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Parenting Educator Links

Arkansas Based Organizations

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF)
Information on child and family advocacy issues in the state of Arkansas.  AACF is a non-profit advocacy center that provides leadership and research to promote wide-ranging reforms to improve the lives of children in Arkansas.

Family Life Resources (Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service)
Materials developed by the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.  Materials  include The Personal Journey (principles for having a great life), The Parenting Journey (parenting principles), See the World Through My Eyes (what everyday life is like for a young child), The Family Journey (tools for building and maintaining healthy family relationships) and many other resources.

Arkansas Children’s Trust Fund
The website of the Arkansas Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)
Arkansas Children’s Hospital provides health information and resources for parents and children.

Arkansas Department of Health (ADH)
Information and resources on various health-related issues.

Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS)
Programs, services, and resources offered through the Arkansas Department of Human Services

Centers for Youth and Families (Parent Center Program)
The Parent Center at Centers for Youth and Families (Little Rock, AR) provides parenting classes and other resources for parents.

Arkansas Parenting Education Network (APEN)
APEN promotes parenting education and family engagement to empower parents and caregivers to effectively interact with children.  The website contains information on the annual APEN conference as well as other resources.

Healthy Families – Getting it right from the start
A website for parents that was developed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services.  Resources include the Happy Birthday Baby Book.

Better Beginnings
Resources related to improving child care in Arkansas


Evidence-Based Program Lists

Strengthening America’s Families
This OJJDP funded website has examined effective family programs for delinquency prevention. Information provided includes literature reviews and an overview of model programs.

Evidence-Based Programs (Child Welfare Information Gateway)
Information on evidence-based and evidence-informed programs in the area of parenting education.  Sponsored by the Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Promising Practices Network on children, families and communities
Research-based information on what works to improve the lives of children and families.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
This website provides information on selected evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that are being used in various parts of the United States. 


General Parenting Education Related Information

Healthy Children
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
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.

CYFERnet (Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network) is offered through the national group of university-based Cooperative Extension System Programs. The purpose of this site is to provide professionals and parents with practical research-based information on a wide variety of topics related to children, youth, and families.

YourChild: Development and Behavior Resources
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
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.

Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
Science-based information on child development.

Parents the Anti-Drug
Information for parents on preventing drug abuse.

Bully Prevention (Committee for Children)
Resources from this nonprofit that is working to prevent bullying, violence, and child abuse.

Lets Talk About…Stuff that Matters
This Cornell University Cooperative Extension website offers information on talking to pre-teens and teens about important topics such as cyberbullying, thinking about life after high school, and social media.

Parent Further (Search Institute)
This Search Institute website offers information and resources for families on a wide variety of topics.

Money 101:  Teaching Kids about Money
Information on teaching children about money at an early age.  The goal is to help them understand how money works before they start making their own money.

Multilingual Parent Resource Sheets
Several parenting information handouts are offered in ten different languages.

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).

Science of Parenting (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
Podcasts and other information on parenting and family topics.

Talking with Kids about Tough Issues
Information on talking to children about issues such as sex, drugs, alcohol, violence, race, HIV, what they see on TV, disasters, divorce, and terrorism.

Colorin’ Colorado
IReading Rockets, a multimedia initiative of PBS station WETA has launched this web site created specifically for Spanish-speaking parents to help their children learn to read in English. It features illustrations and entertaining video clips. The site also includes information for educators who have English language learners in their classrooms.

The Child, Youth and Families Education & Resource Network website is divided into sections for early childhood, school age, teens, parent/family and community. Also included is information on CyferNet programs and trainings.

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

Handsnet is a web site that serves to link human service organizations online. It highlights headlines, legislation and issues on a variety of interest areas affecting human services organizations. It also features information on social worker job openings.

National Extension Parent Education Model
This is an electronic version of a parent education model of critical parenting practices developed by Charles A. Smith from Kansas State University, et al. This full text report outlines a model of parent education that is intended to provide common ground for extension professionals throughout the Cooperative Extension System.

