Resources for Parents

Online Resources

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

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.

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

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

GetNetWise
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.

Homeschool.com
Supports each family’s unique approach to preparing their children for success.

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.

Vroom
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.

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

KidsArt5
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
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!