Child Development and Parenting

  • The Fathers Network of Washington State

    Does their work by connecting fathers of children, of all ages, who have special needs with each other and with resources, information, and education to assist them as they become more competent and compassionate caregivers for their children.

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  • National Center for Fathering

    Works to inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers, grandfathers and father figures their children need. The Championship Fathering program works to mentor and empower fathers, and the website provides articles, broadcasts, and other resources for fathers.

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  • Action for Children

    Assists families in Cook County to find quality childcare, including care for children with special needs, and applying for childcare funding assistance. For Child Care information outside of Cook County, click on For Families, then Additional Resources, then IDHS Child Care Information.
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  • Chicago Parent/Special Parent Magazine

    A gold mine of information for families living in or around Chicago. Special Parent magazine, filled with articles, activities and businesses geared toward families of children with special needs is published twice yearly. View archives, recent articles and information on line.

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  • PBS Parents

    Filled with information on early learning, PBS Parents provides information on topics such as education, child development, activities, food and fitness, parenting, and PBS programming. The site includes interactive games and videos for parents and children. Also in Spanish

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  • Illinois Early Learning Project

    This project of the Illinois State Board of education and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign offer many resources for parents and professionals. The Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards for Preschool and the Illinois’ Birth to Three Learning Guidelines are also available on the IELP website. IELP Tips Sheets are easy-to-read, one-page tip sheets of activities, and strategies to support the development of young children in all areas, available in several languages.

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  • Child Care Resource and Referral

    Childcare referral services are available in all Illinois communities via a local Child Care Resource & Referral Agency. Each CCR&R represents a grouping of counties in the state, referred to as a Service Delivery Area (SDA). Find your CCR&R

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