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National Domestic Violence Hotline
Thursday, July 28, 2011

The National Domestic Violence Hotline runs a helpful website and phone hotline for people in crisis and those that care about them. Tollfree number: 800-799-7233.

 

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Chess for Success
Monday, March 28, 2011

Research has shown that kids that play chess have higher math scores and increased verbal intelligence/cognition. Learn how to start a chess club at your school and get kids and parents involved.

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Family-Schools.org
Thursday, October 07, 2010

"When the school functions as a community rather than in a community, its constituents associate with one another and share common values about the education of children. Those children become our children, and parents are full partners in the education of their children and each other's children. Teachers are professionals integrated into the web of community and buoyed by common purpose."

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International Reading Association Parent Resources
Thursday, October 07, 2010

IRA resources are available to help parents as they take on their critical role as their children’s first and most important teachers. Resources include Getting Your Child To Read, Supporting Your Beginning Reader, What Kids Really Want To Read, and Storytelling: When? Why? How!

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Pact360
Thursday, October 07, 2010

Working together with key community stakeholders focused on prevention, treatment, health care, education and law enforcement, The Partnership at Drugfree.org developed a series of research-based, multimedia community education programs designed specifically to inform parents about today’s drug and alcohol landscape, equip them to be more effective in dealing with these issues and help them raise healthy teens.

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Sports and Recreation Safety Fact Sheet
Thursday, October 07, 2010

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child should have an opportunity to participate in sports or any recreational activity that promotes regular physical activity. Participation can be related to health benefits as well as health risks. Although deaths among children playing organized sports are rare, sports injuries are a common occurrence among children.

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SchoolGrantsBlog.com
Tuesday, September 07, 2010

"Our mission is to help each and every single person get a school grant. We are 24/7 working committee dedicated in helping students and adults to get higher education."

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Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Developmental Milestones
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.)."

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March of Dimes Developmental Milestones for Babies
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

“No two babies are exactly alike. Your baby will develop at her own pace. Most babies reach certain milestones at similar ages. However, it's not unusual for a healthy, “normal” baby to fall behind in some areas or race ahead in others.”

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Mayo Clinic’s Infant Development: What Happens from 4 to 6 Months?
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

“From ages 4 to 6 months, your baby becomes more aware of his or her surroundings. Infant development milestones include rolling over, clapping hands and babbling.”

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Mayo Clinic’s Infant Development: Birth to 3 Months
Wednesday, September 01, 2010

“Infant development begins at birth. Consider major infant development milestones from birth to 3 months — and know what to do when something's not right.”

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Tips for Toy Safety
Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Links to numerous resources on child product safety, recalls, choosing safe toys, and much more.

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Corporate Angel Network
Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Cancer patients fly free in the empty seats on corporate jets.

A national public charity whose only mission is to arrange free travel to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on corporate and fractional ownership flights. It’s a simple process and hassle-free.

www.CorpAngelNetwork.org.  (866) 328-1313

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Educational Development Center (EDC)
Wednesday, June 02, 2010

"EDC is a global nonprofit organization that designs, delivers and evaluates innovative programs to address some of the world’s most urgent challenges in education, health, and economic opportunity. Working with public-sector and private partners, we harness the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement.

EDC conducts 350 projects in 35 countries around the world.

Our services include research, training, educational materials and strategy, with activities ranging from seed projects to large-scale national and international initiatives. EDC enjoys a worldwide reputation for its excellence in program and fiscal management and for the impact of its work."

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The Right Choice for Kids
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"The National Association for the Education of Young Children can help you feel good about the child care, preschool, and kindergarten programs you choose for your child.  NAEYC-Accredited programs provide a safe and healthy learning environment with well-trained teachers who work with curricula that are appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.  Look for the NAEYC-Accredited program torch when choosing a program for your child."  Find the NAEYC program near you by following this link.

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Sound Prints
Thursday, April 22, 2010

SoundPrints.com offers a wide variety of books and audio books for kids 12 months and up.  The company partners with organizations such as The American Veterinary Medical Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the World Wildlife Federation to create accurate educational books, audiobooks, and accessories.

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Olweus Bullying Prevention Program
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics as one of the most effective intervention models, this program targets bullies, victims and bystanders.

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About Bullying
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

About Bullyng features interactive games and quizzes for children and teens.

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The Right Choice for Kids
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

"The National Association for the Education of Young Children can help you feel good about the child care, preschool, and kindergarten programs you choose for your child.  NAEYC-Accredited programs provide a safe and healthy learning environment with well-trained teachers who work with curricula that are appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.  Look for the NAEYC-Accredited program torch when choosing a program for your child."  Find the NAEYC program near you by following this link.

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What Should Students Read?
Wednesday, April 07, 2010

"When looking at what students are required to read in school in 2010, it might as well be 1960. We need visionary educators who see bold purposes for school and who understand that what students read in school has profound, lifelong effects, both good and bad."

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American Indian College Fund
Friday, March 12, 2010

The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships and other support for the American Indian students. The Fund disburses approximately 6,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through higher education. The Fund also provides support for tribal college needs ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities.

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The Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation
Friday, March 12, 2010

The Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation (ALEF), a non-profit organization funded by foundations and companies, supports and  enables young men and women from Appalachia to pursue higher education though scholarship and leadership curriculum. The program includes an emphasis toward the preparation required to be the leaders of the next decade.  The concept of operations for ALEF is to partner with established academic institutions across Appalachia to provide the technical skills necessary as the basis for credible leadership.

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The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Friday, March 12, 2010

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 34 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded close to $280M in scholarships to more than 90,000 students in need.   Two-thirds of these students were the first in their families to go to college.

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The Posse Foundation
Friday, March 12, 2010

Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships.

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College Summit
Friday, March 12, 2010

College Summit is a national nonprofit organization that partners with schools and districts to strengthen college-going culture and increase college enrollment rates, so that all students graduate career and college-ready.

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Let's Move
Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Let's Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. 

Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.

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Youth and Tobacco Information Sheet
Friday, January 29, 2010

What youth should know about tobacco, what parents should know, and what coaches should know.  Includes reasons why smoking is dangerous and tips to help kids fight the temptation to smoke.



Medline Plus's Smoking and Youth
Friday, January 29, 2010

Nearly a quarter of high school students in the U.S. smoke cigarettes. Another 8% use smokeless tobacco. Smoking has many health risks for everyone. However, the younger you are when you start smoking, the more problems it can cause. For example:

  • People who start smoking before the age of 21 have the hardest time quitting.
  • About 30% of youth smokers will continue smoking and die early from a smoking-related disease.
  • Teen smokers are more likely to use alcohol and illegal drugs.
  • They are more likely to have panic attacks, anxiety disorders and depression.

Parents and other adults who work with children can help by warning them of the risks of smoking. They can also set a good example by not smoking themselves.  This resource offers more information about teens and smoking and links to other helpful sites.

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ParentsEmpowered.org
Thursday, January 14, 2010

This site offers a host of really useful materials for teachers and parents to talk to kids about alcohol use and to help them make smart decisions while out with their friends.  Resources include responses to frequently asked questions, a conversation jar--a conversation and family activity starter, a prevention brochure in Spanish and English, teaching tools, fact sheets, and much more. 

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www.StepFam.org
Monday, December 28, 2009

The National Stepfamily Resource Center is a division of Auburn University's Center for Children, Youth, & Families.  Its mission: to be a "clearinghouse of information" provides resources on a broad range of relevant topics for couples and children in stepfamilies.  Examples: handling stepfamily money and the effects of remarriage on children.

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Eating Disorders: What Families Need to Know
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"What do I need to know about eating disorders?"

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When Children Diet: Preventing Eating Disorders in Kids
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"If your young child thinks she needs to go on a diet, it's time to have a talk. "

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Is Your Child at Risk of an Eating Disorder?
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Teens and tweens develop eating disorders for reasons from personality to genes. Learn the common triggers and if your child is at risk. "

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Is Your Child at Risk of an Eating Disorder?
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Teens and tweens develop eating disorders for reasons from personality to genes. Learn the common triggers and if your child is at risk. "

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USDA resources
Saturday, December 12, 2009

The USDA website has many articles dealing with food,eating healthy, teaching healthy eating, eating disorders etc.

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Special Issues for Tweens and Teens
Saturday, December 12, 2009

This website discusses how media has an impact on our teens and tweens.

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Parent Teacher Interviews/Conferences
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Tips for Effective Conferences"

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Making the Most of Your Parent-Teacher Conference
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"You may have met with your child's teacher when the school year began. By the time the conference rolls around, several weeks will have passed; this means you, your child, and his teacher should all have a better sense of your child's struggles and strengths. How can you organize your comments and concerns? Here are factors to consider"

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The Parent-Teacher Conference: Five Must-Ask Questions
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"In order to help your child have a successful school year, you need to know what is expected of her, academically, from now until June. You can find out by asking some questions. Take this list with you to your next parent-teacher conference. And don't forget to take notes!"

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10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"If you want your child to be a stellar student, don't limit learning to the walls of his classroom. Although the skills he's learning there are crucial to his intellectual and social growth, your child needs your help to really "open up the world of ideas," according to child psychologist Robin Forman, PhD. His renewed joy in discovery will transfer to his schoolwork, so you'll boost his academic achievement, too! "

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How to motivate your child for middle school
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Get your preteens organized for academic achievement!"

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Fostering Motivation in Kids With Learning and Attention Problems
Saturday, December 12, 2009

"Learn how to help kids sustain the joy of learning for its own sake in the face of their struggles and frustrations."

