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Websites for Parents, Families, and Children

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Websites for Parents

Adventures in Parenting. Based on decades of NICHD research on parenting, this 62-page booklet gives parents the tools they need to make their own decisions about successful parenting.

American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Answers4families is a project of the Center on Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and is supported by grants from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. is Nebraska’s support and information connection for families and professionals seeking assistance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Parent Portal helps parents find information to give children healthier, safer lives. The Portal organizes and presents information for parents and provides resources from across the CDC, all in one location, making it easier for parents to find what they are looking for.

Children Now utilizes research and mass communication to make the well-being of children a top priority across the nation.

Children’s Literature—Resources for Parents provides a list of Internet resources on children’s literature and early literacy.

The Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting is part of the the Early Childhood and Parenting (ECAP) Collaborative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CEEP provides publications and information to the worldwide early childhood and parenting communities.

¡Colorín Colorado! is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners.

Commonsense Parenting. Sponsored by Boys Town, this website offers information on parenting skills, books for parents and children, and a Q&A page.

Consumer Product Safety Commission—Publications. At this website, you can search all publications by topic, title, or general category and obtain copies of CPSC publications.

Consumer Watch is a comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about thousands of products currently on the market or previously available worldwide. The Web site is dedicated to keeping the public informed about product recalls, manufacturer defects, and safety concerns associated with products ranging from household appliances, lawn equipment, and vehicles, to children’s toys and food.

Council for Exceptional Children—State Resources for Gifted Education. The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.

Early Connections:Technology in Early Childhood Education provides resources and information on the appropriate and effective use of technology with young children. Early Connections provides a basic understanding of young children’s learning development, then connects technology to those essential learning skills.

Families and Work Institute is a non-profit organization that addresses the changing nature of work and family life. The organization is committed to finding research-based strategies that foster mutually supportive connections among workplaces, families, and communities

Family Education Network is all about helping your kids learn. It’s about friends lending advice and experts giving suggestions about parenting and education.

Fatherwork offers inspiring and encouraging stories about fathering in a variety of challenging circumstances. Intended for use by fathers and family professionals.

Un futuro brilliante empieza en un libra/A brilliant future begins with a book. This initiative through RIF (Reading is Fundamental) is to promote early childhood literacy among Latino families in the United States. This Web site is available in both Spanish and English

Health and Human Services Pages for Parents provides health and safety-related resources for parents.

Healthy Children is a site administered by the American Academy of Pediatrics which provides information to parents on child development, healthy living, safety, family life, and more.

Heartland Family Service in Omaha. Heartland Family Service offers programs on addictions, child abuse, domestic violence, early childhood development, juvenile delinquency, mental health, neighborhood enrichment centers, and poverty and homelessness.

Iowa Cooperative Extension Service is an excellent resource for information on early childhood, nutrition, fitness, guidance, sibling rivalry, parent-child relationships and more.

Kids Health provides the latest information on physical, mental and emotional health for kids, teens and parents. Features articles on: general health, infections, emotions and behavior, growth and development, nutrition and fitness, pregnancy and newborns, positive parenting, first aid and safety, medical problems, medical care and the health care system, and newsroom—latest news on kids health issues.

Leaving Your Child Home Alone is a page on the KidsHealth website that discusses whether your child is ready to be left alone, and how to approach the situation with confidence.

National Center for Fathering was founded in 1990 to conduct research on fathers and fathering and to develop practical resources for men in nearly every fathering situation. The website offers resources such as research on fathers and fathering, practical tips for dads, information on the fathering movement, and the opportunity to connect with other fathers.

The National Child Care Information Center provides on-line resources about child care.

National Fathers Network is dedicated to providing support and resources for fathers and families of children with chronic illness or developmental disabilities. Page content is available in both English and Spanish.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities. NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth, birth to age 22. (English and Spanish)

National Network for Child Care. Over 1000 useful publications and resources on topics such as parent involvement, diversity and guidance. An e-mail listserv is also offered, as well as access to national newsletters for family child care, center-based care and school-age care. This site is designed for families and early childhood professionals.

The National Parenting Center. Dedicated to providing parents with comprehensive and responsible guidance from the world’s most renowned child-rearing authorities.

The Natural Child Project holds as its vision a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. In such a world, every child can grow into adulthood with a generous capacity for love and trust. No society has a more urgent task.

The National PTA is the largest volunteer child advocacy organization in the United States. A not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities, PTA is a leader in reminding our nation of its obligations to children.

Nebraska Extension Publications contains information on child development, adolescence, relationships and parenting.

Parents’ Action for Children is a resource for information on brain development, ages and stages, quality child care and other topics important to a child’s quality of life.

Parents Journal with Bobbi Conner is a weekly national radio series for parents, grandparents, and others who care for and about children. The program shares information from renowned authors, leading child psychologists, child development experts, and real parents. Each week, the host and nationally acclaimed guests discuss a variety of contemporary parenting issues such as kids and sports, discipline, childcare, sleep problems, temper tantrums, and homework hassles.

Parenting Pipeline. The North Dakota Extension Service sponsors this web page of newsletters for parents, divided by age through adolescence.

PBS Parents includes information on behavior, disabilities, reading and learning, health and safety, family life, behavior, communication, disabilities, and more.

Positive Parenting has links to numerous sites in parenting, children, marriage, family, health and physical and learning disorders in children. Available in English and Spanish. provides tips, advice and suggestions to make your family’s online social media experience fun and productive.

SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Drug and Alcohol Information is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. The site provides information about substance abuse prevention and addiction treatment. Search the website or use the toll-free number posted to speak with an English-or Spanish-speaking information specialist.

The State of Nebraska’s official website provides important information on services available in Nebraska.

Talaris Research Institute, Parenting Counts Campaign. KCTS/Seattle Television, in cooperation with PBS, has developed a public broadcasting, multimedia initiative, entitled Parenting Counts: A Focus on Early Learning. Using content provided by the Talaris Research Institute, the Parenting Counts campaign disseminates research-based information about how children think, feel, and learn and supports parents with examples of best parenting practices.

Zero to Three is the nation’s leading resource on the first three years of life. We are a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.

Web Sites for Children

The Adventures of Julia and Robbie: The Disaster Twins. Great for Spanish-speaking students and for English-speaking students learning Spanish; elementary ed. literacy level (not pre-K); would be good resource for teachers.

America Reads features activities for children, families, educators and communities

Children’s Television Workshop. A great resource for both parents and children; kids will dive into all sorts of game and online activities without even realizing they are learning. Parents can peruse interesting resources like the Sibling Rivalry Quiz, The ABC’s of Child Care, Age-to-Age Development and many more.

The Disney Family Website has lots of ideas for parenting as well as activities for children.

FEMA for Kids. The Federal Emergency Management Agency—FEMA—helps people who have been in a disaster. They also teach people how to reduce risk BEFORE a disaster. You can help your family get prepared. With this site, you can learn about what causes disasters, play games and read stories. You can also become a Disaster Kid! Disasters are serious, but you can have fun learning about them! Activities for both younger and older elementary kids.

Kidd Safety Challenge. Consumer Product Safety Commission is proud to introduce Kidd Safety and his pals in the premier website geared to prevent unreasonable risks of injuries to children. Includes Brain Busters, Sprocketman Comic Book, and information on bike helmets.