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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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Disabilities and Special Health


Beach Center on Families and Disability University of Kansas
Haworth Hall, Room 3136
1200 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045
(785) 864-7600 (V/TTY)

(785) 864-7605 (F)

The goal of this organization is to provide families with the resources and skills needed to help their children with disabilities to reach their full potential. They conduct research on empowering adolescents and parents of children with disabilities, efficacy of parent-to-parent support, family support policy, friendship, family-centered care, child abuse and neglect, and the role of fathers.

Especially for Parents

Especially for Parents is an online network and forum where parents of children and youth with special health care needs can share knowledge and offer support. Members are able to start a discussion, share tips, tricks and shortcuts, offer support to others, write a blog, create a group for parents with similar interests or situations, create a virtual meeting spot for a local community group, invite friends to become community members, and promote events.

Family Voices

3411Candelana, NE, Suite H
Albuquerque, NM 87107
(505) 872-4774 or (888) 835-5669

(505) 872-4780 (F)

National grassroots organization of families and friends speaking on behalf of children with special health care needs. Family Voices was founded by parents who developed national and state family networks and organizations to improve the health and education systems that serve their children. The goal is to help shape national, state, and local health care policy and practice in private and public health care systems by:

  • Supporting a national network of volunteer regional and state coordinators who provide information to families and policymakers.

  • Serving as a clearinghouse to keep its members informed about health care issues.

  • Forming partnerships with professionals and other state and national organizations to make sure the voices of families are heard. Is a FRCA partner in disseminating guidelines for health supervision of children and adolescents.


Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
1101 King Street, Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 684-7710

(703) 836-1040 (F)

This national parent-run organization focuses on the needs of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders and their families. They serve as a catalyst for change by promoting partnerships among family members, professionals, and other interested citizens to improve services for children with emotional, behavioral, or mental disorders and also provide leadership training of parents in advocacy and community outreach.

March of Dimes

1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
(914) 997-4488

This organization provides information regarding pregnancy, birth defects, and understanding your newborn.

PACER Center, Inc.

8161 Normandale Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55437
(800) 537-2237 or (952) 838-9000 Minnesota

(888) 248-0822 USA

(952) 838-0190 (TTY)

(952) 838-0199 (F)

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., CST, Monday - Friday

PACER Center was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, PACER Center expands opportunities and enhances the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families. PACER is staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities and works in coalition with 18 disability organizations. Take a look at the many articles on their news page.

Parent Education Network

Parent Education Network (PEN) provides information for parents of children with special needs, and includes links to federal special education, transportation, and other relevant websites.

Pennsylvania Families Incorporated

Pennsylvania Families Incorporated is a statewide network that shares the common concerns about children and their special needs, brings groups together and uses the power of all families to bring about change in the community, county and state. PFI network members are family members and others concerned about children that receive or should receive services from any system of care, such as mental health, drug and alcohol, children and youth, foster care, juvenile justice, education, and so many more.

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

The National Parent Training and Information Center for military families providing support and advice to military parents without regard of the type of medical condition their child has.



Education and Legislation


No Child Left Behind: What Parents Need To Know

This easy to read guide (in PDF format) explains the NCLB legislation and what it means for parents and their children.

Pennsylvania Department of E

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website includes information about Pennsylvania schools, legislation, initiatives and PDE contacts.

Pennsylvania Department of Education – Academic Achievement Report

The Academic Achievement Report lists information about Pennsylvania school districts and individual schools regarding adequate yearly progress as defined by No Child Left Behind.

United States Department of Education

The United States Department of Education website includes information regarding No Child Left Behind regulations, policy guidance, information and publications.



Family-School-Community Partnerships


Families and Communities United
Families and Communities United (FCU) consists of family members and professionals that work together to improve the lives of children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system and impact positive change within that system. This commitment to an enhanced quality of life for individuals and communities is core to the mission, vision and values of the Pennsylvania child welfare system and the Child Welfare Training Program.