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Motivation:101: You Can Motivate Children to Learn
Saturday, December 12, 2009

This article lays out 7 strategies to premote self-motivation

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Top 10 Ways to Motivate Gifted Children
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Parents of gifted children are often surprised and dismayed when their children underachieve in school. Learning disabilities in gifted children can sometimes lead to underachievement, but it is often simply a lack of motivation. Motivating some gifted children can be difficult; neither rewards nor punishments seem to work, especially for intrinsically motivated children. What can parents do to motivate their gifted children? Here are eight ideas to try

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How to Motivate Children
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

This website gives great ideas on how to modivate children.

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Checklist for an Effective Parent-School Partnership
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

One way to start improving your school's parent-school partnerships is by assessing present practices and establishing standards for parent involvement. The following questions can help you evaluate how well your school is reaching out to parents.

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Organizations
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"The following list of organizations provide assistance to parents and schools in their goal to improve the academic, social, and emotional health of children. The organizations listed here have excellent resources on their websites."

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PTA
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

PTA.org will help you become informed and involved in your children's education.

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Potty Training
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Dr. Greene's website answers parents questions about potty training, and how best to help parents potty train their children.

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Potty training readiness checklist
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Use the checklist below to measure your toddler's progress toward readiness, and keep in mind that starting before your child is truly ready doesn't mean you'll finish sooner — it's more likely that the process will just end up taking longer.

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The Socialization of School Age Children
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"The information and links on this page have been chosen to give parents some insight into the dynamics of peer relationships.  Explore the provided links to examine your child's social skills and behaviors.  Understanding your child's strengths and weaknesses in social interaction and behavior may be the key to building healthy and enjoyable relationships with their peers."

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Socialization
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

This website provides the history of socialization in the human race.

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Breastfeeding vs. Bottle feeding
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"There are advantages and disadvantages to both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. Ultimately the decision should be made by the parents. The following table outlines several of the issues that need to be considered when making the decision on whether to breastfeed, bottle-feed, or a combination of the two."

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Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

"Considerable advances have occurred in recent years in the scientific knowledge of the benefits of breastfeeding, the mechanisms underlying these benefits, and in the clinical management of breastfeeding. This policy statement on breastfeeding replaces the 1997 policy statement of the American Academy of Pediatrics and reflects this newer knowledge and the supporting publications. The benefits of breastfeeding for the infant, the mother, and the community are summarized, and recommendations to guide the pediatrician and other health care professionals in assisting mothers in the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding for healthy term infants and high-risk infants are presented."

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Breast-feeding vs. formula: What's right for your baby?
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

You know the benefits of breast-feeding. Still, a decision to use infant formula — alone or in combination with breast-feeding — shouldn't lead to guilt. Here's insight from a Mayo Clinic specialist.

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Are you prepared
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

This website provides you with detailed information about how to prepare your family and home for emergencies.

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How to Prepare for a Family Emergency Evacuation
Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Even on vacation you need to be prepared for an emergency. This web site will help you know what you need to do, and have, to be prepared for an emergency when on vacation.

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Books For High School Students on Dealing With Death
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Books for high school students on dealing with death

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Books on Death For Middle School Children
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Books for Middle school childrern on dealing with death

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Helping Kids Cope With The Loss Of A Parent
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"For kids, how they perceive death depends on their age and cognitive development. Preschool aged kids believe death is temporary. Five to nine year olds start to realize that death is irreversible and that all living things die, but think that they are somehow immune to it. Preteens, however, fully comprehend death. "Between 9 and 12, children understand that death is inevitable and affects everyone," explains Dr. Jessica Lippman, author of Helping Children Cope With the Death of a Parent."

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Helping Tweens Cope With the Death of Parent
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"The deep grief of losing a beloved parent is difficult at any age, but it can be especially traumatic for tweens, whose personal identities are just beginning form, and who -- even if they deny it -- still desperately need their moms and dads."

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Helping Children Cope With Loss, Death, and Grief Tips for Teachers and Parents
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"Schools and communities around the country will be impacted by the loss of life associated with the war in Iraq. The effects may be significant for some people because of their emotional closeness to the war and/or their concern over terrorism. How school personnel handle the resulting distress can help shape the immediate and longer-term grieving process for students, staff, and families. Children, in particular, will need the love and support of their teachers and parents to cope with their loss and reach constructive grief resolution."

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Books For Older Elementary and Middle School Childrenn
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Books for older elementary and middle school children dealing with death

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Helping Kids Cope With The Loss Of A Parent
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"For kids, how they perceive death depends on their age and cognitive development. Preschool aged kids believe death is temporary. Five to nine year olds start to realize that death is irreversible and that all living things die, but think that they are somehow immune to it. Preteens, however, fully comprehend death. "Between 9 and 12, children understand that death is inevitable and affects everyone," explains Dr. Jessica Lippman, author of Helping Children Cope With the Death of a Parent."

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Books for For Pre-school and Early Elementary School Children
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Books for Pre-school and Early Elementary School Children dealing with death

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LEARNING TO LIVE THROUGH LOSS: HELPING CHILDREN UNDERSTAND DEATH
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"Perhaps a child you know is facing the death of a loved one. Adults often fear that children are too fragile to face the reality of death. Actually, most children are emotionally strong and want to know about death. The truth helps them understand what is real, and what is imaginary. Just like adults, children need to be able to feel pain, mourn, and grow."

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Dealing With Death
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"The death of a loved one is never easy, but it can be especially hard for your child to lose a close friend or a family member. Even the death of the family pet-which is often the first time a child has to deal with death-can be a confusing and scary experience for a child."

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Talking To Children About Death
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"If you are concerned about discussing death with your children, you’re not alone. Many of us hesitate to talk about death, particularly with youngsters. But death is an inescapable fact of life. We must deal with it and so must our children; if we are to help them, we must let them know it’s okay to talk about it."

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Helping Your Child Deal With Death
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"How much kids can understand about death depends largely on their age, life experiences, and personality. But there are a few important points to remember in all cases."

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Disposable diapers
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

"You'll change thousands of diapers by the time your child is 2 to 3 years old and ready for the potty. Fortunately, diaper quality is better than ever, which makes the task easier. Your first major decision in the diaper department will be between the cloth or disposable kind (see our report on cloth diapers). Both kinds have their benefits and drawbacks. On the one hand, disposable diapers are undeniably convenient, but they're also costly: You can expect to spend $1,500 to $2,000 or more on disposables by the time your baby is out of them."

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Day Care: Choosing a Good Center
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Whether you are considering a commercial day care center or one in someone's home, you should check it out carefully. Ask questions of the staff. Talk to parents of other children at the day care center. Look over the center carefully. This handout gives you a list of questions to get started.

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Finding and Selecting Good Child Care: A Guide for Parents Returning to Work
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A big question for anyone going back to work is, "Who will take care of my children?" Finding good child care takes time and thought. Parents need to think about the types of child care programs, what good child care is and which arrangement best meets their needs.

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How to find good daycare
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Approach your daycare search as you would a job hunt. Be thorough, do your homework, and start your quest early — six months before you'll need it isn't too soon, especially if you live in a large city where daycare slots fill up faster than subway cars during rush hour. Once you find a promising daycare center or home daycare, you'll need to take a few steps to make sure it's one you want to stick with. We've outlined the process for you below.

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Circumcision for baby boys: Weighing the pros and cons
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

For some parents, circumcision is a religious ritual. It can also be a matter of family tradition, personal hygiene or preventive health care. For others, however, the procedure seems unnecessary or disfiguring.

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Circumcision: Medical Pros and Cons
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The issue of circumcision is as controversial as it ever has been. There are well-known religious, social, and medical reasons to recommend circumcision; however, most major medical societies have taken an "impartial" view of the procedure, neither recommending nor renouncing the practice.

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Circumcision
Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Whether you're expecting a baby boy or have just welcomed your new little guy into the world, you have an important decision to make before you take your son home: whether to circumcise him.

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Time to Act: How to Tell if Your Teen is Using and Taking Action to Intervene
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Teen Drug and Alcohol Intervention: A step-by-step guide for parents who suspect or know their teens are drinking or using drugs.

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For Kids' Sake Think Toy Safety
Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A guide to choosing, buying and maintaining toys for children and infants. Includes information on toy labeling and the Child Safety Protection Act.

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Playful Learning
Sunday, November 15, 2009

"Engaging in playful learning experiences with your children requires planning, preparation, flexibility, spontaneity and free, unstructured periods of time in your schedule.  This website has been designed to help families with the first two requirements: planning and preparation.  Incorporating the last three items: flexibility, spontaneity and free, unstructured periods of time into our lives is a process that is worthy of sharing with each other."

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Teacher Tube
Saturday, October 31, 2009

If you are a teacher or parent  that uses YouTube to get educational videos,  then this is the perfect site for you. Teacher Tube is an education version of YouTube that provides educational videos and resources.

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Pets and a New Baby
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Getting ready for a new family member is a busy, exciting time. In addition to all that you need to do to prepare for the new baby, there are a few things you can do to make the transition easier for your pets.

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America's Promise Parent Engagement Toolkit
Tuesday, October 06, 2009

"This toolkit also is a resource for Dropout Summit conveners and community leaders bringing the parent voice into the planning process and the development of local and state action plans addressing the dropout crisis."

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Autism Speaks
Monday, October 05, 2009

Learn what autism is, as well as diagnosis, treatment, your child's rights, and autism and your family.

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Stop Bullying Now
Monday, October 05, 2009

"Welcome to the Stop Bullying Now! Campaign. You can learn all about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around and you’ll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!"

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Pregnancy Nutrition Myths and Facts
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Find out which pregnancy nutrition myths are fact and which are fiction.

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25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

"When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these nutrition-packed snacks. Easy, tasty (and healthy) snacks."

