Resource Directory

GENERAL PARENTING INFORMATION:

Child Development  Parenting Education

FOR NEW PARENTS:

Breastfeeding Support Car Seat Information • Child Care Information

Postpartum Information and Support • Sleep Coach for Babies

FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN:

Fun Places to Go and Things to Do  • Play Groups • Safety and Poison Control

Sibling Preparation

FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOLAGED CHILDREN INCLUDING TEENS:

Before and After School Programs • Bullying

Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Resources  Eating Disorders •

Education and School Support   Media and Internet Safety  Teens

FOR OTHER PARENTING SITUATIONS:

Adoptive Parents Resources • For Divorced Parents 

For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren  For Parents of Multiples •

For Parents of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transsexual Children • For Teenage Parents 

FOR PARENTS OF SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN:

General Information • Testing 

Additional Information on Specific Issues:

ADHD • Autism • Learning Disabilities • Mental Health/ Behavior Problems

Direct Services and Therapies:

Art Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Learning Disabilities Services • Mental Health and Behavioral Problem Support • Social Skills Services • Summer Camps

Education and School Advocacy • Sibling Support

BEREAVEMENT AND TRAUMA SUPPORT

OTHER RESOURCES

General Resources • Child Abuse/Sexual Abuse • Domestic Violence and Victim Services
Low Income

HOTLINES

GENERAL PARENTING INFORMATION

CHILD DEVELOPMENT

American Psychological Association- offers a broad range of information about many issues that parents face in raising their children and that offers support and suggestions to help families be emotionally healthy.
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202-336-5500; 800-374-2721

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia- immunization web page.

The Early Years Institute- Almost 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age 5. We have to make the most of the early years! The Early Years Institute educates parents, teachers,and the public about the importance of the early years.

Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child is devoted to improving life outcomes for children everywhere.

HealthyChildren.org- website developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Kids’ Health- a website for children, parents & teachers provided by the Nemours Center for Children’s Health Media, part of The Nemours Foundation.

ParentFurther.com- a website with tips and information about parenting that is strength-based and focusing on what is right about kids and parents.

PBS.org/parents- a website with general information about parenting and child development for infants through teens

Talaris Research Institute- works to improve the social, emotional & cognitive development of children from the prenatal period through age five.

Tufts University- Child & Family Web Guide- evaluates, describes & links to hundreds of sites containing child development research & practical advice.

Zero to Three- informs, trains & supports professionals, policy makers & parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

PARENTING EDUCATION

Aldersgate Counseling Services - offers mandated counseling programs, including anger management.  Located in Willow Grove, PA;  215-657-4545

Carson Valley Children’s Aid - offices in Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, PA. It is a non-profit, child welfare agency offering a comprehensive continuum of care and a commitment to strengthening children, families and neighborhoods. They provide a six-session court approved parenting education program in Norristown.
Main Office (Flourtown) 215-233-1960

Home to the Norristown Family Center, a parenting support and home visiting program. During the biweekly visits, trained family development specialists work with the parents to encourage play and learning.  Free to those living within a 5 mile radius of Norristown. 610-279-2755 X 380.

Center for Families and Relationships - offers a 10-session program with a certificate upon completion. Located in Northeast Philadelphia. 215-537-5367

Center for Growth – offers a workshop series designed to support parents in shifting from “surviving” to “thriving” in their parenting journey! Geared for parents of children aged 3 -12, this series covers topics such as temper tantrums, power struggles, teaching self-control and decision-making skills and emotional regulation while understanding the pressures families face raising children in today’s world.
233 S. 6th Street, Suite C-33, Philadelphia PA 19106, 215-922-5683

Child, Home and Community – has programs that ensure healthy births, enhance family stability and promotes self-sufficiency for teen parents and their children. Offers childbirth classes, parent support groups and career development for teens and young adults, free of charge.
204 N. West Street, Suite 101, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-348-9770

CORA Services – a private, not-for-profit organization located in Philadelphia, PA, CORA assists children, youth and families experiencing emotional, academic and social challenges which impede their development and productivity. Services include individual, group and family counseling, educational services, referral assistance, community drug and alcohol prevention educational and treatment, GED and job training, speech services, and psychological services. After school programs and adult enrichment programs are also available. Additionally, CORA Services operates a licensed pre-school and child care program.
8540 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111, 215-342-7660