Harvard Family Research Project

Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) was founded in 1983 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. HFRP strives to promote more effective educational practices, programs, and policies for disadvantaged children and youth by generating, publishing, and disseminating research.

Intercultural Development Research Association

5835 Callaghan Road, Suite 350
San Antonio, TX 78228-1190
(210) 444-1710

(210) 444-1714 (F)

IDRA is a vanguard leadership development and research team working with people to create self-renewing schools that value and empower all children, families and communities.

Mission Homefront

Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200
Camp Hill, PA 17011

(717) 763-1661

(717) 763-2083 (F)

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Center for Schools and Communities, have joined forces in an initiative entitled Mission Homefront to address the needs of children and families affected by military deployment, particularly as it relates to academic achievement. Mission Homefront is designed to educate and provide resources for Pennsylvania’s school personnel and families who are struggling with the impact of deployment on Pennsylvania’s children.

Pennsylvania provides the nation’s highest number of National Guard troops and the third largest number of all personnel serving in the military effort. This important initiative will help ensure an optimal learning environment is maintained for children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania affected by military deployment.  Mission Homefront presents essential facts regarding military deployment, provides professional development opportunities to help educators understand deployment and its impact on children, assists schools in identifying the number of students in their district affected by deployment, offers strategies to support students and their families before, during and after deployment, and reinforces the critical role of parents and educators in providing stability during the challenges of deployment.

National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education

c/o National Community Education Association
3929 Old Lee Highway, Suite 91A
Fairfax, VA 22030-2401
(703) 359-8973

(703) 359-0972 (F)

This organization advocates for the involvement of parents in their children’s education and fosters relationships among home, school, and community that enhance young people’s education. Is a collaboration of education, community, and public service organizations nationwide. The National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education provides information on publications, training, and services available.

National Network of Partnership Schools

Johns Hopkins University
Center on School, Family, and Community Partnerships
3003 North Charles Street, Suite 200
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8818

(410) 516-8890 (F)

This organization provide information on the essential components of school organization that influence student development and learning by helping schools develop and maintain programs of partnerships with parents.


National PTA
National PTA Headquarters

1250 North Pitt Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Ph (703) 518-1200

Toll free (800) 307-4PTA (4782)

F (703) 836-0942

The National Congress of Parents and Teachers provides information for parents, teachers, students, principals, administrators, and others interested in uniting the forces of home, school, and community on behalf of children and youth.


Parent Training & Information Centers
Alliance National Center
8161 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55437
(888) 248-0822

Parent Training and Information Centers provides a list of parent training and information centers in the United States. Many centers serve the entire state while others are community-based and serve more local areas.


Partnership for Family Involvement in Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-8173
(202) 401-2000

(202) 205-9133 (F)

Partnership for Family Involvement in Education seeks to encourage the development of family-school-community partnerships to promote children’s learning and improve education and is committed to improving local schools and increasing family involvement in education. Online Resources are available.


Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

Southwest Educational Development Laboratory is a private, non-profit educational research, development and dissemination corporation. SEDL creates and provides research-based products and services to improve teaching and learning.



Health and Safety


Center for Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Health has a mission to protect people from toxic chemicals and promote business products and practices that are safe for public health and the environment. Their website provides helpful information about product compliance with federal health and safety regulations.


Center for Safe Schools
Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200
Camp Hill, PA 17011
(717) 763-1661

(717) 763-2083 (F)

The Center for Safe Schools seeks creative and effective solutions to problems that disrupt the educational process and affect school safety. Training, technical assistance, and a clearinghouse of video and print materials are available through the Center to help schools identify and implement effective programs and practices. The Center also maintains a database of resources available to assist school districts.


Food and Nutrition Service Programs Help Guide

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued a new guide to help consumers navigate social services and assistance applications for all FNS programs. FNS administers the nation’s major nutrition assistance programs including school breakfast and lunch, childcare and afterschool food programs. The brochure is color-coded which indicates eligibility by different demographic groups. It also provides basic information, steps and information sources to help consumers navigate the process.


Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Suite 700
Irving, TX 75062
(800) 438-6233

This parent-led organization trains parents to get involved in schools and talk to the media to advocate against drunk driving. MADD parents serve on public, law enforcement, and legislative advisory boards and aid in establishing local and county initiatives and task forces. Parents provide victim assistance and conduct outreach. Workshops and publications are available on the website.


Safe Kids Pennsylvania

Center for Schools and Communities
275 Grandview Avenue, Suite 200
Camp Hill, PA 17011

(717) 763-1661

(717) 763-2083 (F)

PA Safe Kids promotes prevention of childhood injuries in Pennsylvania through education, collaboration, and advocacy. The site provides information regarding fire, pedestrian, water, motor vehicle and bicycle safety.


U.S. Lead Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Information is provided regarding primary sources of lead exposure, regulations and policy.


Voices for America’s Children
1522 K Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-0777

(202) 289-0776 (F)

This advocacy organization is dedicated to securing the safety, health, and education of children by building and strengthening state and community-based child advocacy organizations. Voices for America’s Children engage in advocacy work with policymakers and the media.



National Parent Leadership Training Programs


Parent Advocates for Youth
459 Vienna
San Francisco, CA 94112

(415) 239-0161

(415) 239-0584 (F)

Parent Advocates for Youth (PAY) is the parent advocacy training and leadership arm of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. The group was founded in 1994 with parents of youth in Coleman's youth organizing group (Y-MAC) because Coleman staff and Board believed that the voices most absent from the policymaking process were among those most impacted by city policies – namely parents. PAY has become one of the most respected parent organizations in San Francisco.


Parent Leadership Program
The ARC Michigan
1325 S Washington Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933
(800) 292-7851 or (517) 487-5426

(517) 487-0303 (F)

Provides training for parents of children with special needs.


Parents Anonymous
675 West Foothill Boulevard, Suite 220
Claremont, CA 91711-3475
(909) 621-6184

(909) 625-6304 (F)

This national organization provides technical assistance and training on a variety of leadership skills for parents. They train parents to train other parents to operate mutual support groups. Their vision is based on  parents’ input, leadership, and mutual support as essential components in strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect.


Parents as Leaders
240 Waisman Center
1500 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-6745

(608) 263-0529 (F)


Parenting: General Parenting

Parents as Leaders provide training for caregivers of children birth-6 years who have special needs.


America’s Promise Alliance

Building on the legacy of founder, General Colin Powell, America’s Promise is a leader in forging a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children experience the fundamental resources they need to succeed – the Five Promises (caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education and opportunities to help others) – at home, in school and out in the community.


American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers information on physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults is provided.


Beginning With Books

Best Books for Babies is an initiative developed by Beginning with Books in an effort to highlight the importance of reading to babies. Since 1999, a committee comprised of librarians, child development experts, and academic has reviewed hundreds of books for babies published in the prior year. Selection for the list is based on the following criteria: age appropriate subject, format, and theme; clear, uncluttered illustrations; distinguished writing; easy physical manipulation by the intended audience; and interactive potential.  


Center on Fathers, Families and Public Policy

The Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) is a nationally-focused public policy organization conducting policy research, technical assistance, training, litigation and public education in order to focus attention on the barriers faced by never-married, low-income fathers and their families.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Health - this website provides information regarding disease control and prevention.


Families and Work Institute       

Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, the changing workplace, the changing family and the changing community.  Information regarding research, publications, upcoming events and related news is provided.


Helping Your Child Become a Reader

U.S. Department of Education - information is provided about learning to read, activities, and resources. Information is available in English and Spanish.


Helping Your Child With Homework

U.S. Department of Education - information is provided on how to help your child with homework, involvement in your child’s education, summer learning, health/safety, and special needs.


