Parent/Caregiver Resources in Developmental Phase
Research has shown that supporting the healthy development of a child right from the start promotes significant educational, social, and financial benefits for children, as well as for their communities.
The OEL will provide resources that will enable all parents to identify the best early programs for their children and for districts to target professional development.
Just for Parents
- cdc.gov/parents The Center for Disease Control provides parents with information and resources about pregnancy, infants, and young children. It includes videos, phone applications, and developmental milestone information tailored to parents of early learners. This is a great website to support a healthy start!
The ALLIANCE National Parent Technical Assistance Center (NPTAC) provides Parent Centers, Parent Training and Information Centers (PTIs) and Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), with innovative technical assistance, up-to-date information, and high quality resources and materials. A major goal of the ALLIANCE National PTAC is to build the capacity of Parent Centers in order to improve results for children with disabilities ages 0 -26 in rural, urban and suburban areas and from underrepresented and underserved populations.
The Parent Network of Western NY is a community resource for families of individuals with special needs and for professionals who work with these families. Parent Network’s goal is to empower families to successfully advocate for their children with special needs and to see that they receive proper care and education by offering seminars, workshops, conferences, information and referral services and resources. Parent Network is designated as a Technical Assistance Parent Center by NYS Education Department and receives funding from several sources. Parent Network's staff specializes in empowering parents to communicate effectively with professionals and to successfully advocate for their children. Parent Network also works with professionals by providing continuing education opportunities, resources and referral services. All of these services are free of charge for families, professionals and service providers of individuals with disabilities.
Resources for Children with Special Needs (RCSN) is New York City's only independent nonprofit organization that works for families and children with all special needs, across all boroughs, to understand, navigate, and access the services needed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop their full potential. It provides various parent-centered trainings in English and Spanish.
The Metropolitan Parent Center is a Parent Training and Information Center, which helps families of children with disabilities to obtain free, appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment and access other needed services. It also assists parents to develop skills and knowledge that will help their children achieve functional and academic goals that will lead them to independent productive adult lives to the maximum extent possible.
Educational Child Based Web Resources
DaybyDayNY is a website geared towards families with young children and childcare providers that was set up by "Ready to Read at New York Libraries," an early literacy program for libraries throughout NYS. DaybyDayNY is a virtual calendar with content that changes every day. This unique setup gives families with young children numerous daily activities and a story to read together. The story, provided each day by One More Story, is in the form of an eBook that includes original music and sound effects, produced by former Sesame Street Music Director, Robby Merkin. In addition, the website includes monthly activities, storytelling and nursery rhyme videos, rhymes for young children, craft activities for children and their caregivers, a link to "Find Your Public Library," a New York State map of museums with activities for young families, health information, and reading lists. The website is designed to help parents and caregivers increase their young child's cognitive skills and have fun together at the same time.
Kids.gov is the official kids portal for the United States Government. It provides many links to educational sites where students can play educational games and engage in activities connected to the arts, math, and the sciences. See Professional Development page for more links to parent friendly sites.
OLogy is a site through the American Museum of Natural History that makes science fun with resources and activities to encourage your child’s curiosity.
- New Philharmonic Kidzone
The New Philharmonic Kidzone is the NY Philharmonic official kid’s website. Its activities encourage creativity and interaction with music.
- Smithsonian Education: Families
Smithsonian Education: Families provide activities, games and educational opportunities for children.
- KidsZone - National Park Service
The KidsZone provides opportunities for kids to link with the National Park System and become Junior web rangers while learning about the US park system and science around it.