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20th Annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study
Friday, February 27, 2009

The 20th Annual Partnership Attitude Tracking Study on Teen Drug Abuse.

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A Parent's Guide to the Teen Brain
Friday, February 27, 2009
  • “Who is this kid?”
  • “Why does my teen do that?”
  • ”What can I do?”

Through the use of video, interactive segments, scenario-based role-playing experiences, and practical advice from experts, A Parent’s Guide to the Teen Brain explores the science behind teenage brain development and how it shapes normal teenage attitude and behavior. Find tools and tips – all designed to help you connect with your teen. Gain insights into teen brain development and apply your new knowledge of normal teenage behavior to real life.

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Unigo.com College Reviews by College Students
Friday, February 27, 2009

Unigo.com offers reviews of college campuses from the students that attend there.  Includes photos of the campus, student videos about the school and is free to use.

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Child Welfare Information on Adoption
Monday, February 02, 2009

"Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; and resources for professionals on recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, and providing postadoption services."

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Sex, etc.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

"Sex education by teens, for teens."  Including topics such as girls' and guys' health, deciding about sex, STD's, teen parenting and more.  The Learning Community recommends parents preview this site and approve the content before recommending it to their tween or teen.

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Talking to Your Preteen or Teen About Waiting
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Why you need to talk, teaching your son or daughter to say "no," talking about healthy relationships, sex and risky youth behaviors, and more.

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Sex education: Talking to toddlers and preschoolers about sex
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tips for talking to young children about their sex organs and understanding common early sexual behaviors.

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Preventing the Sexual Exploitaton of Children
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

What parents, schools and communities can do to protect kids from sexual exploitation (being raped or molested).

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Vision Checklist for Parents, Teachers and Friends
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Tips for spotting early vision problems such as amblyopia and strabismus (often called "lazy eyes" or "wandering eyes").  Includes a vision checklist, common vision exams, and children's visual development.

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Child Behavior: What Parents Can Do to Change Their Child's Behavior
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

How to encourage positive behavior, tips for using "time out" and stopping misbehavior.

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Should I Have My Son Circumcised?
Monday, October 06, 2008

Routine circumcision is no longer recommended by most pediatricians.  However, there are reasons some parents opt to have their sons circumcised.  Learn more about circumcision, the reasons for and against it, and get a worksheet that will help you weigh your decision.

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Commonsense Media's Website Reviews
Tuesday, September 09, 2008

This website reviews common website kids visit and gives ratings based on age.

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Web Threats and the Social Web
Tuesday, September 09, 2008

This flash presentation shows how sites and activities kids and teens typically use can infect a computer with malicious software and discusses how to protect your computer from infection.

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When You Become 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers
Monday, September 08, 2008

This guide touches on some of the California laws that apply to teens at this turning point: age of majority, moving out, money matters, working and taxes, marriage and partnerships, civil laws and lawsuits and more.  Funded by the California Bar.

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Kids and The Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents
Monday, September 08, 2008

With information about laws pertaining to Caifornia kids on these topics: gangs, school rules, parents' rights, smoking, graffiti, working, driving, fighting, alcohol, age of majority, truancy and more.  Funded by the California Bar.

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Boys--The Search for Masculinity
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

This resource from PBS discusses takes a look at what it means to grow up masculine, the masculinity tests boys often face, how boys are often encouraged to hide the tender or emotional aspects of their personality and the many ways to be a man.

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Active or Aggressive Boys?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Boys tend to be more active and more aggressive than girls.  This resource from PBS takes a look at boy agression, the role media has in boy violence, and what parents can do.

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Boys in School
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Learn how the typical classroom may not favor the way boys learn.

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NAFSA's Resources for US Students Seeking to Study Abroad
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Learn how to fund a study abroad program and read personal accounts of other students' study abroad experiences.

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Peterson's Search for Study Abroad Programs
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Search for study abroad programs by location, discipline and other criteria.

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Go Abroad.com's Study Abroad Guide
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Understand the opportunities studying abroad offers, learn how to find financial aid, how to find a program and more.

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Smithosonian Education Resources
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Smithosonian Education Resources offers lesson plans, kids activity sheets, student and family activities and more on this free website.  The site is divided into separate areas for teachers, families and students.

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My Child Safety
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

My Child Safety is a safety guide website for parents.  Get safety tips on a variety of topics such as child safety devices, water safety, internet safety, bullying, babysitting and more.

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The Dougy Center
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.

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CHADD Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Monday, May 12, 2008

"In addition to our informative Web site, CHADD also publishes a variety of printed materials to keep members and professionals current on research advances, medications and treatments affecting individuals with AD/HD. These materials include Attention! magazine, the CHADD Information and Resource Guide to AD/HD, News From CHADD, a free electronically mailed current events newsletter, as well as other publications of specific interest to educators, professionals and parents."

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Smart Kids with Learning Disorders
Monday, May 12, 2008

"Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the parents of children with learning disabilities (LD) and attention-deficit disorder (ADHD)."

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Riley Guide for Teens
Monday, May 12, 2008

Featuring employment opportunities, links and resources for teens.

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Snag a Job
Monday, May 12, 2008

"As the #1 source for hourly and part-time employment," Snag a Job connects "job seekers with more than 100,000 active job listings from top employers across the country." 

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Teens for Hire
Monday, May 12, 2008

For teens "14 to 19 looking for a full-time, part-time, summer, seasonal, volunteer or vocational job...Membership is free of charge and allows you to search jobs, apply online, be considered for openings, and get the latest news, info and tips on how to land a job, earn money, and/or get work experience. "

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My Wonderful World
Monday, March 31, 2008

"My Wonderful World is a national campaign to give kids the power of global knowledge."  This campaign seeks to increase global awareness through geography.  With a parent action kit, links to other great resources, and "games and cool stuff" for kids. 

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Family Style
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A film guide website with recommended films for families, detailed reviews of movies currently in theaters, and movies recently released on video.  Charts violence, sex, nudity, profanity, and drugs/alcohol and goes into detail about what you can expect to see. 

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Zero to Three
Thursday, March 20, 2008

“The Nation’s Leading Resource on the First Years of Life.”  Follow the “Parents” link to a “Parent’s A-Z” with articles on hundreds of topics, a tip of the week, FAQs, Brain Wonders (a section of the site devoted to brain development), and the national education campaign “The Magic of Everyday Moments.” It “is designed to help you and other caregivers understand and gain ideas for how to use simple, everyday moments to promote your child's social, emotional, and intellectual development.”

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Youth Labor
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Resources for parents of young workers.  Includes information on workplace safety, career information for kids, and links to other useful websites. 

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Yellodyno--Stranger Danger Article
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Correcting the Stranger Danger Myth to Avert Tragedy

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Working Students
Thursday, March 20, 2008

"At What Cost?  The Price That Working Students Pay For A College Education”

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Wondertime
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Features sections like pets, creative learning, recipes, childhood development, the Dalai Mama blog, and recommended books, toys, and more. 

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Wired Safety
Thursday, March 20, 2008

The world’s largest online safety and help group.”  You can navigate by category such as parents, kids, tweens, and teens, or check out the “hot topics” menu.  Offers a comprehensive list of ways to keep kids safe online and when using wireless technologies.  Also features a live help option, a newsletter, and an interactive forum.  Also available in Spanish.

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What to Do if Your Child is Being Bullied
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Describes what bullying is, its effects, how to report it to other parents, and what to do if your child is being bullied.  Provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration. 

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What Parents Can Do to Prevent Gang Involvement
Thursday, March 20, 2008

This quick-reference card gives parents useful tips-at-a-glance and is sponsored by COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services), the FBI, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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What Parents Can Do About the Sexualization of Girls
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Tips to teach girls to “value themselves for who they are, rather than how they look.”

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What are the Indications that My Toddler Needs a Speech Therapist?
Thursday, March 20, 2008

The indications that your toddler may need to be seen by a speech therapist.  By Patrician McAleer-Hamaguchi, Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist.

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Visual Processing Disorders by Age Group
Thursday, March 20, 2008

What you should know about Visual Processing Disorders, and warning signs by age.  From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Video Games and Kids
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dangers of video games, how to moderate playing time, and how to choose the right games.

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Veggie U
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Veggie U provides fourth grade curriculum that meets national science standards.  "The lessons are rooted in a simple premise: Children who experience hands-on learning in how to grow and harvest their own vegetables will want to eat them, now and later in life."

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US Department of Labor’s Youth 2 Work
Thursday, March 20, 2008

Featuring “Youth 2 Work," “Youth Rules,” “Youth Careers,”  “Youth Safety,” and “Youth Industry” departments.  Includes regulations, seminars, safety and health information, and various e-tools.

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US Department of Education’s Supplemental Education Resource Page
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Links to Supplemental Education resources from the US Department of Education.  Includes programs and frequently asked questions.

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US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Links to nutrition service programs, nutrition activities and games for kids, nutrition information for parents, data and statistics, food safety information, and grant information.  Also available in Spanish.

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US Charter Schools
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Chartering allows schools to run independently of the traditional public school system and to tailor their programs to community needs. While not every new school is extraordinarily innovative and some school operations may mirror that of traditional public schools, policymakers, parents, and educators are looking at chartering as a way to increase educational choice and innovation within the public school system.

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Understanding and Dealing With Colic
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What Colic is, how long it can last, possible causes, how it is diagnosed, and how to cope.

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Underage Drinking
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Learn why adolescents drink, what the risks are, and how underage drinking can be prevented.  A free publication from the US Department of Health and Human Services. 

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Tufts University Family Web Guide
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Is your child's behavior out of control? Tufts University's Family Web Guide connects you with five top-rated sites featuring information on dealing with behavior issues.

