Links

These websites offer a world of information. Inclusion of any links is not an endorsement by Parent Trust for Washington Children. Content in this section is the property of the organization whose website it is posted on.

Washington State Government

Access Washington
This site offers information and links to Washington State Government agencies and departments.
http://www.access.wa.gov/
Department of Early Learning
The Department of Early Learning strives to support access to safe, healthy, and quality early childhood development throughout Washington State.
http://www.del.wa.gov/
Dept. of Health Children with Special Needs
The CSHCN program promotes an integrated system of services for infants, children and youth up to age 18 years who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions and require health and related services of a type or amount beyond what is generally needed. CSHCN >>
Department of Social and Health Resources
This webpage provides a quick and detailed view of DSHS, and is a user-friendly way to access information about their services.
http://www.dshs.wa.gov/
Kinship Care Washington State
Over 35,000 people in Washington State are caring for a relative’s child. This section of the Dept. of Social and Health Services website can help you find information about services, programs and support.
http://www.dshs.wa.gov/kinshipcare/index.shtml
Office of Children and Families Ombudsman
The Family and Children’s Ombudsman investigates complaints about agency actions or inaction that involve any child at risk of abuse, neglect, or other harm.
http://www.governor.wa.gov/ofco/
Post Partum Depression Campaign
The Washington State Postpartum Depression (PPD) Awareness Campaign is committed to addressing PPD in ways that will inform, inspire and impact the future health of women, children and their families in Washington.
http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/speakup.aspx
Strengthening Families Washington
Strengthening Families Washington is an initiative within the Department of Early Learning (DEL) that focuses on helping families: strengthen family bonds, understand childhood development, cope with the challenge of parenting, develop positive discipline skills.
http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/default.aspx/
Washington Apple Health For Kids
Apple Health for Kids is a Washington State initiative aimed at streamlining applications for children’s healthcare coverage.
http://www.hca.wa.gov/medicaid/Pages/index.aspx

 

Health and Safety

Healthy Children
This website is developed and provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/Pages/default.aspx
Lifespan Respite Washington
Information about the availability and type of respite for those in need, from parents caring for children to children caring for their parents. Applications for respite vouchers on the website.
http://www.lifespanrespitewa.org
Medline Plus: Child Development
MedlinePlus brings together information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. The Child Development section of the website contains latest news, updates, research info, overviews of child development, specific conditions and issues–all related to children and health.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childdevelopment.html
A School Nurse's Guide to Kid's Health and Safety
Guide that covers common school illnesses, “basic personal hygiene musts”, food allergies in school, concussions, children’s exercise and nutrition guidelines, and additional resources.
http://www.rntobsn.org/resources/school-nurses-guide-to-kids-health-and-safety/
Seattle Children's Hospital
Children’s offers an array health and safety resources: videos, articles and handouts on topics including infection and disease, first aid and safety, emotions, behavior, nutrition, and fitness.
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/safety-wellness/safety/
US Consumer Product Safety Commission
The CPSC Provides updates on recalled toys, children’s furniture, and other products, and can deliver this information to your email box.
http://www.cpsc.gov/
Washington State Post Partum Depression Campaign
This website contains basic information about PPD, support group contact information, brochures, internet links, a research section, and more.
http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/speakup.aspx
Within Reach
Within Reach provides essential resources for family health, including connections to free or low-cost health insurance (Medicaid, SCHIP, and Children’s Health Insurance), nutrition resources (food stamps, WIC, food banks), family planning services, low cost child care, and immunizations.
http://www.withinreachwa.org/

 

Parenting and Child Development

ARC of Washington Parent 2 Parent
Personal support and information for families of children with developmental disabilities provided by another parent with similar needs.
http://www.arcwa.org/getsupport/parent_to_parent_p2p_programs
Being a Step Parent
UK website specifically for step parents and their families. Advice and information about children, partners and ex-partners, financial issues, parenting, teenagers, everyday life and other family members.
http://www.beingastepparent.co.uk/
Child Care Aware of Washington
Child Care Aware is network of 18 community-based, private, nonprofit child care resource and referral agencies across Washington State. They offer consumer education, training and technical assistance to parents, child care providers, employers and the community.
http://www.childcarenet.org/
Childhaven
Childhaven’s mission focuses on serving children ages one month through five years who have suffered abuse and neglect. Infants and children with open CPS or CWS cases may be enrolled at one of Childhaven’s four child care branches in King County.
http://www.childhaven.org
Circle of Parents®
The Circle of Parents® National Network represents a partnership of parent leaders and 26 statewide (including Parent Trust for Washington Children) and regional organizations in 25 states. Website also has parenting information.
http://www.circleofparents.org/
Elizabeth Pantley's Website
Offers advice on No-Cry solutions for sleep, potty training, and discipline questions.
http://elizabethpantley.com/
Kinship Care in Washington
For grandparents or other family members raising children/youth. The site includes information, resources, a list of support groups, guardianship issues, etc.
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa/home-and-community-services-kinship-care/kinship-care
National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University
The mission: to raise awareness about the needs and concerns of the children of the incarcerated and their families.
https://nrccfi.camden.rutgers.edu/ >>
Parenting Counts
Parenting Counts
The research-based family of products developed by Talaris Institute to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children
http://www.parentingcounts.org/
Tufts University Child and Family Web Guide
Tufts University Child and Family Web Guide
The Child & Family WebGuide describes trustworthy websites on topics of interest to parents and professionals. All the sites listed on the WebGuide have been systematically evaluated by graduate students and faculty in child development. These sites have been selected from thousands that are available on the Web, based primarily on the quality of the information they provide.
http://www.cfw.tufts.edu/
UW Autism Center
The Autism Center provides intervention services, diagnostic evaluation, and program consultation for children from birth through adolescence with autism spectrum disorder.
http://depts.washington.edu/uwautism/
Zero to Three
Includes articles for parents on: child development, early language, health and nutrition, play, sleep, emotional development, and how parents can support baby’s learning.
http://www.zerotothree.org

