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Parenting Information Links

General Parenting Information

Healthy Children
www.healthychildren.org
This website is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics for parents. It provides information on topics including child development, health, safety, and family issues.

Parenting 24/7
www.parenting247.org
This University of Illinois website was developed to be a “one-stop” source of news, information, and advice on parenting. The website provides recent news articles related to parenting and children, feature articles written for parents on a wide variety of topics, as well as a large number of video clips of parents and professionals discussing parenting challenges and strategies.

YourChild: Development and Behavior Resources
www.med.umich.edu/yourchild
This University of Michigan Health System website offers information on an extremely wide variety of topics related to child development, behavior, safety, and health issues.

Child and Family WebGuide
www.cfw.tufts.edu
This Tufts University website describes and evaluates other websites that contain research-based information on child development and parenting. Links to these sites are provided.

Talking with Kids about Tough Issues
http://www.childrennow.org/index.php/learn/talking_with_kids/
Information on talking to children about issues such as sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, race, HIV, what they see on TV, disasters, divorce, and terrorism.

Kid Source
Divided into categories (newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, K-12 and other categories), this site offers a variety of articles, products, and services related to each specific age category.  It is focused primarily on health and education issues.

Parenting.org
Girls and Boys Town sponsors this web site which contains parenting guides and an “Ask the Expert” section.

Family Education
This site contains general parenting information, as well as, educational topics and activities for parents. Sections are divided into different age groups. Additionally, the site features family entertainment sections under the different age groups where parents can view games and activities to enjoy with their children.

The National Parenting Center
Parenting authorities (doctors, psychologists, and parenting experts/authors) offer advice for parents. The articles are based on age-specific groups, which offer a variety of advice for children in each stage of development.

Parent News
Parenting articles, news, advice and tips on a variety of topics can be found on this site!

Parenting Press
Although mostly a commercial site for ordering books, this site does contain some parenting tips from the various books it features, which cover a variety of topics.

Family Fun Sites

GreatSites
Created by the American Library Association, this site contains a significant number of web sites recommended for children. The links are divided into sections such as Literature and Languages, Sciences, Mathematics & Computers, the Arts, and many more! Each section includes a variety of sites for children of all age levels, nationalities and gender! There is another section for parents, caregivers, and teachers.

PBS Parents
Parents can access PBS’ website for information on education, early learning, child development, and fun & games.

Cyberkids/Cyberteens
These two sites are published by Able Minds. Both sites contain neat and colorful graphics! Younger children can play games and check out links on the cyberkids site, while teens can also play games, view artwork by their peers, and more on the cyberteens site. All in all, a fun and interesting web site for kids and teens!

Disney
The Disney site features a kids section that includes games and activities for kids, as well as news for kids. There is also a family section that features family fun activities.

Crayon
This web page lets the subscriber (subscription is Free) create their own newspaper modified for their tastes and local area. It offers the reader everything from today’s headline news, sports, comics, weather, local news, business, etc. The viewer can even personalize the newspaper. Fun for teens and up!

Kids’ Money
This page provides parents with ideas/tips to teach their children about money management. It also features surveys, web links, and resources (books, etc.) for parents. There is a kids’ page that offers advice to kids, web resources, activities, etc.

Mother Specific Sites

Working Mother
Designed for mothers who work outside the home, this site offers articles of interest to working mothers, as well as strategies, Q & A, personal stories and links.

Father Specific Sites

Fathers.com
Fathers.com is the premier online resource for every day dads. Created by the National Center for Fathering, fathers.com provides research-based training, practical tips and resources to help men be the involved fathers, grandfathers, and father figures their children need. Also contains information on Urban Dads and Watch DOGS.

National Fathers’ Network
This site targets fathers of children with special health care needs and developmental disabilities. The site features articles, links, information about medical needs, bulletin boards, and a segment in Spanish.

New & Expectant Parents

Text4Baby
http://text4baby.org/
Expectant parents can sign up to receive free text messages timed to the baby’s due date.  Messages on evidence-based health information and resources continue until the baby’s 1st birthday.  This program is offered through the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  Through an agreement with CTIA –  The Wireless Foundation parents will not be charged for these texts (and will not reduce the limit on texts in their wireless plan) if they use any of the major wireless carriers in the United States (a list of these carriers is on the website).