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Toolkit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilities
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Tool Kit brings together the most current and accurate information, including research briefs and resources designed to improve instruction, assessment, and accountability for students with disabilities in a format that is easy to access and to understand. The Tool Kit will assist state personnel, schools, and families in their efforts to ensure that all students with disabilities receive a quality education.

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Tool Kit on Hispanic Families
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Resources to help students succeed in school.  "This tool kit was developed with guidance from over 1,800 Hispanic parents at Parent Information and Resource Centers across the country."  Also available in Spanish.

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Toilet Training
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Toilet training is a developmental milestone. It cannot be rushed. Adopting an attitude that it will eventually happen "will ease parents' frustration and protect the child's sense of esteem."

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Toddlers' Speech and Talking
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

From the Berkeley Parents Network.  Resources and advice in a Q&A format.

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Toddler Milestone--Socialization
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

This article discusses when and how toddler socialization develops, what comes next, and when to be concerned.

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Toddler Breath Holding
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Learn how to deal with a child's breath holding spells.  Also available in Spanish.

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Title IX
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The information campaign site for Title IX, which protects against sexual discrimination in any federally funded program.  Includes “10 Key Areas of Title IX” such as athletics, career education, math and science, and standardized testing.  Also features legal cases, how to take action, and a press room.

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Tips for Paying for College
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

“Applying for Federal Student Aid is Easy as 1, 2, 3” encourages this information sheet from the US Department of Education.  Includes the three key steps, and where to find more information.

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Tips for Parents on Keeping Children Drug Free
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

From the US Department of Education.

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The Waldorf Library
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A resource primarily for Waldorf teachers, but parents can get good information here as well.

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The US Dept. of Education Resources and Information Center
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text.

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The TV Boss
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A flashy website that gives parents the resources they need to gain back control over the television.  Provides information about the V-chip, cable and satellite controls, how the ratings system works, how to make rules for TV viewing in your home and how to stick to them, and public service announcements to view.  Also available in Spanish.

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The School Breakfast Program
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Provided by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, this information sheet answers questions like “How does the school breakfast program work?” and “What are the nutritional requirements for school breakfasts?”

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The Role Model Project for Girls
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

A role model registry, references and resources, and additional information to encourage girls to succeed.

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The National Dropout Prevention Centers
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

With news, publications, model programs, family/student resources, and a separate center for students with disabilities.

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The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Publications, resources, advocacy, facts and more about children's disabilities.  Also available in Spanish.

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The National Council for Research on Women
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

With information about programs, initiatives, publications, reports, and great links to information for and about girls.

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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse "CASA"
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University is the only nation-wide organization that brings together under one roof all the professional disciplines needed to study and combat abuse of all substances – alcohol, nicotine as well as illegal, prescription and performance enhancing drugs – in all sectors of society.

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The National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Featuring a comprehensive A-Z listing of health topics, resources available by state, tools, and resources.

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The National Center for Kids Overcoming Crisis
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Featuring resources for helping kids cope with crisis.

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The National Center for Fair and Open Testing
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

With publications, a position statement on NCLB, fact sheets on such topics as multiple choice tests, retention and testing, authentic accountability, and “The Dangerous Consequences of High Stakes Standardized Testing.”

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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Parent’s Information page.  With “Ten Tips for Parents to Help their Children Avoid Teen Pregnancy”, advice, the importance of parent/teen communication, and public service announcements. Also available in Spanish. 

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The Money Instructor
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Useful articles for teaching kids important money management skills.

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The Mayo Clinic
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

“Mayo Clinic's three main Web sites provide information and services from the world's first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group medical practice. Manage your health with information and tools that reflect the expertise of Mayo's 2,500 physicians and scientists, learn how to access medical services, and discover Mayo's medical research and education offerings.”

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The Math Forum at Drexel
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Weekly newsletters, discussion groups, a math library, and useful links to other math resources on the web. 

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The International Reading Association
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Free publications for the public including brochures, fact sheets, and a “Reading Today” daily news publication.  Lists “Children’s Choices” books each year, and brochures for parents such as “Explore the Playground of Books: Tips for Parents of Beginning Readers,” “Making the Most of Television: Tips for Parents of Young Viewers,” and “Understanding Your Child’s Learning Differences.”

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The International Montessori Index
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Featuring Montessori methods according to age, materials organizations, and other resources.

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The International Dyslexia Association
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pages for educators, adults, college students, parents, and teens.  Offers fact sheets, questions and answers, research, assistive technology resources, and a discussion forum.

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The Humane Society of the United States
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

For those of us who believe our pets are children too!  Get information about issues affecting pets, and type “disaster” in the search bar for ways you can prepare your animal family in case disaster strikes.

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The Harmony Project
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Harmony Project is a non-profit organization established in April of 2001 with a vision of serving the cultural and artistic needs of underprivileged children in the Los Angeles area.

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The Food Guide Pyramid for 6-11 Year Olds
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A colorfully illustrated poster of the Food Guide Pyramid for 6-11 Year Olds from the USDA.

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The Food Guide Pyramid for 2-6 Year Olds
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A colorfully illustrated poster of the guide with a chart on the back to keep track of the servings a child eats for a week.

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The Floortime Foundation
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Foundation’s mission:  “To redefine the potential of children with developmental and communication challenges by making the DIR/Floortime model broadly available.”  With resources and information about autism and related disorders for parents, professionals, and the community. 

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The Flexibility Alliance
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Supporting Flexible Work for Mothers.  With relevant news links, tools to help parents propose flexible schedules to their employers, online forums, and resources for employers.

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The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The only science contest of its kind for students in grade 5 through 8 fostering the exploration, understanding and communication of science among America's youth.

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The Children’s Motivation Project at Reed College
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The project “works with preschoolers through early adolescents to understand what motivates students to learn and how motivation can be sustained and promoted.”  Divided into four main areas:  The Development of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation, Praise and Motivation, Motivational Strategies, and Peers and Motivation.

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The Chalkboard Project
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

After more than two years of research and input from Oregonians, Chalkboard identified priority areas for our Legislative session that will help make our schools among the nation's best. With Priority Package, Take Action, Parent’s Center, and Employer’s Center sections, a site for Spanish speakers, news, and quizzes.

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Test Anxiety
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What causes it, who is likely to have it, and learning ways to deal with it.  Includes Test Taking Tips.  Also available in Spanish.

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Teen Driving Contract
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This teen driving contract, from Toyota, includes Driving Conditions, unsupervised driving privileges, driving rules and consequences, and sample violations and related consequences. 

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Teen Driving.com
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

With tips for new drivers in categories like driving in bad weather, crashes, fatigue, auto insurance, car products, and a Parent's Center.

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Talking with Kids.org
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This site is dedicated to providing parents with the resources they need to talk to kids about anything:  sex, violence, drugs, and more.  Features 10 useful tips, free booklets, and links to other sites.

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Taking the Pressure off Sports Competition
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Tips for keeping the competition fun and healthy. Also available in Spanish.

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Take Charge! Smart Choice for Your Cox Digital Home
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A guide from Cox that shows parents how to take charge of the television, telephone, and internet content their children see at home.

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Support Music
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

“This site offers effective tips for taking action and the latest evidence of music's importance.” With a giant list of supporting organizations and artists, a tool for grading your school’s music program, and tips for taking action.

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Succeed to Read
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Information about auditory skills, teaching how to rhyme, phonics vs. whole language, literacy websites for parents and teachers, alphabet lists, and reading 1-2-3.

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Student Eligibility Options for New Academic Grants
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Details eligibility requirements for both the Academic Competitiveness grants and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent grants signed into law on February 8, 2006 by President Bush.

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Student Aid on the Web
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The best source of information about financial aid and preparing for college on the web.  From the US Department of Education.

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Student-Led Crime Prevention
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

This 43 page booklet, published by the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, includes sections titled:  What is Student-Led Crime Prevention, The Six Rs of Effective Youth Crime Prevention Programming, Challenges to Implementing Student-led Crime Prevention, Model Approaches to Student-led Crime Prevention, and more.

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Spiderman in Amazing Adventures
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The America Reads Challenge project, sponsored by the National Dairy Council and the US Department of Education in 1997, was a four-year campaign to get the nation reading.  The campaign is over, but this 20-page activities booklet provides Spiderman reading fun, and plenty of amazing activities.

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Speech Development in the Infant and Toddler
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

With child speech development milestones and how parents can help.

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Social, Economic Make-Up of Community, Not Charter, is Key Difference Between Private, Public Elementary Schools
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Case study findings from the Economic Policy Institute regarding the public vs. private school debate.

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Signing Up Kids for Sports
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Things to consider before you sign your child up for sports.  Includes video advice from Cal Ripkin. 

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Sick Baby? When to Call the Doctor
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The signs and symptoms that indicate it’s time to call your child's doctor.

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Siblilng Rivalry and Fights
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sibling Rivalry may be inevitable, but there are still ways to get our kids to show a little respect for one another.

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Should We Have Our Son Circumcised?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Reasons for and against circumcision from the American Academy of Pediatricians. 

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Should I Go Back to Work After My Baby is Born?
Monday, March 17, 2008

From the American Academy of Pediatricians, this article discusses why women work, the impact of a decision to work on a child, conflicts that may arise, how to find family time, the importance of quality child care, and more.

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Sex Education that Works
Monday, March 17, 2008

With information about sex, STD’s, HIV/AIDS prevention, pregnancy, abstinence, and gay and lesbian resources.

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Separation Anxiety
Monday, March 17, 2008

Suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics to ease separation anxiety.