Family Services – Pottstown Family Center - meets needs of families in this community through several support programs, such as home visitation for parents of children birth – age five, to help families understand and promote healthy child development; a parent-child playgroup; parent education workshops; a pregnant and parenting teen program and the SHARE food program.
1976 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464, 610-326-1610

I-Can Dads -  dedicated to encouraging and empowering dads to be the men and fathers they were always meant to be. Father’s Program held on Wednesday nights at Carson Valley Children’s Aid center in Norristown, PA from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Call to register: 610-279-2755.

Institute for Family Professionals  – a non-profit, professional development organization with trauma-informed curriculum on topics like understanding anger, understanding teens, and effective discipline to name just a few.  Eligible agencies can take the courses for FREE and can receive PQAS and CEU credentialling. Primary training location is 1617 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA and with some courses held in surrounding areas. Main office (Fort Washington)   215-654-9414 x51

JJC Family Services - a non-profit dedicated to the welfare of children and families. Includes a Parents Empowering Program which provides a supportive environment in which mothers and fathers can become successful parents. 100 W. Coutler Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144, 215-849-2112

Turning Points for Children - a non-profit organization in Philadelphia offering its Stronger Families Brighter Futures Parenting Programs.  (215) 875-4963 or e-mail lleibowitz@tp4c.org

Youth and Family Services of Upper Perkiomen Valley- provides a wide variety of counselingprevention and education services and programs to the Upper Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove, Pottstown and other surrounding communities.

WEBSITE:

Kids in the House - a comprehensive and easy to navigate website including parent-to-parent discussions and video advice from top experts in the field of parenting education.

FOR NEW PARENTS

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Breastfeeding Resource Center – run by lactation consultants who offer breastfeeding support and information to woman and healthcare professionals, regardless of economic means.

LaLeche League -helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education. Find answers to most questions on their website. Find local chapters.

Nursing Mothers Advisory Counsel - non-profit, volunteer organization serving areas of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania. NMAC volunteers offer support and counseling, free of charge, without judgment. Helpline for non-urgent questions – 215-572-8044

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) – supports breastfeeding and has additional services available to those mothers who breastfeed.
800-WIC-WINS

Car Seat Information

The Right Fit – Car Seat Installation

How To Install A Child Safety Seat

Your Baby – Newborn To Age Two In Rear Facing Seats

Car Seat Safety For Little Kids

Choosing Safe Products: Infant Seats and Child Safety Seats

Car Seats – Information For Parents and Families

Find Car Seat Inspection Stations

Child Passenger Safety Laws By State

Car Seat Safety: How to Choose and Use a Car Seat

8 Tips For Choosing a Child’s Car Seat

Car Seat Safety: A How To Guide

Car Seat Safety: Avoid 10 Common Mistakes

CHILD CARE INFORMATION

CCIS -Child Care Information Services for Pennsylvania

Resource and Referral and Subsidized Child Care, 800-281-1116

Click here for Montgomery County PA

Click here for Philadelphia County, PA

Click here for Bucks County, PA

rightchoiceforkids.org – provides list of programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

POSTPARTUM INFORMATION

Center for Post Partum Depression – provides services to parents, regardless of ability to pay. Also has an online assessment tool to see if professional assistance is needed.
2400 Chestnut Street, Apt 2203, Philadelphia, PA, 215-561-6381
8611 Germantown Avenue,Chestnut Hill, PA, 215-247-2114

Creekwood Center the outpatient psychiatric department for Abington Memorial Hospital offers one-on-one individual counseling and psychiatric support. Abington Health Center—Schilling Campus,
3941 Commerce Drive, Willow Grove, Pa 19090, 215-481-5478

LaSalle Community Psychological Services – a community mental health clinic operated through LaSalle University; individual treatment; low cost services on a sliding scale. 215-951-1006

Online PPD Support Group – offers information, support and assistance to those dealing with postpartum mood disorders, their families, friends, physicians and counselors.

