PARENTING RESOURCES AND ACTIVITY IDEAS


Child & Family WebGuide

The WebGuide describes and evaluates web sites that contain research-based information about child development. The goal of the WebGuide is to give the public easy access to the best child development information on the Web. There are five main categories of information: family/parenting, education/learning, typical child development, health/mental health and resources/recreation.


The Family Education Network

A resource for parents and professionals covering such topics as professional development, lifelong learning, and tools, activities, and resources for teachers, parents, and students


Maine Family Networks

A group of neighboring parents raising infants or toddlers who believe sharing our experiences can make family life more rewarding. Explores existing family activities and inspires new local events.


Parent's Action Store

A wide variety of resources for parents, early childhood professionals, child advocates, health care providers, policymakers and the media.


Parents as Teachers

A parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.


Parents Place

Contains news and information on a variety of parenting topics, such as education, health, relationships, etc. Also includes live chats and excepts of books on parenting.


Read To Me International

Promotes the belief that every child should be read to every day for 10 minutes. The site features reading tips and suggested books.



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HEALTH, NUTRITION AND SAFETY



Children's Nutrition Research Center
Defines the nutritional needs of children, from conception through adolescence, as well as the needs of pregnant women and nursing mothers. The website provides up-to-date Consumer News that includes nutrition news from CNRC researchers and dietitians, an index of nutrition information and FAQs by subjects, and links to other relevant websites.


Healthy Child Care America 

A collaborative effort of health professionals, child care providers, and families working to improve the health and safety of children in child care. HCCA seeks to maximize the health, safety, well-being, and developmental potential of all children so that each child experiences quality child care within a nurturing environment and has a medical home.


A parent-friendly tool on health and safety issues in child care.


Lets Go!

A community-based initiative to promote healthy lifestyle choices for children, youth and families in 12 Greater Portland communities. Our goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children and youth - from birth to 18.



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RESEARCH, AWARENESS AND INITIATIVES



Born Learning

A tool for long-lasting community change that supports young children.  It has three cornerstones:  Awareness: Providing important information about how young children learn. Education: Providing easy, fun action steps that parents, grandparents and caregivers can use every day.  Action: Providing a visible platform for public policy and action.


Child Abuse Action Network

CAAN  provides training, helping develop needed resources, and facilitating the inter-disciplinary coordination of the public and private sectors in efforts designed to reduce and eliminate child maltreatment.


Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Promotes high quality research in child care and early education and the use of that research in policymaking. Also provides information on public policies.


Children's Defense Fund

CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. We pay particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.


Connect for Kids

This web site targets adults - parents, grandparents, educators, policy makers and others - who want to become more active on behalf of kids in their communities. The Connect for Kids team is made up of children's experts, journalists and communications specialists who use the latest research on the status of children and studies in communications to provide timely information to interested adults.


Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS)   

Supports States to plan, develop and implement collaborations and partnerships to support families and communities in their development of children who are healthy and ready to learn at school entry.


The Maine Children's Alliance

By collecting and analyzing data on children and their health, economic and demographic status, we seek to link research to practice and public policy. We regularly bring diverse groups together in coalitions that support policy initiatives that benefit children, providing oversight in state policy arenas and serving as a resource on children and family policy issues at the local and national levels.


National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC is the world's largest organization working on behalf of young children. Membership is open to all individuals who share a desire to serve and act on behalf of the needs and rights of all young children.


National Child Care Information Center          
A national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services. Search this site if you are looking for information about government funding, Head Start, licensing, and more.


National Fatherhood Initiative
National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) works in every sector and at every level of society to engage fathers in the lives of their children. NFI offers a wide range of innovative resources to assist fathers and organizations interested in reaching and supporting fathers.

ZERO TO THREE              

A national non-profit dedicated to advancing current knowledge; promoting beneficial policies and practices; communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences; and providing training, technical assistance, and leadership development to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers.



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FINDING LOCAL SERVICES

2-1-1 Maine, Inc.

Connects anyone in Maine who wants to give help or get help with a full range of health and human services in their community.


Child Care Aware 

A non-profit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. Parents and others seeking local child care programs can search by zip code on this site and find licensed child care programs in their area.


Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Provides information and resources on a wide variety of topics, including programs and services for child care, child welfare, health and safety, etc.


Maine Home Visiting Programs

Trained visitors come to the homes of mothers, fathers and other caregivers to share new and helpful ways to parent. Home visitors also connect parents to the health and social supports they need to be happy, healthy families in Maine.



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