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Selecting the Right Pet for Your Family and Making the Introduction
Monday, March 17, 2008

Answers to questions like "How old should my child be before we get a pet?" and "What kind of dog should we get?"

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School Matters
Monday, March 17, 2008

“A place for parents, educators and leaders to research information about public schools.”

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School.FamilyEducation.com
Monday, March 17, 2008

“You'll find information for parents on the educational issues affecting your child in every grade level — from preschool through high school. Find homework help, skill-building tips in every school subject, educational printables and worksheets, plus advice on report cards and talking with the teacher.”

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Tips for Parents: Self Esteem
Monday, March 17, 2008

Understand why you can't give your child good self-esteem.

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Savvy Source
Monday, March 17, 2008

A great tool for finding and comparing preschools near you.  With ratings, ebooks, a free weekly newsletter, and book and toy recommendations.  

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Saving Strategies for Back to School Clothing and Supplies
Monday, March 17, 2008

How a little patience can save you hundreds of dollars on clothing and school supplies.

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Safe Sleep for Your Baby--10 Ways to Decrease Risk of SIDS
Monday, March 17, 2008

From the National Back to Sleep campaign.  Baby deaths from SIDS have decreased more than 40% since this campaign began in 1992. 

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Safely Storing and Preparing Formula
Monday, March 17, 2008

Including instructions on cleaning bottles and equipment, preparing and storing formula, and other information.  Also available in French and Chinese.

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Safe Kids
Monday, March 17, 2008

The goal of the Safe Kids website is to prevent accidental injury.  Get information on programs such as “Safety in the Home,” and find safety tips sheets for bike helmets, poisoning, water safety, and much more.  Kids will enjoy the activities page with coloring sheets, mazes, quizzes and more fun.

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Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Monday, March 17, 2008

Parenting and Child Development Fact Sheets & Bulletins with titles such as “Parenting the First Year,” and “Tackling the Bullying Issue.” All sheets are also available in Spanish.

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Role Models on the Web
Monday, March 17, 2008

“It is the mission of RoleModel.net to promote the idea that there is within each of us the ability to inspire those around us by living a life that is more outward focused than inward focused.”  Featuring Tiger Woods, Bill Koch, Diane Sawyer, and others. 

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Reading Tips for Parents
Monday, March 17, 2008

This booklet from the US Department of Education answers important questions parents have about helping their child learn to read, choosing an early reading program, strategies for creating strong readers, the five essential components of reading, and information about the No Child Left Behind act.

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Reading Rockets
Monday, March 17, 2008

This multimedia site “offers hundreds of articles that provide research-based and best-practice information for educators, parents, and others concerned about reading achievement.”  Also checkout their shows on PBS, podcasts and videos, free guides, Spanish site, and tons of other information.

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Reading is Fundamental
Monday, March 17, 2008

Includes comprehensive reading resources for educators and parents including motivating kids to read, literacy rich homes, school connections, lesson plans, activities, Gateways to Early Literacy videos, and tons more.  Also features a Spanish bilingual version of the site.

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Raising Respectable Boys...Not Macho Men
Monday, March 17, 2008

“Raise Respectful Boys...Not Macho Men” From the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. 

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Raising Cain--Boys in Focus
Monday, March 17, 2008

“The documentary, Raising Cain: Boys in Focus, provides answers, insights, ideas, and hope. Hosted by child psychologist Michael Thompson, Ph.D., co-author of the best-selling book Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Lives of Boys, this documentary explores the emotional development of boys in America today. Thompson consults with some of our nation's most respected psychologists, social activists, researchers and educators to probe the issues facing boys and find solutions to their dilemmas.”

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Quitting Thumb-Sucking and Pacifiers
Monday, March 17, 2008

Tips for helping your child break the thumb-sucking or pacifier habit.

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Questions Parents Ask About Schools
Monday, March 17, 2008

The research-based tips in this publication provide both practical guidance and valuable information about a range of topics, including: preparing your child for school; knowing what to expect from your child’s kindergarten teacher; monitoring school work; working with schools and teachers effectively; helping your child with reading and homework; and ensuring that your child’s school is safe and  drug-free.  Provided by the US Department of Education. Also in Spanish.

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Public vs. Private--Which One is Right for Your Child?
Monday, March 17, 2008

This article discusses the benefits and advantages of both private and public schools.

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Public vs. Private--What's the Difference?
Monday, March 17, 2008

A discussion of the main differences between public and private schools.

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Public Broadcasting Service
Monday, March 17, 2008

PBS features a host of quality television programming for the family and an exciting website for kids.  They can play games with their favorite characters such as Clifford, the Teletubbies, and Arthur.

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President's Fitness Council
Monday, March 17, 2008

Publications from the President’s fitness council.  Nutrition advice, fast facts, tips, and a Nolan Ryan fitness guide. 

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Preschooler Development
Monday, March 17, 2008

Learn what is normal development for toddlers, and when to be concerned.  Also in Spanish.

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Preparing Siblings for A New Baby
Monday, March 17, 2008

Ways to get your child ready for the new addition to the family.

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Preparing for the ACT
Monday, March 17, 2008

What’s Inside:  Full-length practice tests, including writing; information about the optional writing test, strategies to prepare for the tests, and what to expect on test day.  Prepared by ACT, this 80 page guide is free of charge, but ACT advertises more if its commercial products at the end of the guide.

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Preparing for Disaster from the NACCRRA
Monday, March 17, 2008

To help you ensure that your children are safe, NACCRRA offers resources that you can use to ask the right questions of your child care provider and play a role in planning for and recovering from any catastrophe that strikes.

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Preparedness--A Family Guide from the Red Cross
Monday, March 17, 2008

Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.

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Physical Activity Recommendations
Monday, March 17, 2008

Physical Activity for Everyone: Recommendations for young people from the Centers for Disease Control.

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Pets and Children
Monday, March 17, 2008

Tips for choosing an appropriate pet, how to care for it and the advantages of pet ownership for families with children.

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Petpourri--An Animal Care Activity Section for Children
Monday, March 17, 2008

From the American Veterinary Medical Association, featuring games and coloring sheets to teach children about responsible pet ownership.

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PBS's It's My Life--School
Monday, March 17, 2008

This site from PBS Kids Go includes a game called “To Cheat or Not to Cheat,” and kid-targeted advice on time management, test stress, and dealing with teachers.

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PBS's Eating Disorders--Thin at all Costs
Sunday, March 09, 2008

For kids and teens.  An interactive site including profiles of people with eating disorders, an eating disorders test, facts, and tips for healthy body image, eating, and exercise.

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Paying an Allowance
Sunday, March 09, 2008

Answers to the common questions related to paying children an allowance.

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Partnership for a Drug Free America
Sunday, March 09, 2008

With stories, videos, blogs, articles, and research for parents and teens; this site exposes people to the horrors of drug addiction and offers users hope with links to intervention and treatment.  Also features a memorial for those lost to drug abuse.

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Parent Teacher Organization Today (PTO)
Sunday, March 09, 2008

The PTO offers inspiration and resources for parent groups working with schools.  They offer tips and other information for fundraising, getting parents involved, and sponsoring a family school night, as well planning kits, news, articles, and a blog.

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Parents Guide to Understanding and Raising Boys
Sunday, March 09, 2008

From PBS--featuring “Active or Aggressive Boys?” “Boys in School,” “The Search for Masculinity,” “Emotionally Strong Boys,” an expert Q&A, and other useful resources.

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Parents-Be Role Models for Your Children
Sunday, March 09, 2008

This brochure teaches parents how to spend quality time with their children and be good examples to help kids avoid participating in or being victims of youth violence and gang activity.

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Parents, Check It Out!: Key Things Parents Can Do to Make Sure their Children are Prepared for the 21st Century
Sunday, March 09, 2008

Key things parents can do to make sure their children are prepared for the 21st century.  From the US Department of Education.

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Parenting Skills Parties
Sunday, March 09, 2008

Parent Parties create a fun and relaxed environment to present parent education and to promote parent involvement by using numerous games and activities. These resources are created by and made available through Second Mile Parent Initiative, a non-profit organization working to increase parent involvement and education in schools and communities.

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ParentingIdeas.org
Sunday, March 09, 2008

“101 Tips for Improving Children’s Behavior.”  Features 101 articles with titles such as “9 Ways to Positively Cope with Difficult Behavior,” “Surviving the Break-Up (separation and divorce),"  “Bedwetting,” and “I Caught them Playing Doctor.”

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior
Sunday, March 09, 2008

In this .pdf document, learn how scientific understanding of drug abuse is leading to "effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug abuse takes on individuals, families, and communities."  Includes "Preventing Drug Abuse: The Best Strategy" and much more.

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Nutrition On the Web-For Teens!
Thursday, March 06, 2008

With information from exercises, myths, and recipes to recommended daily allowances, a nutri-quiz, and a health forum. Also available in Spanish and German.

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Nutrition.gov
Thursday, March 06, 2008

“Providing easy, online access to government information on food and human nutrition for consumers.”  Offers an “In the News” feature, and subject headings such as “What’s in Food?”  “Shopping, Cooking, and Meal Planning,” and “Food Assistance Programs.”  Also available in Spanish.

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NRDC's Guide to Greener Living
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Quick tips on how to save energy on the road and at home, how to save resources at home and at work, easy ways to conserve water, support organic and sustainable farming, and how to invest responsibly and act for the environment.  Also available in Spanish.

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Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
Thursday, March 06, 2008

“Improves learning by building capacity in schools, families, and communities through applied research and development. The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) provides research and development assistance to education, government, community agencies, business, and labor.”  With publications and resources for educators, parents, policy makers, and the public.

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NIDA Info Facts on Drugs
Thursday, March 06, 2008

From the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this guide provides the facts about drugs, health hazards of use, how extensively each drug is abused, and information sources.  Also available in Spanish.

