations. His response was immediate:

"The promotion of Child Health Day is a highly commendable object. The issuance of a proclamation designating a ‘Child Health Day' would undoubtedly have influence in focusing public attention on this matter."

On April 28, 1928, President Coolidge issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS the protection and development of the health of the children of today are fundamental necessities to the future progress and welfare of the Nation;

AND WHEREAS, the conservation and promotion of child health places upon us a grave responsibility;

AND WHEREAS, it is appropriate that a day should be set apart each year for the direction of our thoughts towards the health and well-being of our children;

NOW, therefore, I, Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, do hereby set apart May 1 of this year as Child Health Day and do invite the people of the United States and all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare to unite upon that day in the observance of such exercises as will acquaint the people of the Nation with the fundamental necessity of a year-round program for the protection and development of the health of the Nation's children.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Congress completed its deliberations soon thereafter and on May 18 approved its Joint Resolution that reads:

Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that the President of the United States is hereby authorized and requested to issue annually a proclamation setting apart May 1 of each year as Child Health Day and invite all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare to be united upon that day in the observance of such exercises as will awaken the people of the Nation to the fundamental necessity of a year-round program for the protection and development of the health of the Nation's children.

Looking for help?

Contact your state or territory's Title V Director:

Alabama (800) 654-1385

Alaska (800) 799-7570

American Samoa (684) 633-4616

Arizona (800) 232-1676 

Arkansas (800) 232-0002 

California (866) 241-0395

Connecticut (800) 688-7777

 

Delaware (800) 464-4357

District of Columbia (800) 311-2229

Florida (800) 451-2229

Georgia (800) 822-2539 

Guam (671) 735-7111

Hawaii (800) 235-5477

 

Idaho (800) 296-2588 

Illinois (800)-843-6154

Indiana (800) 433-0746

Iowa (800) 369-3826 

Kansas (800) 332-6262

 

Kentucky (800) 462-6122

Louisiana (800) 251-2229

Maine (800 698-3624

Maryland (800) 456-8900

 

Massachusetts (800) 882-1435

Michigan (800 262-4784

 

Minnesota (800 728-5420

Mississippi (800) 721-7222

Missouri (800) 835-5465

Montana (887) 543-7669

Nebraska (800) 862-1889

Nevada (800) 429-2669

New Hampshire (800) 852-3345

 

New Jersey (800) 328-3838 

New Mexico (877) 725-2552

New York (800) 522-5006

North Carolina (800) FOR-BABY

North Dakota (800) 472-2286

Northern Marianas (670) 664-4850

Ohio (800) 755-4769

Oklahoma (800) 426-2747

Oregon (800) SAFENET

Pennsylvania (800) 986-2229

Puerto Rico (800) 981-5721

Rhode Island (800) 942-7434

South Carolina (800) 868-0404

South Dakota (800) 305-3064

Tennessee (800) 428-2229

Texas 2-1-1 (Texas Only)

Utah (800) 826-9662

Vermont (800) 649-HELP

Virginia (800) 230-6977

Virgin Islands (866) 248-4004

Washington (800) 322-2588

West Virginia (800) 642-8522

Wisconsin (800) 722-2295

Wyoming (800) 438-5795


Find Prenatal Services Find Prenatal Services
800-311-BABY
               (2229)
En espanol 800-504-7081
La Linea Nacional Prenatal Hispana. La Linea Nacional Prenatal Hispana
En espanol 800-504-7081
 
Text 4 Baby Text BABY to 511411
Envia BEBE al 511411
para Espanol
Insure Kids Now Insure Kids Now!
Find Your State's CHIP
or Medicaid Program