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How To Use The Database

How To Use This Database

You can use our web site to search for parenting resources throughout Washington State.  You can search by city and/or zipcode and/or keyword.

In this section you’ll find:

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How to search

You can search by:

  • City
  • Zip code
  • Key word

Searching By City
Using the drop down menu next to the “Search by City” option, choose one city that you would like to search. Then click the Search button. It is fine if you leave the Search by Zip and Search by Keyword choices blank.

  • The results: If there are resources listed within your City choice, you will see the results of your search. All the classes, events, resources and support groups listed in your City choice will show up on a new web page.
  • Expanding your search by keyword. Even if you didn’t search using a Keyword, you will note that each listing shows keywords. You can ignore these. Or, if you are interested in expanding your search outside your chosen city, click on any keyword in a listing. You will be taken to a new web page, showing all the listings in Washington State associated with that keyword.
  • Printing: You can click on the print option within any listing to open a new page that lists only that one listing.
  • Expand or Collapse Listings: Clicking on the [expand] link within a listing will “open” the listing to show you more information. Clicking on the [collapse] link will return the listing to it’s original, abbreviated format.

Search Using Zip Code
Underneath the “Search by City” option is a “Search by Zip Code” option. If you want to narrow your search within a city, you can enter the zip code in the appropriate space. You can leave City blank. A search using just zip code will return all groups, classes, resources and events listed in our database, within that zip code.

  • The results: If there are resources listed within your Zip code choice, you will see the results of your search. All the classes, events, resources and support groups listed in your Zip Code choice will show up on a new web page.
  • Expanding your search by city. Once you have your search results, you can “break out” of your zip code search and search for all listings within the city that your zip code choice resides. For example, if you searched on Zip Code 98105, your search results will know that 98105 is in Seattle. Each listing showing will give you the option of clicking on a “Seattle” link, so you can expand your search for all of Seattle.
  • Expanding your search by keyword. Even if you didn’t search using a Keyword, you will note that each listing shows keywords. You can ignore these. Or, if you are interested in expanding your search outside your chosen city, click on any keyword in a listing. You will be taken to a new web page, showing all the listings in Washington State associated with that keyword.
  • Printing: You can click on the print option within any listing to open a new page that lists only that one listing.
  • Expand or Collapse Listings: Clicking on the [expand] link within a listing will “open” the listing to show you more information. Clicking on the [collapse] link will return the listing to it’s original, abbreviated format.

Search Using Keyword
Underneath the “Search by Zip code” option is a “Search by Keyword” option. You can search by location AND keyword, or only by keyword. To learn what a keyword is, and see a list of available keywords, go to {anchor anchor=’whatarekeywords’ text=’About Keywords>>’}

If you search only by Keyword, your search will return all the listing associated with that keyword in the entire state of Washington.

If you search by location (city and/or zip) AND keyword your search will return all the listings associated with that keyword inside of that location. The results: If there are resources listed within your keyword choice, you will see the results of your search. All the classes, events, resources and support groups listed that are associated with your keyword will show up on a new web page. If you also specified location, your results will be limited to listings within that location, that are associated with your keyword.

  • Expanding your search by city. Once you have your search results, you can “break out” of your key word search and search for all listings within a city. Just click on the city name within the listing.
  • Expanding your search by keyword. Even though you only searched using one keyword, each listing contains multiple keywords. If you are interested in expanding your search outside by keyword, click on any keyword in a listing. You will be taken to a new web page, showing all the listings in Washington State associated with that new keyword.
  • Printing: You can click on the print option within any listing to open a new page that lists only that one listing.
  • Expand or Collapse Listings: Clicking on the [expand] link within a listing will “open” the listing to show you more information. Clicking on the [collapse] link will return the listing to it’s original, abbreviated format.

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What are key words?

Keywords are significant, pre-determined words that you can use to help you narrow and focus your search. Each resource listing in our database is “tagged” with approximately 3-5 keywords. When you start a search using a keyword, the listings that have a matching keyword will show up as results of your search.

You can start a search using only keywords. This will give you the largest return on your search. You will get listings returned from all over Washington State; however, they will all be associated with your keyword choice. Or, you can specify a keyword and search within a particular city and/or zip code. This will narrow and focus your search.

Who assigns keywords?
The keywords associated with each listing were chosen by the Sponsor Agency, in hopes that the keyword would be as accurate a descriptor as possible.

Why don’t I see the keyword “parent”?
It seems obvious: you are looking for parenting resources, so shouldn’t you just search on the keyword “parent”? The problem is–this is a parenting resource database, so all the resources would be considered “parent” resources. If we had used “parent” as a possible keyword, it wouldn’t narrow and focus your search; instead, you would get back every single listing as a result of your search (because they are all parent resources)! So you can’t use the word “parent” as a keyword.

Which keywords can I use?
There are a limited number of keywords. All our keywords are listed in the drop down menu on the main search page. They are as follows:

  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Anger management
  • Autism
  • Baby
  • Breast-feeding
  • Childbirth
  • Childcare
  • Clothing
  • Counseling
  • CPS
  • Daycare
  • Depression
  • Diapers
  • Disability
  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • DSHS
  • Early Learning
  • Education
  • FAS
  • Father
  • Food
  • Foster care
  • Fun
  • Gay
  • Grandfather
  • Grandmother
  • Grandparent
  • Health
  • Home School
  • Home Visit
  • Housing
  • Immunization
  • Infant
  • Latino
  • Legal
  • Mental Health
  • Neglect
  • Nursing
  • Play group
  • Postpartum
  • Pregnancy
  • Preschool
  • Public Health
  • Recovery
  • Relative
  • Respite
  • School
  • School Readiness
  • Shelter
  • Spanish
  • Special needs
  • Step Parent
  • Stress
  • Substance abuse
  • Support
  • SIDS
  • Teen
  • Toddler

 

What are Resource Types?

On the top of your Search Results Page, you’ll notice a “legend” that is color coded. The legend shows how we’ve coded certain listings. Classes are colored light blue, Support groups are colored lilac, Events are tan, and Resources are orange. What is the difference between these?

What is a Class?
Classes are instructional and conducted over a limited period of time. If something is listed as a “Class”, make sure to note the start and end dates.

What is a Group?
Groups are more informal than classes and usually meet on a regular and ongoing basis.

What is a Resource?
Resources are agencies, programs and services offered to the community. Often times an agency will also have individual classes, groups and/or events listed in our database. But if you want information about the agency as a whole, this is the category to look for.

What is an Event?
Events are activities that are offered for a short period of time, such as lectures, workshops, and family recreation. Because these tend to be very time-limited, make sure to note Start Date, End Date and registration information in each listing.

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Which Cities Are Listed?


We only list cities when we have information about local resources in that city. If your city isn’t listed, you can:

Call the Family Help Line
The Family Help Line is available everywhere in Washington State. When you have a question or concern about a child in your life…when you’re not sure where to turn for help…when you just need someone to listen…

CALL THE FAMILY HELP LINE.
1-800-932-HOPE (4673) Toll-free in Washington State

Inform us of community resources.
If you know of a resource in your area, and it’s not listed in our database, please help us by connecting that resource to our website. They can download forms from the website, complete and submit the forms, and then we can post the information. Go to How To Add A Listing >>

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