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Children’s Dental Program

The Children’s Dental Health Program helps low-income families find dental care, and educates parents and caregivers on how to keep their children’s teeth healthy and free of dental cavities or dental injuries (such as broken teeth or jaw, cut lip, tongue).

Are you looking for a dentist for your child?

Are you wondering when you should start bringing your child to a dentist or how often your child should see a dentist?

Would you like to learn what kinds of things you can do to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong?


  • Dental education is provided to parents and caregivers at schools, community organizations and medical offices/clinics.
  • Referral to a dentist is given to families who are searching for a dentist to provide care for their children.
  • Advocates for children’s dental health by offering free, limited, dental care on Give Kids A Smile Day (held one day in February)

Who is Eligible

Parents and caregivers with a child 0-21 years of age.

How to Apply

No application necessary. Call the Dental Program for further details at (650) 573-2877.

Area Served

San Mateo County

Fees Charged



Q: How early should my child start seeing a dentist?
A: The American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children start seeing a dentist by age 1, and should continue for a regular dental check-up every six months thereafter.

Q: When should my child see a dentist? How often should my child see a dentist?
A: Children should start seeing a dentist by their first birthday, and should continue for a regular dental check-up every six months thereafter.

Q: What are dental sealants? Should my child get dental sealants? When should my child get the dental sealants?
A: Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant fills the “cracks” of the teeth, making it smooth, thereby preventing food from getting trapped and causing cavities.

Q: Where can I find a list of dentists in my area who accept Healthy Families, Healthy Kids, Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal?
Department of Health Care Services

General information

Medical Care for Pregnant Women

If you’re pregnant or gave birth in the past two months and are eligible for Medi-Cal, we’re here to help you get medical care, prenatal vitamins, health education, nutrition services, help with family, financial and personal issues, all for free.

To apply, contact any of the care providers listed below. If you don’t have health insurance, they can help you apply for coverage too.

General information
Nurse-Family Partnership Program

Nurse-Family Partnership Program

Are you pregnant with your first child and living in San Mateo County? We’re here to support you in raising happy, healthy kids.

The Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program can help you get health insurance, stay in or go back to school or get a job, learn how to raise healthy kids and prevent illness, connect you with other community resources and more, all for free. We offer services in English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Tagalog.

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Prenatal Advantage Black Infant Health

The purpose of the Black Infant Health Project (BIH) is to reduce the infant mortality, low birth weight, and Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) rates in the African-American community. Our goals also include increasing first trimester prenatal care visits by African-American women and fostering the continuity of health care services before and after pregnancy.

General information

Prenatal to Three Program

The Prenatal-to-Three Program is a collaboration of agencies and individuals working to provide information, support, and care for families of pregnant women and children to age five who receive Medi-Cal services in San Mateo County.

Pre to 3 has three goals:

  • Building parenting skills and confidence
  • Facilitating early identification and treatment of potential problems
  • Improving access to the health care system


Pre-to-Three’s multi-disciplinary health team offers a variety of services, including:

General information


Cal-Learn is a statewide program to help pregnant and parenting teens who are receiving CalWORKS complete high school, become independent and form healthy families.

Do I have to participate? If you are a pregnant or parenting teen receiving CalWORKS (which includes Medi-Cal and CalFresh), participation in Cal-Learn is required. Some exceptions are made under special circumstances.

To qualify you must:

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Breastfeed Longer: Every Month Matters!

Each additional month of breastfeeding helps create a stronger and healthier future for you and your baby.

General information

Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health Program

The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (MCAH) Program is committed to serving women, children, teens and their families in San Mateo County by improving access to comprehensive, quality health care, and focusing on prevention and early intervention strategies. The MCAH program includes a spectrum of programs available to providers and clients (see a list of programs under “services”).