Resources for Parents

Online Resources

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Between 7 and 12 Million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. The AACAP is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.

Better Brains for Babies
This site offers information, podcasts and videos promoting activities and experiences that encourage brain development in early childhood.

Birth Injury Guide
The mission of Birth Injury Guide is to help answer the questions that parents and families have about birth injuries. Throughout this website you’ll find comprehensive birth injury information that will help guide you if your child or loved one has a birth injury.

Center on the Developing Child
Explains the science behind a child’s developing brain.  Offers suggestions on promoting healthy brain development and provides information on how television viewing affects the brain.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
This online source has credible health information with an extensive section of health and safety topics.

Center for Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
This center is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Child Development Institute
CDI provides current parent education on a wide variety of topics. Lists of materials in different formats also included.

Early Childhood Development
The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development (ECD) promotes a joint approach at the federal level to improving the availability of high quality early learning and development programs.

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development
Presents information on early brain development, attachment and parenting skills along with related research articles.

Family Place Libraries™
The official website for Family Place Libraries that provides training opportunities, shares libraries in the spotlight, and updated resource lists and bibliographies on early childhood topics are included.

First Things First
Offers videos on brain development, brain architecture, baby linguistics, early literacy, early conversations and more.

A public service to help ensure that Internet users have safe, constructive and educational or entertaining online experiences.

Get Ready to Read
Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten.

Healthy Baby Healthy Brain
Offers parents videos on the importance of prenatal care, attachment relationships, nutrition, play, physical activity and sleep in building children’s brains.
Supports each family’s unique approach to preparing their children for success.

Kids Health
Offers parents information on general medicine and surgical health issues as well as articles on an extensive subject list of child health issues, such as allergies, ear and throat issues, etc… A parent section also deals with behavioral and devleopmental issues as well. (Site available in Spanish).

Learning the Signs
Track your child’s development and learn different methods for positive parenting at different stages in your child’s life. This website is hosted by the CDC.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio is a consumer organization that publishes independent reviews of toys and children’s media. Subscribe to their free newsletter listing toy reviews.

Safe Kids USA
Find safety tips, a car seat safety guide, product recalls, and more. Promotes changes in attitudes, behaviors, laws and the environment to help prevent accidental injury to children and adolescents ages 1-19, along with children with special needs.

Texas Education Agency

Three Key Years
Offers activities to stimulate brain growth, tips for parents and grandparents, milestone charts, and videos on brain development including “Nurturing Your Baby’s Brain”, “Three Key Years”, and “How to Raise a Genius” under the parent toolkit tab.

Understood is a website hosting 15 nonprofit groups geared to working with parents who have children who are suffering with learning and attention issues.

Features a brain building basics video. Create an account to access tips on brain building activities, a journal that suggests brain stimulating activities and keeps track of completed tasks.  Offers a section for professionals with activities to boost brain growth grouped by subject area (math, literacy, problem solving, self-control, communication)

Zero to Three
A national, nonprofit organization that helps parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Zero to Three’s Beyond the Word Gap
Provides resources to help develop language and learning in the early years.

Apps for Parents

Artwork and Photos

Family Album Mitene: Private Photo & Video Sharing
This app allows users to easily and safety organize and share photos with family members. Available on Google Play and iTunes

This app allows users to archive their little ones precious works of art! Available on Google Play and iTunes.

 Health, Growth and Development

All Children’s Hospital – Pocket Doc
Whenever and wherever health issues or concerns arise this symptoms checker app is available to ease your worries and tell you what to do! Available on iTunes.

CDC’s Milestone Tracker
Created by the CDC this app allows parents and guardians to track, check and find resources to ensure your little ones are meeting their milestones.

First Year
Designed specifically for baby’s first year, this app provides a baby tracker, a breastfeeding/nursing timer, bottle feeding record, sleep, diaper and milestone log, as well as a growth chart for newborns

Web MD Baby
Access hundreds of articles and videos developed and approved by WebMD doctors and manage infant schedules for sleeping, feeding, growth and more.

Zero To Three-Let’s Play
Let’s Play is a free parenting app from ZERO TO THREE with fun activities, organized by age and routine, for parents to use to support their young child’s early learning

Neighborhood and Travel Tips

Trekaroo Family Travel
This is a must have app when planning to traveling with little ones! Trekaroo provides app users with advice on where to stay, what to eat and what to do, the app even allows users to make a detailed itinerary for your trip. Available on iTunes

Winnie offers a unique local guide for parents and guardians who are looking for great kid friendly experiences. Available on Google Play and iTunes

Pregnancy and Parenting

Daddy Up
This modern and humorous twist on a classic “what to expect” app provides helpful tips and suggestions for dads-to-be. Available on Google Play and iTunes.

Pregnancy Tracker & Countdown to Baby Due Date (Google Play)
Pregnancy Tracker & Baby App (iTunes)
Whether you are pregnant or planning on getting pregnant this is the go to app for all things pregnancy!