Important milestones for children ages 3-5

Children learn, change, and grow so much between three and five years old. As a parent, it’s normal to look at other children and wonder: “Is my child on track?” 

The good news is, you aren’t alone. 

Is my child on track?

During regular Well Check Exams, your pediatrician asks lots of questions about how your child plays, learns, speaks, and moves. This helps the doctor tell if your child is learning and growing as expected, or if she needs a little extra help. If your child needs extra help, your doctor will connect you with the services you need. 

Here are some of the things most children do between 3-5 years old.*

Look for these milestones by your child’s 3rd birthday

Copies adults and friends

Dresses and undresses self

Follows instructions with 2 or 3 steps

Can name most familiar things

Carries on a conversation using 2 to 3 sentences

Plays make-believe with dolls, animals, and people

Screws and unscrews jar lids or turns door handles

Climbs well

Walks up and down stairs, one foot on each step

Look for these milestones by your child’s 4th birthday

Talks about what he or she likes

Plays well with other children

Sings a short song from memory

Tells stories

Names some colors and some numbers

Uses scissors

Catches a bounced ball most of the time

Hops and stands on 1 foot up to 2 seconds

Look for these milestones by your child’s 5th birthday

Wants to please friends

Likes to sing, dance, and act

Tells a simple story using full sentences

Speaks clearly

Counts 10 or more things

Draws a person with at least 6 body parts

Uses a fork and spoon and sometimes a table knife

Hops; may be able to skip

Leadership Spotlight: Chief Medical Officer Dr. Enjoli Benitez

“At Vecino, we work to promote a healthy lifestyle not just with our patients, but in the community through advocacy. I hope to expand this even more. This is my community — I want to see it thrive.” – Dr. Enjoli Benitez

With roots at Vecino Health Centers and in the Denver Harbor community, Dr. Benitez takes her role to heart. 

As Vecino’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Enjoli Benitez is an advocate not only for patients, but also for her own community. As a longtime resident of Houston, and of the Denver Harbor neighborhood, she takes this role to heart.

“I feel very connected to this community,” says Dr. Benitez. “I want to make sure it is a place where people can come see a good doctor. I want people to know there is a great clinic right around the corner.”

Vecino is committed to quality

This commitment to quality at Vecino is something Dr. Benitez knows well. She began her medical career as a resident in the Houston Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, housed at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic. When it came time to take a position as attending physician, she decided to stay.

“Truly, Vecino’s call to quality drew me to stay on as staff. That’s what motivates me” says Benitez. “Patients aren’t just a number here. They are seen as whole people.”

Dedication to family medicine

Since 2013, Dr. Benitez served as attending physician at Denver Harbor Family Clinic, Faculty Physician at The Methodist Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Texas A&M. In 2017, she received a prestigious New Faculty Scholar award from the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine. She also holds a Masters in Public Health with a focus on community medicine.

Focus is on improving health for all

In her role, Dr. Benitez is responsible for the quality of medical care within the entire Vecino organization. She is passionate about continuing the culture of quality at Vecino and working to ensure patients receive a complete service.

With her roots firmly planted at Vecino, Dr. Benitez knows well the needs of patients and of the greater community of Houston. She hopes to use this knowledge to help shape the health of this community.

Well Check Exams: 2 reasons to bring your healthy child to the doctor

When your child is sick with the flu or a broken bone, one of the first things you do is bring them to the doctor. But did you know it is just as important to bring your child to the doctor when they are healthy? 

Schedule a Well Check for your child today!

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Your child’s Well Check Exam is a great time to ask the doctor about all of the little questions that come up during the year, even if your child is mostly healthy. Here are three reasons why:

Reason #1: No question is too small for a Well Check Exam

You probably have lots of questions about the “little things” going on with your child. How can I get my child to sleep better? Is my child overweight? My child isn’t doing well in school, is there something wrong?

But it is hard to remember all of these questions when you come to the clinic with a sick child.

A Well Check is meant to be a low-stress time to check in with the doctor about any concerns for your child, big and small. It is also a chance to make sure your child is healthy and growing as expected.

Reason #2: Well Check Exams are paid by Medicaid and other insurance

Medicaid and other health insurance pays for regular well checks. That means there is no charge to families.

Don’t miss out on the free backpacks with school supplies! Call today to schedule Well Check Exams for your children. Available with appointments between June 24 and August 9 at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic: 713-674-3326 and Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic: 713-695-4013.


Welcome Dr. Zeerak A. Qureshi

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Zeerak A. Qureshi to the primary care team at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic.

Dr. Qureshi completed her residency at Southern Illinois University – Decatur and attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, where she was active in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She is fluent in Urdu/Hindi.

“I’m thrilled to join Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic,” says Dr. Qureshi. “Working with underserved communities was an important part of my medical training, and I will get to continue that work at Vecino.”

An Interest in Elder Care and Diabetes Education for Underserved Populations

Dr. Qureshi’s professional and research interests include elder care and patient education for diabetes and hypertension. During medical school, she was active in initiatives to increase patient screenings and education for underserved populations in St. Maarten. Currently, Dr. Qureshi is completing a research project examining whether physician education increases HPV vaccination rates.

“Dr. Qureshi will add a strong and stable presence to the team at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Family Clinic,” says Daniel Montez, CEO of Vecino Health Centers. “Patients will appreciate her expertise in all aspects of family health care, as well as her warm and caring manner.”

Vecino Health Centers is ranked in the top 30% nationally!

Vecino Health Centers is a leader in quality among other health centers nationwide.

The Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) has awarded Vecino Health Centers a 2018 Health Center Quality Leader Award.

Health Center Quality Leaders achieved the best overall clinical performance among all health centers and placed in the top 30% for clinical quality measures (CQMs).

HRSA awards recognize the highest performing health centers nationwide. Of the 1,400 community health centers in the nation, Vecino is one of just 373 centers receiving the Quality Leader recognition in 2018.

Congratulations to all staff and board members for your work that made this recognition possible. Thank you to all Vecino patients for entrusting Vecino’s Airline Children’s Clinic and Denver Harbor Family Clinic with your family health care.



Treatment for Women with Abnormal Pap Results Available at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic

Treatment for Women with Abnormal Pap Results Available at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic

Learning that you have an abnormal pap smear can be scary.

What other tests will I have to go through? Will I need treatment?

As if these worries weren’t enough, women with abnormal pap smears are usually sent to a specialist across town for inconvenient and time-consuming appointments.

Now, treatment is available on site at Vecino’s Denver Harbor Clinic.

Doctors from Houston Methodist’s OB/GYN department will staff a weekly clinic that lets women with abnormal pap smears see a specialist right in their primary care home.

If the test shows that your cervical cells don’t look normal, your doctor will tell you that you have an “abnormal pap smear.” This might turn out to be nothing, but it also might be a sign of infection or cervical cancer. You will probably need to have more tests to find out.

What is a pap smear?

A pap smear is a routine test that doctors use to make sure the cells on your cervix look normal. It only takes a few minutes and can be done right in a doctor’s office.

Is it time to schedule your routine pap smear?

Having a pap smear only takes a few minutes, and it’s well worth the time.

Women with a low risk of cervical cancer should get routine pap smears on the schedule listed below. Depending on your medical or family history, your doctor might ask you to take more frequent tests.

Pap smear schedule
  • Ages 21-29: Every 3 years
  • Ages 30-65: Every 3-5 years, depending on other tests and factors

If you are due for a pap smear, or need to talk with a doctor about your risk level, call Vecino to schedule an appointment. New patients are welcome.

Call for an appointment:  (713) 674-3326


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