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Links for Families

Baby Sign Language Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t quite bridge the gap to full speech. Imagine how your life would change if your baby could tell you when she wanted milk, when she was too hot, or if she just wanted to show you something you missed like a flower!

American Academy of Pediatricts Whether you’re looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities.

Autism Support Network Join our free support community and connect with thousands of other families and individuals touched by ASD. Find out what’s working for others, coping strategies, and life guides from others living what you’re going through now.

Brain Building in Progress Whenever you see children interacting and learning in enriching environments, what you’re really seeing is brain building in progress. The latest science shows that these
early experiences actually build the architecture of the developing brain; much like a house is built from the bottom up.

Born Learning Everyday life is a learning experience for children. Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.

Centers of Excellence for Children’s Well-being (Parenting Series) The mission of the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD) is to improve our knowledge of the social and emotional development of young children.

Child Care Aware Parent Network is an organization within the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), brings you together with millions of people who share your concern about access to safe, affordable and nurturing child care.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

Get Ready To ReadThe Get Ready to Read! screening tool is a reliable, research-based series of questions for children in the year before they enter kindergarten, to determine whether they have the early literacy skills they need to become readers.

Head Start has Tips for FamiliesThese fact sheets serve as tools to help Head Start health managers provide important information to families about National Center on Health priorities. We hope that you find them useful as you work within your programs and communities to strengthen the health and wellness of all Head Start children.

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Inc. Creating a safe environment for your baby is the best thing you can do to ensure the first years are happy and healthy. Raising your bundle of joy takes care and knowledge. Being more aware of the products in and around your home is just another step that will become second nature as baby grows.

MASS 211 Every day, someone somewhere in Massachusetts needs to find essential community services, an after school program, a food bank, or where to secure care for an aging parent. Many face these challenges, but don’t always know where to turn for help. The solution is to dial 2-1-1

MassResources.org provides useful information about a wide range of assistance programs for people in need living in Massachusetts. It provides information on what benefits are available, how to apply, eligibility requirements, benefit amounts, and answers to commonly asked questions.

National Tax credit outreach campaign How much are the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit worth in Tax Year 2016 for the 2017 filing season?

Parents Helping Parents How much are the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit worth in Tax Year 2010 for the 2011 filing season?

Tax Credit Resources for Parents Many times we experience significant life events that have a tax impact too! This page is designed to help you while explaining to taxpayers the tax impact of these events.

Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children’s Entertainment (TRUCE) is a national group of educators deeply concerned about how children’s entertainment and toys are affecting the play and behavior of children in our classrooms.

Text4baby Initiative. Text4baby is a FREE mobile information service designed to promote maternal and children health. An educational program of the National Health Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life. Women who sign up for the service by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) will receive free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or their baby’s date of birth.

US Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.

Zero to Three Here you’ll find science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development.