Helpful Links For Parents
Below are some helpful links for parents are various subjects. If there is a site that you like or a topic you’d like to see here, please let us know.
Information for Local Parents
General Parenting Information
- Department of Education useful pamphlets to download
- Parenting Site from the American Academy of Pediatrics
- Dr. Sears’ Website
- Zero to Three
- Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University
- Mother Goose on the Loose
Website for the program we use for our 0-24 mouth olds at the Library.
- Reach Out and Read
- Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines of Toddlers and Infants
- Reading Rockets
National literacy initiative with information and activities
YouTube videos with rhymes, songs, and book recommendations
- We Need Diverse Books
Resources for finding (and advocating) for diverse books
- Storytime Online
Famous actors read picture books.
Signing With Babies
- Baby Signing App Dictionary
- Signing Savvy
- Reading is Fundamental
- Massachusetts Center for the Book
Hosts the Massachusetts Book Awards as well as offering a Letters to the Author contest each year.
- Children’s Book Council
- National Children’s Literacy Website
Great hands-on tips for how to read and what to read
- Library of Congress Center for the Book
Safety And Preventing Injury
- Red Cross Online Babysitting Training Course
Basic internet safety for parents to use with kids
Media Reviews For Parents
Apps: Reviews and Discussions
- Joan Ganz Cooney Center (children’s learning in a digital age)
- Children’s Technology Reviews
- School Library Journal Reviews (professional journal)
- Kirkus Book App Reviews
- Kindertown (reviews by educators)
- Little eLit (reviews and app blog)
- Graphite (App reviews from Common Sense Media)
- Teachers With Apps
- Digital Storytime (picture book apps)
- Fred Rogers Center (media literacy for 0 – 5 yrs)
- Make a media plan from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Visit the mUseum Online
- Tate Museum online
- Destination Modern Art (MoMA)
- Science Museum Online
- Memorial Hall Museum (American History)
- Museum of Natural History (virtual visit)
Autism and Special Needs
We also have resources for parents and kids in the Library that are all requestable through our website or come in and ask us for any thing you might need.
Introduction to Autism
- Asperger’s Association of New England
- Autism Resource Guide (various sources)
- Advocates for Autism in Massachusetts
- The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
By and for people with autism, this site offers resources for families and adults who are dealing with autism.
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Interactive Collaborative Autism Network
Offers training modules for educators and parents and others who are involved in the education of those with autism.
- Massachusetts Advocates for Children
- Special Needs Advocacy Network
Government and Legal Resources/Health and Human Services
- Special Education on the Department of Education
- Special Education Laws
- Massachusetts Civil Rights
- Wrights Law
- Mass General Lurie Family Autism Center
- Children’s Hospital – Use the My Children’s search feature.
- The Arc of Massachusetts
- The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership
An educational and advocacy site for and by individuals with autism. Provides information on support groups.
- Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts (AFAM)
AFAM is a coalition of individuals, families and organizations from across the state advocating on behalf people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) – including PDD and Asperger’s, with the goal of forming a collective voice in support of legislation, funding, and public awareness around ASD.
- Autism Alliance of Metrowest, Inc.
- Autism Society of America
- Autism Speaks-New England Chapter – Lisa Marie Kearney – AFAM Representative
- Autism Support Center
Serving Northeastern Massachusetts, Charles River West, and Central Middlesex
- The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (Massachusetts)
Resources for legal, medical, support groups, and more.
- SPED Child and Teen
Lists events and resources for parents, teens, and professionals.
Clare Dombrowski, Children’s Librarian – firstname.lastname@example.org