Expert Recommended Websites
Our experts recommend trusted parenting resources to help you avoid the overwhelming number of less-than-expert parenting advice available. We can’t endorse all of the information you’ll find. However, we do think we can help you avoid a lot of frustration due to the overwhelming number of less-than-expert parenting advice available.
Play Nicely™ is a brief, free multimedia parenting program that offers parents clear strategies that can be implemented in minutes. Developed at Vanderbilt University, the Play Nicely program teaches discipline strategies that can be used for children ages 1 through 7 years.
Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Visit the Reach Out and Read website today.
Kids in Parks is an expanding network of family-friendly outdoor adventures called TRACK Trails. Each TRACK Trail features self-guided brochures and signs that turn your visit into a fun and exciting outdoors experience. Best of all, you can earn prizes for tracking your adventures!
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Depression during and after pregnancy occur more often than most people realize. Approximately 15% of women experience significant depression following childbirth. The percentages are even higher for women who are also dealing with poverty, and can be twice as high for teen parents. Ten percent of women experience depression in pregnancy. In fact, perinatal depression is the most common complication of childbirth. To learn more and connect with experts, go to the Postpartum Support International website.
Learn about the partnerships developed by the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation to define shared birth-to-eight measures of reading success, to build public understanding, to drive aligned action, and to advance state and local policies that support each child being on a pathway to grade-level reading – all rooted in research and an understanding of what those closest to children need.
To learn more and find reading programs in North Carolina, visit North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation website.
There are only 2,000 days between the time a baby is born and when he or she will begin kindergarten. During that time brain architecture is forming, creating either a strong or weak foundation for all future learning. Harvard University neuroscientist Jack Shonkoff puts it this way, “brains are built not born.”
To learn more and to participate in child advocacy polls, go to the First 2,000 Days website at http://www.first2000days.org/