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Newborn Sleep Patterns
Thursday, March 06, 2008

This article includes a description of newborn sleep patterns and sleep states, a description of alert phases, how to help your baby fall asleep and sleep well, and recommendations for sleep positions and bedding to avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Also available in Spanish.

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Newborn Behavior
Thursday, March 06, 2008

How a newborn sleeps, why they cry, their reflexes, and how they breathe, see, and hear.

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National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Features daily news, organizations, publications, a Spanish version of the site, and a super multimedia department where viewers can check out webcasts, webinars, videos, and PowerPoint presentations.  The also have fact sheets and posters available to download for free.

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The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Shaken Baby Syndrome often occurs when a parent or caregiver becomes frustrated or angry with an infant’s crying and shakes it hard.  The shaking can cause severe brain damage and even death.  Get tips for coping with a baby's crying.

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National School Lunch Program Fact Sheet
Thursday, March 06, 2008

The “hows” and “whats” of the national school lunch program.  Published by the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service.

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National Safety Council
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Featuring “Safety and Health Magazine,” online safety courses, a comprehensive resource center with safety issues, fact sheets, a library, and research and statistics.

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National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Thursday, March 06, 2008

News articles such as “Public to Drive School Reforms,” and “Disney Says it Will Link Marketing to Nutrition.”  With a large parent resources department, publications, an “Issues and Action” department, and leadership resources.  Also available in Spanish.

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National Network for Child Care
Thursday, March 06, 2008

With articles, conferences, publications, resources, email forum, and much more.  Topics include child abuse, children with special needs, guidance and discipline, nutrition and diet, and activities and learning.

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National Institute of Mental Health on ADHD
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  A detailed booklet that describes the symptoms, causes, and treatments; with information on getting help and coping. 

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National Education Association
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Members and educators page with activities, booklists, and professional development resources; a parents’ page with information on parental involvement, parent-teacher conference pointers, and homework help.  Also discusses issues in education and has multiple other resources.

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National Eating Disorders Information Index
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Comprehensive information about the signs, symptoms and types of eating disorders, as well as information about causes, prevention, body image, research, resources, and much more.  Search by topic or audience.

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National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Thursday, March 06, 2008

“More and Better Mathematics for All Students.”  The site offers curriculum focus points, resources and tips for parents to help their children with math, answers to questions, advocacy resources and more.

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National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Provides a “framework for family involvement” in parent/school partnerships, a list of 402 organizations to contact for additional resources, a “What’s Happening” department, reports such as “It Takes a Parent:  Transforming Education in the Wake of the No Child Left Behind Act,” and a section for disabilities education.

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National Child Care Information Center
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Featuring “Finding Child Care Near You,” financial assistance, and information about quality child care.  From the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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National Character Education Center
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Parents page from the National Character Education Center with articles, tips, programs, and seminars.

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National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Missing Kids wants, "to help you protect your children by teaching them to be smarter and safer. The best way to combat child exploitation and abduction is to prevent it. Please use our site to learn what you and your children need to know about protecting them from victimization."

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National Center for Learning Disabilities
Thursday, March 06, 2008

NCLD’s parenting center offers tips and strategies on ways to help children with LD, essential skills to become your child’s advocate, steps to building resilience in children, and more. 

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National Center for Education Statistics
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Sponsored by the US Dept. of Education.  Huge resource for programs and publications, annual reports, various data tools, and a useful “Fast Facts” feature.

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National Association of School Psychologists
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Follow the “Helpful Information” link for articles and fact sheets on parenting, mental health, diversity, kids activities, and more.

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National Association for the Education of Young Children
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Information about conferences, early childhood, public policy, publications, and information for members, teachers, families, students, and affiliate groups.  Articles such as “Helping Young Children after a Disaster,” “Books for Families,” and “Early Years are Learning Years”.

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My Lion-Childhood Cancer Community Service Kit
Thursday, March 06, 2008

This kit "Is designed for teenagers and their leaders to step in and make a difference through community service or service-learning."

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Music in Schools Today
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Featuring “interviews with young artists, music mentors to answer questions, contests and all kinds of resources to help students enjoy and maybe even consider a career in music.”  Also includes advocacy and research, and a special section for educators. 

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Moving from Middle to High School
Thursday, March 06, 2008

From the National PTA, this article highlights ways to help your new high school student avoid the freshman blues.

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Montessori and Waldorf Schools
Thursday, March 06, 2008

A comparison of the similarities, differences, history of the founders of each discipline, how schools are certified, and methods.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Visit the Met’s web page to view works of art in both their permanent  and “Now on View” collections.  Kids can check out the “Museum Kids” page for online activities and features like the “Carpet Hunt” where they can learn more about animals hidden in a carpet, or follow Marco Polo’s route. Then visit the Met store for great gift ideas

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Memory Building Games
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Free memory-improving games for kids. 

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MegaSkills Online Education Center
Thursday, March 06, 2008

From Houghton Mifflin, featuring articles in .pdf format such as “How Much Homework is too Much?” and “MegaSkills for Hispanic Parents and Children.”  Check out the minibooks and videos, and kids can enjoy the early childhood activities.

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Media Family
Thursday, March 06, 2008

With tips and facts about children and media violence, the effects of video game playing on children, and computer and video game addiction.

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Math Now: Advancing Math Education in Elementary and Middle School
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Statistics and imperatives for advancing math education; from the US Department of Education.

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Math Moves U
Thursday, March 06, 2008

A super cool site with ideas and games designed to make math fun.  A recent survey found that "84% of kids 10-13 would rather clean their rooms, eat vegetables, or go to the dentist than do their math homework."

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LiteracyCenter.net
Thursday, March 06, 2008

The LiteracyCenter.net serves as many as 1.7 million free literacy lessons a day to children in more than a 160 countries with safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. All online lessons are free of advertising and free of charge.  Also available in Spanish, German, and French. 

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Leaving Children Unattended in Vehicles
Thursday, March 06, 2008

The dangers of leaving a child unattended in a car, even for a quick errand, and how kids playing in cars often become trapped, trap others, or set the car in motion.

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La Leche League
Thursday, March 06, 2008

The most comprehensive information about breastfeeding anywhere.  Also available in Spanish. 

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Kids Health for Kids: Cheating
Thursday, March 06, 2008

An article for kids including the who, what, and why of cheating and its consequences.

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Kids Growth--Head Banging
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Up to the age of four, it is common for children, especially boys, to bang their heads on the floor or other stationary objects during temper tantrums, or rhythmically when they’re hurt, frustrated, or even overtired.

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Kids.gov
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Find links to government and other kids' sites -- grouped by age and subject:  math, money, science, computers, art, careers and more.

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Kids' Health from the Nemours Foundation
Thursday, March 06, 2008

With three separate sites.  The parent site offers “Practical parenting, information, and news,” the kids’ site features “Homework help and how the body works,” and the teen site details “Answers, advice, and straight talk” about teen health issues.  Also available in Spanish.

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Keep Schools Safe
Thursday, March 06, 2008

A “School Violence Prevention, Safety and Security Resource.” The Parents’ page “covers how to improve the general safety of schools, dealing with natural disasters, and gang violence.” Also includes useful information for schools and students and features a Safety and Security Directory with “hundreds of links to sites dealing with school violence and safety, plus a buyers’ guide for security products.” 

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Keep Arts in Schools
Thursday, March 06, 2008

Details programs that are working to keep the arts in schools, presents research, lists resources, and has a great “Get Involved” page.  Sponsored by the Ford Foundation.

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I Promise Program
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Helps you and your teenager develop a safe driving contract.  Also offers reports, news articles, and downloadable videos for teens and parents to watch together.

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Introducing Your Pet and New Baby
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Tips to ensure that pregnant mom and new baby interactions with the family pets will be safe and healthy for everyone. 

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Introducing Solid Food
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Learn when to introduce solid foods, why feeding baby solids too early can be harmful, and how to prepare food for baby as they grow.

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Internet Addiction
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Information about internet addiction: warning signs, who is likely to develop an addiction, prevention and treatment, pornography on the internet, and safety guidelines.

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Interactive Childhood Immunization Scheduler
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

CDC’s National Immunization Project—“Interactive Childhood Immunization Scheduler.”  Includes useful links for more information. 

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Interactions that Promote Socialization
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A comprehensive article on the kind of interaction that promotes healthy socialization in children, from Child Education.

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Intelihealth
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A one stop resource for health information.  The site is divided into four main areas:  Diseases and Conditions, Healthy Lifestyle, Your Health, and Look it Up. With information for men, women, children, and the aged; also features dental information, an “Ask the Expert" area, and interactive tools such as the exciting “A Look at Your Colon,” a “Ball Park Chow” game, and a depression self-assessment.  Featuring Harvard Medical School's consumer health information.

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Information For Students About Academic Competitiveness and National SMART Grants
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Eligibility and requirements for the Academic Competitiveness grants and National Science and Mathematics Access To Retain Talent grant from the US Department of Education.

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Influence of Media Violence on Children
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

According to the AAP statement, exposure to and the influence of media violence directly correlates to violent behavior. 

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Improving Memory
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Strategies for improving your child’s memory.  Includes a 10 question quiz to help you learn what type of learning style works best for your child. 

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Homework Checklist for Parents
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The history of homework, how much is enough, how parents can help, and general tips are included in this 10 page guide from the US Department of Education. Also available in Spanish.

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Higher Education For A Highly Competitive World
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Statistics regarding the increasingly competitive global economy, where the US fits in, and information about the Commission on the Future of Higher Education and its designated tasks.

