Online Resources for Parents

 

  • Advocates for Youth Parents Sex Ed Center. This section of Advocates for Youth's Web site contains all of the information and resources you need to begin talking with your children about sex.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics — Parenting Corner
  • American Psychological Association – features article on resiliency
  • Ask the Mediatrician is the website of Dr. Michael Rich, the Director of the Center on Media and child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Although not specifically about sexuality and sexual health, this is a good resource for parents.
  • Born Learning — Everyday life is a learning experience for children.  Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.  Developed as a collaboration with the Ad Council, Civitas and United Way
  • Caldecott Medal home page — Recommended reading
  • CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities — “Learn the Signs.  Act Early”
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention This section for parents will help you learn how to guide your teen to become a healthy and productive adult.
  • ChildFun — Family Website
  • Child Welfare League of America — Nonpartisan policy and advocacy organization for children. Updates on federal legislation and action alerts. Information about other resources on children’s issues.
  • Children's Book Council — Recommended reading
  • Council for Exceptional Children — The Association for the Gifted (TAG) was organized as a division of The Council for Exceptional Children in 1958 to help both professionals and parents deal more effectively with the gifted child. – see “ERIC Digests on Gifted & Talented”
  • Crayola — Lots of innovative activities and curriculum builders for parents and teachers. Educator page includes links for arts advocacy, early childhood creative experiences, lesson plans, the Crayola Dream-Makers program (includes linking math, art and other subjects through design projects), and more. Parents’ page includes inspiring ideas, books and beyond, family travel, Power of Creativity, and more.
  • HealthyChildren.org This section for parents has excellent articles including,Adolescent Sexuality: Talk the Talk Before They Walk the Walk.
  • Healthy Steps — This national initiative aims to improve the quality of preventive health care for families and toddlers.
  • Hoagies' Gifted Education Page — A resource guide for the education of gifted children with links to resources on nearly every aspect of gifted education available on the Internet, plus annotations and first-hand information provided by parents.
  • Home Safety Council - Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children.
  • International Literacy Association — Includes children's choices, teachers' choices, and young adults' choices booklists.
  • KidsHealth — This site includes information on children’s health and parenting.
  • Maine Families - The website of the statewide network of community teams serving the needs of pregnant women and parents with newborns.
  • Maine WIC Nutrition Program - This website seeks to serve all Maine families with free nutrition advice, tips for staying healthy, and resources for growing families.
  • Maine Office of Substance Abuse — Fact sheets on alcohol and drug use are available through this website. 
  • Maineteenhealth.org – THE sexual health information resource for Maine teens. Provides teens with answers to their questions and is a great source of information for the parents of teens.
  • March of Dimes - Helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood — Information for families, early care and pre-school, and elementary educators and professionals. Site includes print and film resources, suggested activities, help for parents and much more.
  • National Fatherhood Initiative - increase father involvement and improve the lives of children.
  • National Center for Fathering - to encourage actively engaged fathers or father figures in the life of every child. 
  • National Runaway Switchboard - helpline: 1-800-786-2929
  • Newbery Medal home page — Recommended reading
  • Parent Further – Ideas for growing healthy, thriving children and adolescents.
  • Search Institute — An independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.
  • Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) — Focuses primarily on the adults in the lives of gifted children. SENG provides information on identification, guidance, and effective ways to live and work with gifted individuals.
  • Talking with Kids about Tough Issues - These practical tips and techniques can help you talk easily and openly with young children ages 8 to 12 about very tough topics.
  • The Idea Box - For Parents and Teachers
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission — Safety information about products and product recalls.
  • US Department of Education — See featured items for parents including Back to School Checklist, Helping Your Child, Tips for Parents and many others.
  • WonderWise Parent — Designed for parents, grandparents, foster parents, stepparents, caregivers, teachers, and parent educators. It was created and is maintained by Kansas State University.
  • Your Child: Development and Behavior Resources — University of Michigan website that guides parents through the tangle of Internet information on kids' development and behavior.
  • ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families - provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nuture early development.