Parents & Caregivers

Welcome, parents and caregivers! We’ve listed some resources which we hope you’ll find helpful, including links to state and government agencies and resources for child education and development.


Parenting and Family Needs
Common Core and Education 
Early Literacy
Eco-Friendly and Green Living
Health Services
Special Needs

 Parenting and Family Needs

Adoptive Families
Site for the award-winning national adoption magazine which is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.

Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition
AFFCNY unites adoptive and foster parent groups, concerned agencies, and individuals throughout NY State. AFFCNY represents the citizen’s viewpoint and works to improve and expand the services available to children and families.

Information for parents and future parents, and advice from experts on topics from pre-conception through toddlerhood.

Child Care Council of Suffolk County
Provides child care resources and referral, and supports children, families, employers, providers and the public to ensure that quality child care takes its place as an integral part of society. Also offers consultation on child care options and community education and advocacy.

Parents Magazine
The online site for the magazines, American Baby, Parents, and Family Circle. Deals with pregnancy to newborns, toddlers and older children.

Parents for Megan’s Law
Has information about Megan’s Law and the Adam Walsh Protect Act. Offers a 24-hour hotline for assistance of victims of sexual abuse and crimes, counseling centers and educational programs. Has a sex offender search, an e-mail alert and a place to report offenders not complying with the law.

US Department of Health & Human Services Family Page
The HHS is the government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. Family site includes resources and on topics such as military families, health, financial assistance, insurance, family safety, and statistics.

Welcome to Parenthood: A Family Guide
A publication from the NYS Department of Health featuring important resources for new families such as important telephone numbers, advice for new parents, “survival tips,” and so much more.

Zero to Three Parent Resources
Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization providing parents and professionals with early childhood developmental resources. The parent resources section features brochures and guides for raising your child through the early years.

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Common Core and Education

Discovery Education: At the Intersection of School & Home Parent Corner
Some kids look forward to school, while others are less than thrilled. This site offers parents tips and ideas on encouraging and motivating their children. Find links to homework help, fitting in, sibling rivalry and much more.

 Homeschool World
Obtain the latest homeschooling news and articles. This site is updated very frequently and is created by the publishers of Practical Homeschooling and Homeschool PC.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

NYS Assessments
The official site for the NYS assessment tests of kids in grades K-12.

New York State Office of Curriculum and Instruction
The NY State Learning Standards and core curriculum guidance documents are the foundation upon which State assessments are developed and aligned. Accountability status for each local school and district is based on State assessment scores.

New York State School Report Cards
These reports are produced to inform the people of New York State about the recent performance of public schools. They are designed to provide information to the public on student performance and other measures of school and district performance. School reports are in Adobe® Acrobat® .PDF file format.

Start with a Book
Themed books (fiction and nonfiction) and activities to engage children in reading and learning during the summer. Helpful literacy tips, resources and pintables for parents and caregivers.

The Lexile Framework for Reading
Common Core standards on what each grade’s reading level is expected to be, measured in lexile reading levels.

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Early Literacy

Early Years Institute
Educating parents, professionals and the public about the importance of a child’s early years, helping to expand and improve quality learning opportunities for young children.

Get Ready to Read
Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns.

PBS Parents
Educational resources, fun activities, and entertainment for parents & kids from the Public Broadcasting Service.

Reading Rockets
Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials.

Scholastic Parents
Reading resources and activities for parents to share with their children.

Sesame Street Books 
Listen and enjoy as one your favorite Sesame Street characters reads you a story.

Tumble Books
Listen to a picture book being read aloud through this service.

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Eco-Friendly and Green Living

Consumer Reports Guide to Eco-Labels
As the popularity of green product claims continues to grow, it’s important to know which claims you can trust and which ones you can’t.

 EPA- Environmental Protection Agency
Protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility, and starts with understanding the issues. Learn more about the EPA and how they protect you.

 National Institutes of Health- Household Products Database
What’s under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what’s in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

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Health Services

211 Long Island
2-1-1 Long Island is a free, non-emergency information service that connects Long Island residents to health and human services they may need on a daily basis or during a disaster. 2-1-1 Long Island provides web visitors with detailed information on nearly 10,000 community resources for help and assistance in a range of areas.

American Academy of Pediatrics
Extensive site for health topics on infants and children.

American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry
This site offers brochures for parents that can be downloaded for free on various pediatric dental concerns.

KidsHealth from Nemours
Offers health resources for parents, kids and teens in easy-to-understand language.

New York Therapy Placement Services, Inc.
New York Therapy Placement Services (known as NYTPS) is a NYS approved provider of early intervention (birth-3) and Preschool services (3-5) under contract with Nassau and Suffolk County, NYC DOE and NYS DOH.

 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
National website for the White House initiative to provide free or low-cost health insurance to children (18 years and under) who live in households with little or no income. Just click any state to find how their program works.

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Special Needs

Autism Society of America
Offers support and educational materials for children, adolescents, and adults (and their families) with autism and related disorders including Asperger’s Syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder.

 Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)
Resources and support for children and adults with attention deficit disorders and their families.

 LD Online: The Interactive Guide to Learning Disabilities for Parents, Teachers and Children 
Updated frequently, this site is a great place to stay current with the latest news and developments. Includes online newsletter and a bulletin board.

 National Down Syndrome Society
NDSS offers education, research and advocacy at this site with general, clinical and special programs information, as well as links to other sites on the Internet focusing on Down Syndrome.

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