This page is especially for parents and caretakers of school-age children. Its aim is to provide resources on a range of child development and child care issues, including health and wellness, reading readiness and literacy, and community resources.
The Children’s Room encourages parents and caretakers to visit the library often to take full advantage of all of our services and programs. The staff is always available to recommend good books. Please feel free to take the time to sit with your child and read, play with puzzles, do homework, find books for projects, and enjoy your child’s interactions with books. Also available are music CDs, books with read-along story CDs, and audiobooks on CD.
Resources on the Internet for Parents
Illustrated With Crappy Pictures – A mom illustrates her life with two young boys.
Scary Mommy – A parenting community for imperfect parents.
Single Dad Laughing – Single father blogs about his life and experiences.
The Honest Toddler – A child’s guide to parenting, Honest Toddler has quite the fan following on Facebook and Twitter.
World’s Best Father – Artful and hilarious confessions of the “world’s best father” through staged pictures.
Child Abuse Prevention Network – A network of organizations and individuals fighting child abuse.
Children’s Safety Network – A resource center for child and adolescent injury and violence prevention.
Good Housekeeping Safety Ideas – Childproofing recommendations.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – Information on the AMBER Alert system, Megan’s Law, and other topics relevant to missing and exploited children.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – The latest recall information!
Development (cognitive, emotional, physical)
Ages & Stages – American Academy of Pediatrics posts this helpful guide to ages, stages, milestones, and care of your infant and young child.
Dr. Toy – Information on the best toys and educational products, as well as articles, resources, and toy-related links
Zero to Three – Extensive site with information on child development from birth to three years of age.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – Information on Early Childhood Education and a searchable database of NAEYC accredited childcare programs.
Council for Exceptional Children – Information on special education.
Exceptional Parent – Information, support and ideas for parents and families of children with disabilities.
LD Online – Leading web site on learning disabilities, learning disorders and learning differences for parents.
General sites with multiple parenting links
Children’s Defense Fund – Information on and support for the Leave No Child Behind program.
Family TLC – Age-appropriate family activities – games, sports, crafts, music, cooking, nature and more. Also, parenting tips and articles on child development.
Parenthood.com – Extensive forum with parenting articles, newsletters, recommended links, baby names, and more.
Handipoints – Create a task chart for homework and chores and every time your child completes one, he/she gets to play with a cartoon kitten!
Health & Nutrition
Food for Tots – Children’s nutrition, recipes, and an ask-the-pediatrician section.
KidsHealth.org – Covers all aspects of children’s health
Speechville – Resources to help the child who has difficulty with speech, language, communication, or is a late talker, who has a communication impairment or disorder.
Surfing the Net with Kids – Fun and educational links for families recommended by School Library Journal.
Chat Danger – Suggestions for being safe in Chat Rooms.
Kids Get Net Wise – An online safety guide, information on internet safety products like filters, suggested websites for kids, information on how to report online trouble to law enforcement and child advocacy groups.
SafeKids.com – Detailed tips for Internet Safety, including a family contract for online safety.
Movie Mom’s Reviews – Movie reviews with suggested appropriate viewing age, MPAA rating, breakdown of content by profanity, nudity/sex, alcohol/drugs, violence/scariness, and diversity issues.
ScreenIt! – Detailed movie, DVD, and video reviews. Gives MPAA rating, brief plot summary, breaks down content by alcohol/drugs, blood/gore, disrespectful/bad attitude, frightening/tense scenes, guns/weapons, imitative behavior, jump scenes, music (scary/tense), music (inappropriate), profanity, sex/nudity, smoking, tense family scenes, topics to talk about, and violence.
Baby Center – Bulletin boards, a due date calculator, birth club where you meet moms with same month due date, pregnancy calendar to track your baby’s development, and lots of general pregnancy information!
Childbirth.org – Links to information on a huge array of topics related to pregnancy, including VBAC, fertility, birth plans, birth stories, a pregnancy calendar, and more!
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten – This nationally recommended program encourages parents and other caretakers to read to infants and preschool children to make them Very Ready to Read by the time they start school.
A Window To the World – A Window To the World is a video clip that explains the theory of investing time and money in early language and literacy development
Between the Lions – The Between the Lions parent center is a great website for finding activities and daily tips about simple strategies parents can use each day working with their children. There are also interactive, educational games and a recommended reading list for parents.
Born to Read – The American Library Association is a wonderful resource for information on how to raise a reader. This site explains how children develop and learn from a very young age and how parents need to help with this learning.
CT Reach Out & Read – Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.
Early Literacy Tips – This website offers a top ten list to get children “on the road to reading”, as well as a selection of preschool literacy tips for families to make reading and writing meaningful.
Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) – The American Library Association’s initiative to educate parents and caregivers on early literacy practices.
Get Ready to Read – The Get Ready to Read Parent Page provides parents with essential tools promoting reading readiness and success. It offers a free screening evaluation for home use in order to gauge a child’s strengths and weaknesses. Activities, checklists and more information for parents are also provided.
National Children’s Literacy Website – The National Children’s Literacy Website is a unique children’s literacy initiative and is part of the Soho Center’s National Children’s Literacy Information Project. It is a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to advancing the literacy skills of young children, promoting literacy as an integral factor in the growth of society, and enhancing literacy in a variety of home and child care settings.
Jim Trelease Home Page – Read-aloud guru, Jim Trelease, offers links to some excellent homework and reading pages, as well as promoting his own books and lecture circuit.
Read to Me – Read to Me focuses on six important early literacy skill areas. It provides information on how to choose books for your family, book lists, video clips on the importance of reading to your children and more.
Reading Rockets – From Babbling to Books is a video presentation discussing research based strategies for developing language and pre-reading skills in young children.
Tips for Reading with Children – 8 important tips from the Minnesota Humanities Center.
Traveling with Kids
Travel for Kids – Useful information on places to go with children around the world. Includes wonderful bibliographies of books relating to the area you plan to visit!