Wonder Wise Parent
Charles A. Smith, a Kansas State University professor of Child Development, developed this website. Parents and parent educators visiting this website are offered the chance to take credit or non-credit courses online in different areas of child development. For those not interested in taking courses, there are sections on community programs, humor, book reviews, board games for parents and children, and more.

National Organizations

American Psychological Association (APA)
Resources and publications from the American Psychological Association (APA) on child, youth and family issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Information from CDC for parents and professionals on numerous topics including pregnancy, child safety, developmental milestones, childhood diseases and conditions, and raising healthy children.

National Center for Children in Poverty
Information pertaining to children and poverty in the United States.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
Information on issues related to substance abuse and mental health.

National Fatherhood Initiative

National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC)
NHMRC is a clearinghouse for high quality, balanced, and timely information and resources on healthy marriage.

Society for Research in Child Develop (SRCD) Social Policy Briefs
Social policy report briefs on topics related to child development.

Strengthening Families (Center for the Study of Social Policy)
Information on policy related topics regarding children, families, and communities

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
A searchable database of educational articles and documents.

National Institute on Drug Abuse
Information on drug abuse and addiction.

Children’s Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund is a non-profit child advocacy organization.  Their  website contains information on a wide variety of issues related to children and families (especially at the policy level).

National Stepfamily Resource Center
Resources and information for stepfamilies

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Information and resources related to learning disabilities.

National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)
NPEN is committed to advancing the field of parenting education.  The website contains information and resources for parenting educators.

Prevent Child Abuse America
Resources related to preventing child abuse.

The Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Parent educators can search this site for services for families and information on policy and planning.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Resources for Families section is of special interest to parent educators and to parents. It contains articles/fact sheets related to a variety of concerns, such as ADHD, ODD, conduct disorders, suicide, etc. These articles are also available in Spanish and Arabic and a few other languages. The remainder of the site is mostly intended for mental health professionals.
This is the official web site of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which is a working group of Federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families. It offers statistics and reports on children and families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education.

Child Trends, Inc.
Child Trends features information and research about the latest trends in child well-being, as well as programs that work for youth and children.

Children’s Defense Fund
Information about the Children’s Defense Fund can be found here along with information on Head Start, Healthy Start, Fair Start, Safe Start and Moral Start and No Child Left Behind. There is also information about programs and policies and a list of state offices.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC Affiliate Groups work to improve professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education and to build public support for high quality early childhood programs.

National Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL)
A national early childhood research project supported by the US Dept. of Education’s Office of Educational Research and Improvement. NCEDL focuses on enhancing the cognitive, social, & emotional development of children from birth through ages eight.

National Institutes of Health
This site provides background on the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland. It contains current and past archives of news releases and events. Health information, grant and funding opportunities, news and events, and research can all be located on this site.

National Network for Child Care
This site features articles, newsletters, training opportunities and information about online or distance learning programs. Child care resources can also be explored by state.

The Pew Charitable Trusts/”See How We Grow”
This site features publications by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Also of interest to parent educators is a section on funding opportunities.

US Department of Health and Human Services
This site provides information about the DHHS and it’s activities. There is a section on Families and Children, as well as sections on Policy and Funding Opportunities.

Zero to Three
Zero to Three’s web site has both parent and professional sections. Professionals will find professional topics A to Z, public policy initiatives and training opportunities to assist them in working with parents of children aged birth to three.

International Organizations

Family & Parenting Institute
The Family & Parenting Institute is an independent organization in the United Kingdom that provides information and resources related to helping build a more family friendly society.

Hands on Scotland
This Scotland-based initiative provides a toolkit to encourage children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.

Parents Matter
Parenting education resources from this Canadian based organization. 

Bullying Prevention (PREVNet)
Resources on bullying prevention from the Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet) in Canada.

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