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Helping Your Child Series
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From the U.S. Department of Education Office of Communications and Outreach, these comprehensive guides provide learning activities for parents to do with their children, tips for success, other ways to help, typical child development, and additional resources. Also available in Spanish.

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Helpguide's Eating Disorders Symptoms and Treatments
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Understand the types of eating disorders and their warning signs.

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Hearthsong
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This site sells educational games, toys, and puzzles as well as craft, science, art, and music kits.

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Healthy Start, Grow Smart Series
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Developed by the US Departments of Agriculture, Education, and Health and Human Services, these twelve booklets walk you through baby’s first year of life.  They include feeding tips, checkup information, stages of development, ways you can keep baby safe, and much more.  Also available in Spanish.

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Healthy Schools Healthy Youth
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Includes a “Summary of Adolescent and School Health Tools,” health topics like asthma, skin cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases, publications, statistics, articles, and more.

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GoVeg.com
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Learn how becoming a vegetarian helps your health, the environment, and animal cruelty.  Get tips for going vegetarian, recipes, and more.

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GORP Family Activities
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Great resources for planning family vacations, hiking trips, and campouts.

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Girl Start
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

“Empowering girls in math, science, and technology.” Features include news and events, programs, volunteer opportunities, and an activities section just for girls.

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Girls Inc
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

“Encouraging All Girls to Be Strong, Smart, and Bold…”  With articles for girls such as “Design Your Future,” “Build Your Spirit,” “Examine, Experiment, Explore” and more.  Features inspirational women role models and a girls’ Bill of Rights.

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Girls Go Tech
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A Girl Scout website, Girls Go Tech features science games, technological career exploration, links to other interesting websites, a video competition, and a booklet with tips for parents.

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Girls and Boys Town
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Girls and Boys Town, the original Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, is a leader in the treatment and care of abused, abandoned and neglected girls and boys. Throughout its nearly 90-year history, the nonprofit, nonsectarian organization has provided these children with a safe, caring, loving environment where they gain confidence to get better and learn skills to become productive citizens.

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Getting Back In Shape After Baby is Born
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This article, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, provides information about how to safely begin an exercise program after baby is born.

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Get Ready to Read
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The site offers “exciting and friendly ways to make helping children develop vital early literacy skills easier than ever,” with separate pages for parents, educators, and health care professionals.  The parent page offers screening tools, literacy checklists, activities and much more. Also available in Spanish.

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Fun Family Education
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

“At Fun.FamilyEducation.com, you can play games with your kids in our Family Entertainment Center, find arts and crafts projects and after-school activities, and explore ideas, decorations, and homemade gifts for the holidays. Don't miss our game and toy recommendations, and our movies database!”

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Formula Feeding Basics
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From Family Education.  Why use formula, the differences in formulas, what’s healthy and not healthy, and how to choose the best formula for your baby.

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Five Ways to Save Money on School Supplies
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

School Help: How to save on school supplies and what’s a good idea to splurge on.

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Five Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

From the National Association of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies.  This website also includes a child care connector, and extensive information about choosing a child care provider, licensing and accreditation, and other helpful tools and resources. Also available in Spanish.

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FireWorks
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

An on-line short course on anger in parent-child relationships from Kansas State University. 

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Financing a Private School Education
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A description of the three main types of financial aid available for private school students.  From the National Association of Independent Schools.

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Financial Aid for Private Elementary and Secondary Schools
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This article from FinAid.com, features information on scholarship programs, tuition payment plans, education loans, and alternatives to education loans and payment plans for private elementary and secondary schools.

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Figure This
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Math challenges for families, in both English and Spanish.

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FightCrime.org
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

“Fight Crime: Invest in Kids…America must cut the pipeline that funnels young people into lives of crime and violence. We take a hard-nosed look at research on what keeps kids from becoming criminals and put that information in the hands of policy-makers and the public.”

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Federation for Children with Special Needs
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Federation is a center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

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Federal Resources for Education Excellence
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Teaching and Learning resources from federal agencies.  With science experiments, activities, and visualizations, simulations of key math concepts, online challenges for students, activities for families, language arts resources, and themed history activities.

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Federal Citizen Information Center
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Funded by the US General Services Administration, this site offers free publications on everything from “How to Maintain Your Tires” to “Caring for a Loved One.”. A huge, comprehensive resource for free publications.  Try searching for “school,”  “math,”  “homework,”  “pediatrician” or any other applicable topic.

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Fatherhood.org
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) was founded in 1994 to stimulate a society-wide movement to confront the growing problem of father absence, and is dedicated to improving the well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, committed and responsible fathers in their lives.”  Resources, events, and features such as the “Dads Club,” “Dad e-mail,” newsletters, “10 Ways to be a Better Dad,” and a fathering skills resource from the NFL bookstore. 

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Farm to School
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

"Farm to School programs are popping up all over the U.S. These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers."

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Family Guide-Start Talking Before they Start Drinking
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Featuring videos, audio stories, comprehensive sections such as “What to Know,” and “What to Say,” setting rules, and tons of other useful information.  From the US Department of Health and Human Services SAMHSA.

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Family Education Homeschooling
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

How to homeschool, subject toolkits, making the decision to homeschool, making homeschool connections, and books and materials from Pearson Learning Group.

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Family--It's All About Time
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Understand why family time is important, the barriers many families face in spending time together, and how to set family goals.

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Families and Work Institute
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A non-profit, non-partisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, the changing workplace, the changing family and the changing community.  With informative and useful publications like “Making Work "Work": New Ideas from the Winners of the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility”, and “The Economic Benefits of High-Quality Early Childhood Programs: What Makes the Difference?”

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Facts and Terms Every Parent Should Know About NCLB
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Essential information about the No Child Left Behind act.

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ExploraVision
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Designed for K–12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels, ExploraVision encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving.

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Even Hockey Players Read-Boys, Literacy, and Learning
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Booth, David.  Pembroke, 2002.  Available for free download.

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Entertainment Software Rating Board
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Includes a Games Rating and Descriptor Guide, and a resources page with tips and additional parenting resources. 

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EnableMart Assistive Technology
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Adult, teen, children and infant assistive technology and games for hearing, vision, mobility, communication, and learning disabilities.  Low price guarantee.

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Empowering Girls--Media Literacy Resources
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Links to organizations that empower girls and teach them how to be critical of the sexualizing messages they hear in the media.

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Emergency Preparedness from FEMA
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Tips for preparing for hazards and protecting your family and property.  Look for the link to information in Spanish.

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Edible School Yard
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration with Martin Luther King Junior Middle School, provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom.

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Dyspraxia: A Quick Look
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

With an introduction and warning signs by age.  Dyspraxia interferes with motor skills development.  From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Dyslexia: A Quick Look
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

With an introduction and warning signs by age.  Dyslexia causes difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling.  From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Dysgraphia: A Quick Look
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

With an introduction and warning signs by age.  Dysgraphia interferes with written expression.  From the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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Do Something
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A website for youth in search of a cause.  Features “Hot Projects,” a celebrity page showcasing the celebs that have worked with the organization, a “Speak Out” option, and links to volunteer organizations in your area.

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Discount School Supply
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

“Discount School Supply offers the lowest prices guaranteed on quality products and supplies for early childhood educators, caregivers and parents of young children. Select from Arts & Crafts, Active Play, Curriculum Resources, Dramatic Play, Manipulatives, Learning Center Equipment and Furniture and Special Offers.”

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Disaster Preparedness from the AAP
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

With a family readiness kit, tip sheets for parents, 4 step family disaster action plan, and more.

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Diaper Rash
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Includes the causes and types of diaper rash, treatment, prevention, and when to call a doctor.

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Diapering Your Baby
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

What you need to have on hand and ready, how to wipe the baby, separate instructions for diapering with cloth or disposable diapers, and preventing diaper rash.  Also available in Spanish.

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Depression During and After Pregnancy
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

What perinatal depression is, its causes, symptoms, treatment, and other recommendations and links. Also includes a link to information in Spanish.

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Deciding to Work After Baby is Born
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

This article discusses the issues most parents face when deciding whether or not to go back to work after baby is born: money, priorities, emotional issues, trust, shared responsibilities, career goals, and employer flexibility.

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Cures for the First Day Jitters
Monday, March 03, 2008

10 tips for an easy transition back to school.

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Coping With Sleepless Nights
Monday, March 03, 2008

Advice for parents on coping with sleep deprivation and dealing with sleepless nights with your new baby.

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Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Monday, March 03, 2008

From the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Education.  Features author and illustrator links, a comprehensive listing of books for children and young adults, and an Intellectual Freedom department.

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Commonsense Media
Monday, March 03, 2008

Provides family-style reviews for movies, books, games, music, TV, and web sites.  Features “Top Picks.”  Sorted by genre and age category.  Also offers a newsletter, blog, resources, and a “Take Action” department.

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Comcast Parental Controls
Monday, March 03, 2008

Specific parental control information for Comcast customers, and useful links to non-profit parental controls organizations.

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Collegeboard.com
Monday, March 03, 2008

Information for students, parents, and educators about the SAT and other college board tests, how to plan for college, find and apply for college, and how to pay for college. The site also includes a link to information in Spanish.

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Coalition for Quality Children's Media
Monday, March 03, 2008

This website offers information on family film festivals and movies.  Parents can train to be a CACM Juror and watch and rate movies for the coalition.  Jurors keep the movies they rate.

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Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers
Monday, March 03, 2008

This discussion of which is best takes into consideration skin and health concerns, cost, the environment, and convenience. 

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Children Who Bully
Monday, March 03, 2008

From the US Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Service Administration, this guide lists the characteristics of children who bully and helps parents deal with a child who bullies.