Baby Center
Expectant parents can access this web site to obtain articles (lots!) on various topics related to expectant and new parents. It also features a due date calculator and pregnancy calendar to track baby’s development week by week through pregnancy and beyond!

Pampers Total Baby Care
Pampers has assembled this web site to contain a variety of good information. Besides the obvious product information, the research centers features some good information and advice from “experts.”

Single Parents

Parents Without Partners
This is the official site for the Parents Without Partners program. The site directs parents to their local chapter of the program, as well as provides a newsletter, news and events, resources on the net for single parents, and a chat room for members.

Health Information

Mayo Clinic
The website of the Mayo Clinic contains information about children’s health issues, pregnancy, and family life, all under the “Healthy Living Center” section. Lots of good articles on a variety of topics!

KidsHealth.org
This site is divided into sections for parents, kids and teens. It is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It has an easy search option to access the entire web site database for information on a specific subject.

Healthfinder
This site is a consumer-related gateway to health and human services information from the U.S. government. The search engine links the consumer to resources on a particular subject, offers links to the latest health news, events and press releases, and provides links to online journal publications. Also supplies links to toll free numbers, self-help and support group information.

Children with Special Needs

Family Village
Parents of children with disabilities can utilize this web site to access resources for disability related topics. Great source for parents of special needs children!

Learning Disability Online
This web site is for parent, teachers and children with learning disabilities and/or ADHD. The site is divided into three sections containing information on learning disabilities, resources, newsletter, etc.

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
This site contains information on children and youth with disabilities. Parents can communicate in both English and Spanish. There are A-Z topics on web resources, as well as a section on state resources.

Twins

National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club
This site is for mothers of twins, triplets or other multiple birth children. It contains information/tips of specific interest to these mothers, lists products and publications for parents of multiple birth children, and serves as a clearinghouse for information about local chapters of “twin clubs.”

Educational Issues

Arkansas Department of Education
Parents and educators in Arkansas will find lots of good information about Arkansas schools. The site lists information on education frameworks, benchmarks, school standards, school choice as well as information about programs such as Smart Start, Next Step and No Child Left Behind. Parents can view test scores from recent Benchmark exams under the Testing section.

Arkansas School Improvement List (NORMES)
Parents in Arkansas can click here to see whether their child’s school is in School Improvement Status (and if so, what year)! Check to see how your child’s school measures up!

Arkansas PTA
This site gives information about the Arkansas Parent Teacher Association. Parents and educators can also access information about the National PTA’s highly acclaimed parent involvement program, Building Successful Partnerships, as well as check out issues of monthly newsletters.

Great Schools.net (See How Your Child’s School Rates!!!!)
This web link features information about School Report Cards, as well as information about public, private, and charter schools in Arkansas, (although parents in other states can access information for their state as well through here). Parents can get profiles of schools in their area based on Benchmark Exams and compare them against other schools. There are also tips on a variety of school-related issues (tips on math and reading, college prep, learning disabilities, etc.) that parents can access. Lots of great information!

U.S. Department of Education Publications
The Department of Education’s mission and goals are provided in this site. There is a section specifically for parents which contains information on No Child Left Behind, parent involvement, and school performance. A wealth of information for parents!!!!

Reading is Fundamental
Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is the nation’s largest child literacy organization. Parents can find tips and activity ideas for different age groups on this site to help motivate their children to read. Resources are also available in Spanish.

Get Ready to Read!
Get Ready to Read (GRTR)! is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool children. Parents use the tools and strategies found here to help prepare children to read and write.

Family Education
Website for parents dedicated to children’s learning. Parents can find topics for all ages on school and general parenting issues. Weekly on-line newsletters are also available through this site.

Arkansas School Report Cards (NORMES)
Parents in Arkansas can click here to see whether their child’s school is in School Improvement Status (and if so, what year)! Check to see how your child’s school measures up!

Parents Make the Difference Video
A 15 minute video highlighting various parental involvement activities in Arkansas schools.

(UAMS and ACH are not responsible for the information received from links to other sites)