I Wish I Were Far From the Madding Crowd

Parenting Resources

This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list, but one where I’m parking links to websites that look like they might be useful.  (I will add newer resources at the top of the list.)

Nature Deficit Disorder

The Critical Role of Environmental Education for your Child’s Future


Nature Deficit Disorder is not a medical condition — it describes our lack of a relationship to the environment. It hurts our children, our families, our communities, and our environment. Luckily, the cure starts in our own backyards.

See also: Green Living (Education.com)http://www.education.com/topic/family-green-living/

National Environmental Education Week (April 11-17, 2010)


A community for parents interested in their children’s education.  It’s not clear which resources are available without joining, so with that in mind, here are a list of topics covered.  You can also browse resources by topic, age, or grade.

Features include:

Topics covered include:

Special Editions

    CDC Parent Portal

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


    Family Education Network


    Family Education Activities Finder

    Family Education Blogshttp://blogs.familyeducation.com/parenting

    Links to information and resources on child development and positive parenting

    List from the CDC National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (copied 3-07-10)

    • American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The site lists resources including books and articles, and provides articles on current topics.
    • American School Health Association Council for Early Childhood Education and Services http://www.childhealthonline.org/ashamain.htm The ASHA Council on Early Childhood Health Education and Services is dedicated to promoting the importance of health education and health services to children ages birth through five years, addressing such important issues such as health and safety in child care, health education for preschool children, and promotion of normal brain development through developmentally appropriate practice.
    • Bright Futures http://www.brightfutures.org A national initiative to promote and improve the health and well-being of infants, children, and adolescents. The site includes publications, training tools, and distance learning materials.
    • California Children and Families Commission http://www.ccfc.ca.gov The California Children and Families Act of 1998 is designed to provide, on a community-by-community basis, all children prenatal to five years of age with a comprehensive, integrated system of early childhood development services. The site offers links to current articles and focuses on current state legislation.
    • Center for Child Well-Being http://www.childwellbeing.org The Center focuses on nurturing strengths in children that contribute to their health and well-being, including physical health, growth of the mind, and social and emotional development. The website includes parenting forums, and resources for parents and community members.
    • Child Health Online http://childhealthonline.org/ Child Health Online provides child health and safety resources including staff training, parent information, and free downloadable safety booklets for children.
    • Family Voices http://www.familyvoices.org A national, grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs. The site provides links to resources and information on advocacy.
    • First Signs http://www.firstsigns.org A national non-profit organization dedicated to educating parents and physicians about the early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders. The site offers information on screening, development, referral, treatment, and resources for parents.
    • KidsHealth® http://kidshealth.org Created by The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with up-to-date health information, with separate areas for kids, teens, and parents.
    • National Association for Child Development http://www.nacd.org/ An international organization of parents and professionals dedicated to helping children and adults reach their full potential through the use of innovative techniques and research. The site offers information on the program, information on joining, and publications and resources.
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children http://www.naeyc.org 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. The site can locate accredited programs by zipcode.
    • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) http://www.napnap.org/ Dedicated to promoting optimal health for children through leadership, practice, advocacy, education and research.
    • National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs
      The American Academy of Pediatrics’ medical home website contains resources, information, and tools on providing medical homes for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Visit this site to learn more about CYSHCN, the providers and families that care for them, and the strategies that practices, communities, and states are taking to improve the lives of CYSHCN.
    • National Clearing House on Abuse & Neglect Information http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/topics/prevention/index.cfm
      Extensive resources and information from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families on preventing, recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect, research on the effects of abuse and neglect, the child welfare system, parenting tips, community awareness activities, family support, and more.
    • National Adoption Information Clearing House http://naic.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm
      Comprehensive information from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families on all aspects of domestic and international adoption.
    • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) http://www.srcd.org The purposes of SRCD are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings. The site includes resources, and information on conferences.
    • Talk With Your Kids
      http://www.talkwithkids.org/ Talk With Your Kids is a national initiative by Children Now and the Kaiser Family Foundation to encourage parents to talk with their children early and often about tough issues like sex, HIV/AIDS, violence, and alcohol and drug abuse.
    • The Whole Child www.pbs.org/wholechild Resources for parents and educators including articles, videos, and age appropriate activities.
    • Zero to Three http://www.zerotothree.org ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to promote the healthy development of our nation’s infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. The site includes resources for parents and professionals.

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