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Checklist for Test Anxiety
Monday, March 03, 2008

From How-to-Study.com, this resource includes a checklist for identifying test anxiety, and tips on what you can do to relax for that next test.

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Character Education
Monday, March 03, 2008

“This section contains articles and resources about character education that are designed for parents and other community members. These are provided as a community service by CharacterEd.Net”

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Center for the Prevention of School Violence
Monday, March 03, 2008

Features a “floor plan” with rooms representing links to information.  Go to the library for a comprehensive list of resources about the prevention of school violence, or try the auditorium where you can watch videos, view plays, or listen to speakers.  The Parenting Resources section is a great stop for parents.

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Center for Media Literacy
Monday, March 03, 2008

Information about choosing quality TV programming and movies.  Features a resource catalog, reading room, media and values department, professional development area, and information about media related issues from advertising and commercialism to visual literacy. Also available in Spanish.

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Center for Ecoliteracy--Rethinking School Lunch
Monday, March 03, 2008

"Rethinking School Lunch builds on the premise that hands-on experience growing and preparing food is a powerful way for children to discover that healthy food tastes good, and to learn about the cycles, seasons, other processes of nature, and the relationship between the health of natural and social systems."

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Center for Adolescent and Family Studies
Monday, March 03, 2008

Indiana University’s online directory with links to information on conflict and violence, mental health issues, health and safety, a teens only page, publications, and additional resources.

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Catalyst Information Center
Monday, March 03, 2008

With links to resource organizations for careers and job hunting, mentoring and networking, scholarships and grants, entrepreneur resources, and more for parents seeking alternative work arrangements such as job sharing, telecommuting, flex-time, and home-based businesses.

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Car Safety Seats--A Guide for Families 2008
Monday, March 03, 2008

From the American Academy of Pediatricians, this comprehensive car seat guide includes tips for choosing the best seat for your child, safety rules, details on each of the car seat types and their use, how to properly install a car seat, a Q&A section, and brand and model information listings.

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Alberta Health Region’s Nutrition and Active Living
Monday, March 03, 2008

With an 80 page “Snacktivity Box” that provides activities to promote healthy eating and active living habits for young children, a school nutrition handbook, physical activity initiatives, and other health links and information lines.

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Bullying Fact Sheet from the AACAP
Monday, March 03, 2008

Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents.  Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis.

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Breastfeeding Versus Formula Feeding
Monday, March 03, 2008

Includes the advantages and challenges of breastfeeding and formula feeding, recommendations from leading health organizations, and more.  Also available in Spanish.

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Breastfeeding and Returning to Work
Monday, March 03, 2008

From FamilyDoctor.org, learn how you can still breastfeed your baby after returning to work.

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Boy Basics 101
Monday, March 03, 2008

A survival guide for parenting male tweens. 

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Born Learning
Monday, March 03, 2008

“Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that help parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.”  Also available in Spanish.

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Bedtime Battles
Monday, March 03, 2008

“Believe it or not, there are ways to tuck in a tired toddler without it turning into a power struggle.”

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Bay Mills Community College Head Start Resources
Monday, March 03, 2008

With a huge Head Start library featuring National Bulletins, training materials, training guides, support materials, reports, videotape companion guides, and other publications.

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Back to School in Six Easy Steps
Monday, March 03, 2008

Six tips for easing the transition to a new class or school. 

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Back to School Checklist
Monday, March 03, 2008

Questions and Tips for Parents, Schools and the Community. This guide is actually four checklists in one:  Academic Curriculum and Achievement, Helping Parents and Students, Teacher Training and Quality, and Measuring the Progress of Students with Disabilities.

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Baby Proofing
Monday, March 03, 2008

How to eliminate potential hazards, prepare your home to be safe for baby, and practice safety.  Includes crib safety checklist.

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Baby Product Safety Alert
Monday, March 03, 2008

Includes vital information to prevent infant injury or death from strangulations and suffocations, scalds, falls, chokings, drownings, and poisonings related to common household products and furnishings.

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Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Monday, March 03, 2008

“In some unfortunate cases, infants and toddlers have experienced severe tooth decay that has resulted in dental restorations or extractions. The good news is that decay is preventable.”

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Baby's First Ear Infection
Monday, March 03, 2008

Symptoms, causes, treatment, and background info about baby and infant ear aches and ear infections.

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ASPCA Animaland
Friday, February 29, 2008

The ASPCA's kids' site.  With tips for being responsible pet owners, a Pet of the Week, Spotlight, and News features.

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Arts for Schools
Friday, February 29, 2008

"Inspiring tomorrow's audiences” with resources for schools, arts organizations, artists, and advisers and policymakers.

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Artists Helping Children
Friday, February 29, 2008

“Take advantage of the huge children’s arts resources pages of kids' coloring pages and coloring printouts, children’s free arts and crafts projects and ideas, paper folding projects and origami project ideas, kids' drawing lessons, articles for parents to involve their children in the arts, articles on how art heals and how to get children involved in community service, how to design and decorate your children's rooms, and much more.”

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A Parents’ Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Disabilities
Friday, February 29, 2008

From Schwab Learning--The site offers a number of topics to help parents of children with learning disabilities such as “Identifying Difficulties”, “Managing School and Learning”, and “Connecting with Others”.  With a comprehensive resource page, and publications including “Expert Answers” and tips.

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A Parent’s Guide to No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the US Department of Education, No Child Left Behind--Also available in Spanish.

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Anxiety--Rachel's Story
Friday, February 29, 2008

From Teens Health, this article is targeted to teenagers.  A snapshot of what anxiety can look like.

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Animal Planet's Backyard Wildlife
Friday, February 29, 2008

We've got the tools for you to turn your outdoor space into an animal place.  The National Wildlife Federation will guide you through each step to make your own backyard habitat with this online planner.  Once you've created your wild space, you can have your back yard declared an official NWF wildlife habitat.

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Angries Out
Friday, February 29, 2008

Anger Management tools for kids, parents, couples, and more.  Kid-friendly  videos and articles, and detailed information for parents.

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Americans for the Arts
Friday, February 29, 2008

“The goal of this campaign is to make sure that you—parents and concerned citizens—know that you are potentially the best and most powerful supporters of arts education. We have supplied you with information and resources on this website that help establish the place of the arts as both a full academic subject area and as uniquely empowering activities that carry over into other areas of life and study.”

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American Library Association Book Media Awards
Friday, February 29, 2008

Visit the Book/Media Awards page for a huge list of recommended titles for kids, teens and adults.

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American Council on Exercise
Friday, February 29, 2008

This is the youth fitness homepage of the American Council on Exercise.  Features pre-school, children and teen fitness facts, a Q&A, exercise programs and other resources. 

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American Association of University Women
Friday, February 29, 2008

"Promoting education and equity for women and girls.”  Features community programs, research such as the “Girls in Education" series, fellowships, grants, awards, and an issues advocacy department.

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American Academy of Pediatrics Health Topics-Toilet Training
Friday, February 29, 2008

Parenting help with information on bedwetting, toilet training readiness, soiling, and an inexpensive guide to toilet training. 

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American Academy of Pediatrics --Sleep Issues
Friday, February 29, 2008

Parenting help with information on bedtime activities, foods for sleep, sleep patterns, problems, schedules, and important information on SIDS.

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American Academy of Pediatrics
Friday, February 29, 2008

This site has a parenting corner with featured topics and parenting resources, hundreds of symptoms, treatment and prevention articles for everything from abuse to working parents, and safety tips to prevent injury and illness.

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Alliance for Work-Life Progress
Friday, February 29, 2008

AWLP advances work-life effectiveness as a strategy for better integration of work, family and community. AWLP, an entity of World at Work, is a "national center of work-life expertise that defines and recognizes innovation and best practices, and provides thought leadership.”

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A Guide for First Time Parents
Friday, February 29, 2008

A description of the basics in taking care of a newborn.

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After-School Programs - Keeping Children Safe and Smart
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the US Department of Education, with sections on the potential of after-school programs, components of exemplary after-school programs, examples of communities meeting the need for after-school activities, and after-school resources.

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Advocates for Youth
Friday, February 29, 2008

Advocates for Teen and Tween Parents’ Sex Ed Center. Includes “10 Tips for Talking about the Facts of Life”, growth and development information, and a “Favorite Features” section.

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Advice about Parent Co-operative Preschools
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the Berkely Parents Network.  Featuring advice and information about parent co-op preschools in a Q&A format.

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ADHD.com
Friday, February 29, 2008

For parents and caregivers, “Equip yourself with important tips, facts, and education to provide your child with the support and care needed.”

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A Call to Commitment: Fathers’ Involvement in Children’s Learning
Friday, February 29, 2008

Prepared by the National Center for Fathering, this 41 page guide discusses the context of the issue, strategies to improve fathers’ involvement in education, lists examples of model programs that engage fathers in childrens' learning, and includes additional resources. 

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A Business Guide to Support Employee and Family Involvement in Education
Friday, February 29, 2008

This guide discusses the context for employee and family involvement in school age and teen education, practical steps to take to achieve results, and future local, regional, and national directions for success.

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About Our Kids
Friday, February 29, 2008

From the New York University Study Center.  The website focuses on children’s mental health with featured articles like “Does My Child Worry Too Much?” and  “Early Child Development: The First Five Years.”

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31 Ways to Get Your Baby to Go to Sleep and Stay Asleep
Friday, February 29, 2008

Includes a discussion of night time parenting decisions, conditioning baby to fall asleep, transitioning techniques, and stay asleep techniques.

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21st Century Cheating
Friday, February 29, 2008

This article, from Scholastic, discusses the ways kids cheat today and what parents can do to discourage their kids from cheating.

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