 

Expectant and New Parent

Childbirth Connection
Dedicated to improving the quality of maternity care, and promoting research-based, effective, satisfying care. Articles, evidence based information.
http://www.childbirthconnection.org
Lamaze International
Offers resources for expectant parents, including articles on a wide variety of topics related to pregnancy, birth and babies.
http://www.lamaze.org/
Loving Care
A series of four books for parents of children from birth to age three developed by Nova Scotia’s Department of Health and Wellness. Includes comprehensive guide to baby care; infant cues, developmental milestones, games to play with baby, breastfeeding basics, how to cope with crying, sleep issues, bathing and cord care, health and safety. http://www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/lovingcare/
March of Dimes Pregnancy and Newborn Health Education Center
Information for pregnant and new mothers AND fathers about prenatal care, medical testing, healthy lifestyle choices to prevent birth defects and preterm birth.
http://www.marchofdimes.com/pnhec/pnhec.asp
National Women's Health Network
Provides lots of basic information on prenatal care, healthy pregnancy, labor and birth, breastfeeding, finding childcare, and more.
https://nwhn.org/
Program for Early Parent Support
PEPS offers support groups for parents of newborns, older babies, and toddlers. Groups are offered throughout King and Snohomish Counties. Meetings include opportunities for sharing the joys and challenges of parenting, giving and getting support, and learning songs to sing to your baby. http://www.pepsgroup.org
Post Partum Depression Campaign
The Washington State Postpartum Depression (PPD) Awareness Campaign is committed to addressing PPD in ways that will inform, inspire and impact the future health of women, children and their families in Washington. This website contains basic information about PPD, support group contact information, brochures, internet links, a research section, and more. http://www.del.wa.gov/development/strengthening/speakup.aspx
Transition to Parenthood
A website developed by Great Starts trainer, Janelle Durham. Includes: articles for expectant parents on pregnancy, birth, and babies; resources for childbirth educators such as class lesson plans and handouts; and lists of parenting resources in the Seattle area.
http://www.transitiontoparenthood.com

 

Policy and Research

Adverse Childhood Experiences
This study offers insight into the definition, frequency, presence, and the effects of adverse childhood experiences on adult health and well being.
http://www.acestudy.org/
Center of Human Development and Disability
The Clinical Training Unit at UCDD. The assessment and treatment of children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, using a family-centered, community-based, culturally competent approach.
https://depts.washington.edu/chdd/
Children's Alliance
Statewide child advocacy organization. Their mission is to improve the well being of children in Washington by effecting positive changes in public policies, priorities, and programs.
http://www.childrensalliance.org/
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families.
http://www.childwelfare.gov/
Informing Families
Families and advocacy partners work together to communicate developmental disabilities issues in Washington State.
http://informingfamilies.org/
Mockingbird Society
Mockingbird Society works to improve foster care and end youth homelessness. The Mockingbird Youth Network is a powerful statewide coalition of young people affected by foster care. Mockingbird engages youth in developing leadership and advocacy skills.
http://www.mockingbirdsociety.org/
Organizational Research Services
ORS has accumulated extensive experience in the design and implementation of practical and effective evaluations for program improvement and accountability. Using empowerment evaluation strategies, ORS has helped many agencies conduct evaluations of programs and initiatives.
http://www.organizationalresearch.com/
Promising Practices Network
Highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The information offered is organized around three major areas: Proven and Promising Programs, Research in Brief, and Strengthening Service Delivery
http://www.promisingpractices.net/
RAND Corporation: Child Policy
RAND Child Policy serves as a gateway to RAND research on children’s issues from prenatal to age 18, and provides easy access to objective information that will help improve policy and decision-making. RAND research on child policy is conducted by multiple research divisions, and draws upon the expertise of over 140 researchers and consultants.
http://www.rand.org/research_areas/children/
Search Institute
Beyond the list of the 40 Developmental Assets and the Search Institute’s technical terminology, this webpage outlines ways to help children and youth increase positive experiences and qualities that have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.
http://www.search-institute.org/
Team Child
Upholds the legal rights of youth to ensure that they have opportunities to succeed.
http://www.teamchild.org/