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Program Description

The CHDP Program is a State administered, locally operated program that provides complete health assessments for the early detection and prevention of disease and disabilities for low-income children and youth. The State administration offices are located in Sacramento within the Department of Health Care Services. The 58 counties plus three cities (Pasadena, Long Beach, and Berkeley) have a local CHDP Program.  

Local CHDP programs carry out community activities which include planning, evaluation and monitoring, informing, providing health education materials, provider recruitment, quality assurance, community education, care coordination, and client support services such as assistance with transportation and medical, dental, and mental health appointment scheduling and encouraging the completion of an application for ongoing health care coverage. The responsibilities are delineated by state and federal regulations. Local CHDP programs are also responsible for oversight of the Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care (HCPCFC).  

The CHDP Program is responsible for resource and provider development to ensure that high quality services are delivered and available to eligible children/youth. The program informs the target populations to increase their participation; and community agencies and residents to increase the knowledge and acceptance of preventive services.   

In July 2003, the CHDP Program began using the "CHDP Gateway," an automated pre-enrollment process for non Medi-Cal, uninsured children. The CHDP Gateway, serves as the entry point for these children to enroll in ongoing health care coverage through Medi-Cal or the Covered California program. The CHDP Gateway is based on federal law found in Titles XIX and XXI of the Social Security Act that allows states to establish presumptive eligibility programs for children/youth.

For eligibility information about the CHDP program click here


Medi-Cal Eligible Children and Youth

CHDP provides periodic preventive health services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries under the regulations of the federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program (EPSDT). All California Medi-Cal recipients from birth to age 21 are eligible for health assessments. 

Non-Medi-Cal Eligible Children and Youth

CHDP provides periodic preventive health services to non-Medi-Cal eligible children and youth from birth to age 19 from low-income families. They are eligible for health assessments.

Download the Examination Schedule in Adobe Acrobat format


Early Head Start, Head Start, Migrant Head Start and State Preschool

Children in Head Start (Early Head Start and Migrant Head Start) and State Preschool (who meets income eligibility) programs are eligible for regular health assessments while in these programs (generally ages 3-5).

CHDP Program Services


Health Assessments

CHDP health assessments offers a full range of health assessment services provided by private physicians, county health departments, clinics, and some local school districts. CHDP encourages private provider participation.
  • Health and developmental history
  • Physical examinations
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Immunizations
  • Vision testing
  • Hearing testing
  • Lead testing
  • Some laboratory tests (e.g., Mantoux (Tuberculin), sickle cell, hemoglobin/hematocrit, Pap smears, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar)
  • Health education and anticipatory guidance, such as age appropriate safety awareness 

What is the CHDP Examinations Schedule?

The CHDP Examination Schedule defines the usual ages when CHDP Examinations are recommended and the items that must be done at each visit. Also, it gives the required interval between CHDP Examinations. A child who is required to have a check up before school entry, organized sports participation or summer camp is eligible for a CHDP Examination off-schedule. The downloadable table below is the CHDP Examination Schedule.

Download the Examination Schedule in Adobe Acrobat format

Children who are on Medi-Cal Use This Examination Schedule


Dental Services

CHDP and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the establishing of a dental home and to begin dental care by age one. During a CHDP Examination, a child is evaluated for his/her dental health, advice is given regarding dental hygiene and fluoride supplementation. It is recommended that children beginning at the age of one be referred a dentist and the establishment of a dental home. Children three years and older are referred for routine dental care. The CHDP Program does not have funding to pay for dental care. The Program does refer families for insurance coverage through Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal.

CHDP Dental Periodicity Exam Schedule


The CHDP Program does make referrals to California Children Service (CCS) when there are major orthodontic or craniofacial (skull and facial bones) problems. Click on CCS Orthodontia Clinic for details.

A partial list of dentists in the area currently accepting Medi-Cal/Denti-Cal - This list is subject to change at any time. You may also call the state Denti-Cal office at 1-800-322-6384 or visit the Denti-Cal website. If you have questions, please call the CHDP office (see contact information in upper right box).

Contact Information

For Information About
Well-Child Exams
or the CHDP Program:

(831) 763-8100


"Helping kids and families eat healthy, be active, and make better choices."