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Additional Related Web Sites

The World Wide Web provides information on numerous topics of interest to both professionals and parents. The alphabetized list below is just a sample of Web sites related to the growth and development of young children:

American Academy of Pediatrics

This site offers child health information to both parents and professionals. The publications section is particularly helpful to obtain the latest policies and publications regarding children’s health and safety.

Beginning Together

Beginning Together was created in collaboration with the California Department of Education, Child Development Division (CDD) and WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies as an inclusion support to the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC).

The purpose of Beginning Together is to ensure that children with special needs are incorporated, and appropriate inclusive practices are promoted, in the training and technical assistance provided by the existing cadre of CDE/WestEd certified trainers in the PITC. This is accomplished through a “training of trainers” institute, regional outreach activities, revision/development of written materials, support to institute graduates, and support of inclusive practices in other PITC activities, such as the demonstration programs.

Bright Futures

Current and emerging preventative and health promotion of infants, children, and families. This site features guidelines for health supervisors; a section for developmental issues and strengths in the infancy period; and related publications.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

An effective tool for policymakers and researchers that facilitates access to current research and findings, datasets, statistics, instruments, and other analytic tools related to child care and early childhood education.

Child Care Bureau

Information on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, links to other Administration on Children and Families sites and other information within the Department of Health and Human Services, with links to other related child care sites.


The CIVITAS Child Trauma Programs at Baylor College of Medicine are attacking child maltreatment in several areas. The Family Information section has information on the effects of traumatic events on children and what you can do to fight child abuse. The site also contains some articles in Spanish.

Council for Exceptional Children

This professional organization is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities and the gifted. The Web site offers resources for people working with and advocating for students with special needs.

Department of Health and Human Services – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

An invaluable resource for the latest news on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). You can obtain essential documents regarding child support, child care funds to states, Medicaid resources, and the Welfare Reform Implementation Informational Package. Some of these documents are available in Spanish.

Early Head Start National Resource Center

This site contains a database of all the Early Head Start program sites as well as valuable tips and strategies for trainers and many full text documents on a range of infant/toddler related topics.

Every Child by Two: The Carter/Bumpers Campaign for Early Immunization

This Web site offers resources and information on early immunization. The new 1997 immunization schedule is posted. A program of the American Nurses Foundation, the campaign offers an Immunization Partners Conference and community action activities.

“Find A Car Seat” App, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ official web site for parents, presents an easy-to-use “Find a Car Seat” checker to quickly learn what car seat is right for your child based on age, height, and weight. The app includes installation instructional videos, audio clips, and articles to help parents use their car seats safely. In addition, the app includes a full sortable product guide updated for 2013, including prices and size limits.” The app is available from the iTunes store.

For Our Babies

For Our Babies is a national movement promoting healthy development in U.S. children from conception to age 3. They advocate for the types of environments, experiences, and relationships that infants and toddlers need in order to thrive.

Giving Children Their Best Chance

Each child grows and learns at his or her own individual rate of development. Although children may accomplish certain tasks sooner or later than others, there is a range of what is considered normal development. This website offers a developmental checklist and other resources for families.

Healthy Futures

This comprehensive website, based on Bright Futures Guidelines, was developed through a partnership of the Virginia Department of Health, James Madison University and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Parents can view videos and written materials which provide child development information on a variety of topics.

Prevention 1st created to encourage all households to maintain a working smoke alarm, create an exit plan, and above all practice your home fire drill twice a year.

While regular fire drills are required at schools and many workplaces, less than 20% of U.S. households have created and practiced a home fire escape plan. Unfortunately, more than 80% of fire fatalities happen at home. A practiced fire escape plan could save many lives.

I am Your Child

This site provides information regarding key issues in child development, parenting questions, expert advice, resources, and a community action campaign.

Keeping Your Kids Safe In and Around Cars

A good education resource from KidsandCars.orgKeeping Your Kids Safe In and Around Cars offers safety tips for when children are both inside and outside motor vehicles.  (This pdf is in English and Spanish.)

Kids Health
This website has information about health, behavior, and development from prenatal stages through the childhood years.

Look Before You Lock launched a new Look Before You Lock campaign to educate parents and caregivers about how children can be inadvertently left alone in a vehicle. (This pdf is in English and Spanish.)

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities

NICHCY is a project of the Academy for Educational Development, operated through a Cooperative Agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education. This Web site offers information on disabilities and disability-related services for individuals from birth to 22 years. In addition to their publications, NICHCY offers information searches on their database, referrals, and technical assistance.

The National Parenting Center – TNPC

This site offers parenting resources and advice from experts in the field of child development. Professionals may find useful advice and helpful tips to share with parents.

NAEYC for Families

This site offers reseach-based tips from NAEYC and ideas on children’s learning and development families can trust—and much, much more!  Be sure to check out two of our favorite posts: 10 Ways Babies Learn When We Sing To Them and Top 10 No Cost Toys for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care

This site has many links to related sites pertaining to child care, child health, special needs, and parenting. You can also find each states child care licensing regulations and the National Guidelines for Out of Home Care Programs – Health and Safety Performance Standards.

Nemours Foundation/Kidshealth

Developed by pediatric medical specialists, this site offers information on child health to children, parents, and medical professionals. The parenting section offers information about specific illnesses and parent support groups.

Resources for Infant Educarers

Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) teaches a unique philosophy and methodology in caring for infants. The teachings of Magda Gerber, incorporating respect, quality time, patience and observation are offered in the form of training classes, books and videos. The site is a resource for parents and professional infant/toddler care teachers.

Safe Sleep

This brochure, A Parents’ Guide to Safe Sleep, is designed to help parents reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (in English and Spanish).

Tummy Time

Back to Sleep, Tummy to Play, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, answers questions about the importance of safe play and sleep (in English and Spanish).

VDSS Child Care Guidance for Parents

VDSS Child Care Guidance for Parents lists topics which may be helpful for parents.  Topics include child care assistance, health form for school or child care and instructions, and tax credits for parents.


WestEd’s site offers information on all levels of education including the infant/toddler stage. It also has links to more specific content areas such as charter schools, math and science education and standards and assessment.

Zero to Three / National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families

A national organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of infants and toddlers, this site offers cutting-edge research, demonstrated best practices, parenting tips, publications, and conference information.

Zero to Three / Grandparents

While many grandparents provide occasional care for their little ones, more and more grandparents are serving as the primary caregiver for their young grandchildren. ZERO TO THREE’s grandparenting resources include information on supporting healthy child development as well as tools for addressing some of the more common challenging situations that come up when raising young children. While many grandparents provide occasional care for their little ones, more and more grandparents are serving as the primary caregiver for their young grandchildren.

211 United Way

The 211 Virginia website helps individuals find community resources by county, need (e.g. Individual, Family & Community Support), and type of program (e.g. Parenting, Respite, Car Seats, or Child Protective Services).

Contact Information

Amy Stutt
Statewide Director
151 Point O Woods Road
Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
Tel: (757) 566-3300

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