Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP)

Through the Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program, children and youth receive routine regular preventive health exams in order to identify health problems. Many problems can be prevented, corrected or the severity reduced by prompt diagnosis and treatment. CHDP health exams are provided by doctors and clinics enrolled in the CHDP Program.

CHDP Program staff assist families in determining if their children are eligible for CHDP health exam and schedule appointments  with CHDP doctors and clinics.  Staff also provide assistance to families whose children need follow-up care for diagnosis and/or treatment.

Health Exam Required for First Grade

By law, all children entering the first grade are required to have a CHDP health exam completed with in 18 months of first grade or three months after entrance to first grade. Parents who do not want their child to receive a health exam can sign a waiver form. The CHDP Program coordinates with schools to ensure that the requirement is fulfilled.

Children should have health exam at the age intervals listed below.
Birth-1 month
1-2 months
3-4 months
5-6 months
7-9 months
10-12 months
13-15 months
16-23 months
2 years old
3 years old
4-5 years old
6-8 years old
9-12 years old
13-16 years old
17-20 years old

CHDP Health Exams include:

  • Health and developmental history
  • Head-to-toe physical exam
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Dental screening
  • Immunizations
  • Vision and Hearing tests
  • Screening tests for lead, anemia, urine problems, tuberculosis and other health problems
  • Health education information

Types of CHDP Health Exams

  • Well-baby and well-child exams
  • Kindergarten / first grade exams
  • Child care and school exams
  • Sports and camp physicals
  • Teen physicals

Who Is Eligible

  • Medi-Cal recipients from birth to age 21
  • Uninsured children and youth from birth to age 19 who are from low to moderate income families
  • Children in foster care

Area Served

San Mateo County

Fees Charged

CHDP health assessments are free to all eligible children.


Q:How do I know if my child is eligible for a CHDP health exam?
A: Call the San Mateo County CHDP office at (650) 573-2877 to confirm eligibility.

Q: What should I do if my child is eligible?
A: Ask your child's doctor or clinic for a CHDP health exam.

Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Call your doctor or clinic and ask for a CHDP health exam.

Q: What should I do if my child doesn’t have a doctor or a clinic?
A: Call the San Mateo County CHDP office at (650) 573-2877 to get the names and phone numbers of CHDP doctors and clinics in your area.

Q: How does CHDP help when the doctor identifies a health problem?
: CHDP Program staff contacts the family to help with the follow-up care. They can find a specialist, schedule appointments and provide bus tickets.

Q: Does CHDP provide transportation?
CHDP can provide free bus tickets to go to exam and follow up appointments.