Postpartum.net – provides a broad range of information about perinatal anxiety and mood disorders. Also includes links to resources by state as well as emergency contact information.

Postpartum Dads – articles about the father’s experience as well as ways to support mothers.

Postpartum Doula Support-For postpartum assistance with baby care and household support.

Postpartum Meetup Groups – meet up with other women coping with PPD. Family and friends welcome.

PostpartumProgress – a blog filled with important and useful information

The PostPartum Stress Center – specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of prenatal and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. Includes a wonderful list of additional resources on this topic and ideas for self-help.
1062 Lancaster Avenue, Suite 2, Rosemont, PA 19010, 610-525-7527

Post Partum Support International- 800.944.4PPD(4773)- Help Line refers callers to appropriate local resources including emergency services. Includes resources for fathers.

SLEEP COACH FOR BABIES

SleepyBug – offers workshops, seminars and private sleep consultations.
215-948-3443

FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN

FUN PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO

Children’s Music Express – a program for children and their grown-ups in Philadelphia, Bucks, and Montgomery counties, provides music, movement, yoga, and meditation classes and workshops for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, elementary aged children, and children with autism and special needs.  215-275-5594

Head Start/Body Start:  a website that promotes physical activity, outdoor play, nature-based learning and development, and healthy lifestyles for young children and their families.  Offers many creative tips and ideas for encouraging active play and meaningful movement in kids.

Macaroni Kid – a free national resource for parents listing events that are free or cheap as well as recipes, crafts, and parenting articles. Sign up to receive a weekly newsletter developed for your community.

Mommy’s Lil Black Book – a reference guide of community activities, events, classes, resources, etc. for Southeastern, PA families.

NEST- a child enrichment and activity center, an all-in-one play space, offering a wide range of kids classes, and services like birthday parties, kids salon and boutique, snack cafe, and indoor playground. Located in Center City Philadelphia and Wayne, PA. 215-545-6378

Philly Parent Circle- resource guide for parents and parents-to-be in Philadelphia and surrounding areas – classes, activities, discussion boards.

Playground Buzz- online resource for family fun in the Philadelphia area

PLAY GROUPS

www.buxmontmommies.com- a free community for moms in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to connect with one another online and in person.

Meetup Groups - from this site, enter your country and state and you will find listings of groups in your area.

Moms Clubs – a support group designed just for you, the at-home mother of today. From this link, you can find chapters in your area.

Saint Mary’s Parenting Center
1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047
For details about the following programs, call 215-710-5976
The Parenting Center sponsors:

  • Baby Boppin’ Jam – Play group for ages 1-2 ½ years including free-play followed by singing and dancing to music.
  • After the Stork – Support and discussion group for parents of newborns and infants. Activities include tummy time and musical activities.
  • Tot ‘R Cise – Play group for ages 2 to 5 years, including 15 minutes free play and organized physical activity class including yoga and stretching. Snack provided.
  • Play ‘N Share – Discussion group for parents to learn about parenting situations for younger children. Activities for children include free play.
  • First Footsteps to Pre-School – Program for pre-school children age 2-3 years. This program introduces circle time, craft and reading time, snack and open play for pre-schoolers and parents.
  • Mommy and Me Time – Program for children from 2-5 years including free play and structured activities around a weekly theme.

SAFETY AND POISON CONTROL

American Association of Poison Control Centers – learn about poison safety in English as well as a variety of languages.

Consumer Product and Safety Commission – comprehensive information on product safety and recalls.

Household Products Database - learn what’s in the products under your sink, in your garage or laundry room, about their potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

Katie Elise Lambert Foundation - provides tips and information about keeping your children safe from furniture tipping over and other dangers.

Parents Central: From car seats to car keys, keeping keys safe – a government website with the latest information about car seat safety

Poison emergencies call the Poison Help Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

Safe Kids USA – a national site dedicated to preventing injuries at home, at play and on the way. Includes links to car seat safety checks.

1-800-CAR-BELT – to find out which police departments do car seat installations.

