Children's Hospital Colorado

Caring for Children with Complex Medical Needs

A young boy wearing a blue shirt smiles and brushes his teeth with a purple and pink toothbrush while a doctor with long blonde hair watches in the background.

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s KidStreet is a family-centered, multidisciplinary, community-based program designed to maximize the health and development of young children who are dependent on medical technology. Our KidStreet staff delivers care, support and services so that medically fragile children with complex conditions can thrive.

“We are working with families who have been consistently told ‘no,’ parents who have had to fight for everything they’ve ever had, families often without many resources,” says Karen Terry, director of KidStreet. “We’re helping them in a way they’ve never had someone help them in their lives.”

Cavity Free at Three

One of the services we provide is Cavity Free at Three (CF3), an innovative infant oral health program hosted by Children’s Colorado that provides preventive dental care to children under the age of 3. The dental team visits KidStreet twice a year to provide check-ups and care for the children.

“Oral health is an important part of total health, and we’re able to integrate it into their therapy here,” says Valerie Haustein, director of CF3. “Seeing them smile makes it all worthwhile,” she adds.

KidStreet's all-inclusive care

Many children who have complex needs obtain services from in-home-care companies. However, these services can be costly and challenging for families. KidStreet provides all-inclusive care to kids in a friendly environment that encourages play, creative learning and opportunities for the children to socialize. Kid Street’s services include:

Speech-language pathologist Laura Papajcik says, “These kids brighten up my day every day. To see them improve, even in the smallest ways — it’s amazing. I’m honored to be a part of their care.”

“Advocacy is our strong suit,” says Terry. “Every day these kids and their families can take comfort in knowing KidStreet is on their side — that we’ll be advocating for them every step of the way.”

Learn more about our work to improve oral health in Colorado


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