National Center on Fathers and Families
University of Pennsylvania                                                                                
3440 Market Street, Suite 450
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 573-5500

The primary goals of the National Center on Fathers and Families are to: Expand the knowledge base on father involvement, family efficacy and child well-being, within multiple disciplines through research and development, integrated discussion, and information building, to strengthen practice through practitioner-targeted conversations, information dissemination, and collaborative activities and to contribute to critical policy discussions by creating a coherent agenda of work that is built around existing and emerging local, state, and federal efforts.


National Institute of Health

The National Institute of Health (NIH) is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.


Pennsylvania Family Centers

For nearly two decades, Pennsylvania's Family Centers have integrated and provided community services to help families become healthier, better educated and self-sufficient. Family Centers help parents:

  • Learn about their children's development.

  • Engage in parent education and child development activities.

  • Access health care information as well as assistance regarding health care services and insurance.

  • Access education, training and employment information.

  • Receive information and assistance on other community resources, such as well-baby care, immunizations and early intervention services.


Reading is Fundamental

1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW

Suite 400

Washington, DC 20009

(877) 743-7323

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) was founded in 1966 and motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF's highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through a national, grassroots network of community volunteers at 21,000 program sites, RIF provides 5 million children with 17 million new, free books and literacy resources each year.



Parenting: Prenatal to Kindergarten


Born Learning

Born Learning is a public engagement campaign to help parents, grandparents, and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities.


Head-Start Bureau

Website maintained by the Head Start Bureau as an electronic resource for Head Start service providers, parents, volunteers, community organizations, and others, who share an interest in helping children, look forward to a brighter future.


Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America provides information to help expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start.


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1509 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-1426
(800) 424-2460 or (202) 232-8777

(202) 328-1846 (F)

NAEYC is the largest membership organization of early childhood professionals that works to increase public understanding and support for high-quality programs for young children and their families through public policy and public education initiatives. They collaborate with media representatives and government representatives at all levels to advocate for services for children and families.


"One Book" Reading Promotion Projects

"One Book" projects (community-wide reading programs), initiated by the Washington Center for the Book in 1998, have been introduced across the U.S.A. and around the world. Each year a new book is featured across Pennsylvania in an effort to provide children and families with quality literature for your children. Opportunities to participate in the reading of the featured book by the author are a wonderful way to expose children to literature. The Parent Activities provide a venue for families to extend activities around the story and find another way to experience literacy. For a state-by-state listing of past and current "one book" projects in Pennsylvania and the U.S.A visits the One Book web site.


Parents as Teachers
2228 Ball Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 432-4330 or (888) 728-4968

(314) 432-8963 (F)

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a research-based, nationally-replicated program to provide parents with the information and support they need to give their children the best possible start in life. PAT is in partnership with local programs such as Head Start, Family Centers and schools which offer home visits, group meetings, developmental screenings, and information and referral to parents of children prenatal to school entrance. PAT offers a variety of training and technical assistance to local programs.


Pregnancy Risk Information

Information is provided regarding pregnancy and the effects that drugs, medications, chemicals and other exposures may have on the fetus.


Report of the BUILD Infant-Toddler Mental Health Symposium

Current Trends and Visions for the Future, December 2007 (PDF format).


Terrific Transitions

The Terrific Transitions website is a collaborative effort of the SERVE Regional Educational Laboratory and the National Head Start Association. Their goal is to provide a wide variety of transition information and resources for families, professionals, and community partnerships to use as they address children’s transitions into kindergarten.


The Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Family Resource Institute
PO Box 2525
Lynnwood, WA 98036
(800) 999-3429 or (235) 531-2878

(253) 531-2668 (F)

This national organization works with parents and professionals to help them identify, understand, and care for individuals with fetal alcohol syndrome and prenatal alcohol related disabilities.



The Agriculture Department and the Office of the Surgeon General are partnering with TodoBebe, which means “everything baby,” to provide health information to Spanish speaking families, including promotion of prenatal care, having a baby and being a parent. The website is also available in Portuguese.


Zero To Three

U.S. Department of Education - Zero To Three is a booklet that provides information on training, policy and parent resources.