We have assembled a whole bunch of useful, high-quality, web resources for parents of young children. We try to steer clear of advertisers and commercial sites. Clicking on the embedded links will open each resource in a new window – have fun exploring and let us know if you have suggestions for other resources!
Child Care Resources
The National Association for the Education of Young Children has some resources for parents on what to look for in a quality childcare or preschool, a database of accredited programs, and brochures and information school readiness activities you can do at home with your child.
Child Development & Brain Development
Click here for science-based information on the brain and its development from Brain Connection.
Science shows that babies’ brain growth benefits tremendously from adult interaction: just talking with your baby is a great start! For more information about nurturing your child’s language skills, visit talkwithmebaby.org.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has some great child development information .
Here’s a link to the CDC’s “Learn the Signs, Act Early” site that helps parents and caregivers identify signs of autism and other developmental differences.
This site from Zero to Three lets you explore a child’s developing brain–great information along with the cool graphics.
Click here to access BabySteps, an excellent e-newsletter for parents of young children published by Zero to Three, a national organization that works to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
On the Promising Practices site, experts answer parents’ questions about television and young children.
The 40 Assets are Building Blocks for Raising Healthy Children and Youth. Since its creation in 1990, Search Institute’s framework of Developmental Assets has become the most widely used approach to positive youth development in the United States. Grounded in extensive research, the Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. This link will take you to a list of the 40 assets.
Connections to Local Parents
The Nest is a great connection for new and expectant parents – they have classes, resources, and info on pregnancy and birth, the postnatal period, breastfeeding, parenting, even yoga for the peritnatal period. They also host a weekly moms group for mothers and their babies 0 to 18 months.
Sierra Madres and Padres is a local e-mail distribution for parents; their website is out-of-date but on it you can sign up to join their very active e-mail list and learn lots about what’s going on locally.
MOPS is a bi-weekly support group for parents and their 0 to 5-year-olds in a church setting; there are several local groups including this one.
Family Resource Centers
The PARTNERS Family Resource Centers are a network of family resource centers in western Nevada County, with locations in Grass Valley, Penn Valley, and on the San Juan Ridge. Under the auspices of the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office, these resource centers are open to all Nevada County residents and are “Where Nevada County families and community members gather for support, information, resources, and fun!” Click on the link to see their brochure.
The Family Resource Center of Truckee is a non-profit that seeks to “promote social and economic success in our community by providing education, mobilizing resources and advocating for change.” Click on the link to see their website and explore their many programs and activities for families and children.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is a great resource for medical information
Visit Kids’ Health for terrific articles on every health and development question you can think of from the everyday to the rare—all reviewed by doctors and specialists.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has information for parents about health, safety, and development.
Click here to see the air quality rating for Grass Valley each day.
STA-IN-NC is a local group of parents and others have come together over the issue of our poor air quality.
Ready to quit smoking? Here’s some support, information, and referrals from the California Smokers’ Helpline.
Read about the benefits of breastfeeding, and other great breastfeeding information, on the National Women’s Health Information Center site.
Worried about iron deficiency? It’s a problem for lots of pregnant women and young children – here is a link to a website and blog about iron-rich foods.
Local Events and Resources
Dial 2-1-1 is an online community resource directory of health and human services for Nevada County and a live, 24-hour call service – just dial 2-1-1 from any phone in Nevada County.
Sierra Nevada Children’s Services – the place to go for local childcare resource and referrals, as well as parenting and provider information
About Nevada County is full of interesting links about Nevada County history and institutions, as well as places to go and things to do.
Go Nevada County has a great calendar of local events – you can search by type of event or by date.
The KARE Nursery is our local crisis nursery, where you can find free, quality care for your young children in times of need.
Seeds of Hope is a local church-based organization that offers emotional and financial support to families that have a child with a critical health situation or on- going special needs.
And don’t forget to check out our calendar of Nevada County events that are just right for families and children under age 6.
First 5 California has a whole new website full of parenting information.
Zero-to-Three, a national organization that works to improve the lives of babies and toddlers, has terrific parenting information.
Common Sense Media is a great tool that gives reports on appropriateness of movies, video games, and websites for children at many different ages. Reminder: the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly suggests children under two have no screen time (TV, dvds, computers, video games).
Preventive Ounce’s goal is to help parents understand their children’s temperaments. Sadly, they have recently had to begin charging a $10 membership fee (access to the website for a year) in order to continue to provide services. They provide an online survey that will give you a temperament profile for your 4-month-old to 5-year-old and tips for handling a child with that temperament. Worth every penny!
The Centers for Disease Control has wonderful positive parenting tips and child development information.
Teachers’ Quick Source is a quick and easy-to-use resource for both parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers. The site gives you information about child development in different areas, such as language and literacy, and then gives you fun activity ideas, by age, to support that development.