SIBLING PREPARATION

Abington Memorial Hospital Childbirth Education- prepares children 3 – 6 years old for the arrival of a new baby in the family.
1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001, 215-481-6800

Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center – Help big brothers- and sisters-to-be prepare for their new role in the family.
1648 Huntingdon Pike, Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, 1-800-818-HRHR

 

FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOLAGED CHILDREN INCLUDING TEENS

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Child Care Information Services (CCIS) provides information about before/after school programs and daycare that exist near parent’s work and/or home 610-278-3707
Click here for Montgomery County PA
Click here for Philadelphia County, PA
Click here for Bucks County, PA

BULLYING

www.bullyingprevention.org -a guide to help communities implement program

Bullying Prevention Blog – with links to additional articles that address the many aspects of bullying

Cyber TipLine - if suspect cyberbullying or online predators, you can make a report online or call 1-800-843-5678.

http://kidshealth.org (search the Parents’ section for information on bullying) – practical, parent and kid friendly advice.

www.eyesonbullying.org – targeted to adults to help reduce bullying in children’s lives.

Growing Up Online –  a free, unique and engaging online book on internet safety for parents and their children.

http://www.preventchildabusenc.org – tips and information to help families work together to deal with bullying.

http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org – a teen-oriented site from the National Bullying Prevention Center.

www.stopbullyingnow.com

www.stopbullying.gov

DRUG AND ALCOHOL PREVENTION AND RESOURCES

Addiction Center – includes an overview of teenage abuse and addiction as well as a clear and easy-to-understand listings of the different types of abuse, who uses each substance, what the symptoms, effects and statistics are for each, and what treatment options exist.

Aldersgate Youth Service – a non-profit organization serving the community through counseling, substance abuse education and prevention, community outreach, and foster care. 215-657-4545

Be a Part of the Conversation -  provides effective, culture-changing programs that are designed to significantly heighten awareness of the effects of drug and alcohol use, abuse, and addiction; supports all students in their efforts to develop healthy choices and reject drugs and alcohol. Offers weekly meetings, special events and speakers, and a large resource section. Located in Horsham , PA.

Because I Love You – a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting parents with troubled children of any age. A parent to parent support group for parents who are challenged by their child’s behaviors. Website includes many helpful articles and links to find local chapters.

Drugabuse.gov – learn the scientific facts about drugs and drug abuse and what you can do to prevent your children from starting to take drugs or progressing further into drug abuse.

The Light Program -  a mental health Intensive Outpatient Program that treats adolescents and adults in crisis or struggling to function on a regular basis. Most attend between 12 and 16 sessions over the course of 3 to 5 weeks, which serves as a transition for individuals being discharged from an inpatient stay or as a way to prevent being hospitalized. 888-686-7511;  Locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida

The Partnership for a Drug Free America- a nonprofit organization that has a comprehensive online resource center offering tips and tools to equip parents to prevent their children from using drugs and alcohol, and to find help and treatment for family and friends in trouble.

Project Know – aims to inform parents and family members of those struggling with addiction, as well as addicts and alcoholics themselves, about the numerous options available for treating addiction through its national directory. The site examines issues of substance abuse or potential behavioral health disorders, including: use; abuse; dependency; treatment; and recovery topics and options.

Pyramid Healthcare – residential programs specifically designed for adolescents, including detoxification, support sessions, individual counseling sessions, and academic programs to keep them current academically, along with support for family members to address the issues and gain understanding of the changes that need to happen in the home for a lasting, positive outcome.

Rehab after School - offers comprehensive care from prevention through addiction that addresses the needs of adolescents affected by substance abuse and their families. Numerous locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. 1-800-238-HELP

EATING DISORDERS

A Chance to Heal – Although this non-profit has merged, it still maintains its website with useful information about eating disorders.

The Light Program -  a mental health Intensive Outpatient Program that treats adolescents and adults in crisis or struggling to function on a regular basis. Includes special programs for those struggling with eating disorders.  888-686-7511;  Locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida

EDUCATION AND SCHOOL SUPPORT

The Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation - a nonprofit scientific research and educational organization, providing people with a knowledge of their aptitudes to help them in making decisions about school and work. Testing centers located throughout the United States.

Parent Toolkit – provided by NBC Education Nation, this site helps parents track and support their children’s academic, physical, and social progress from pre-k through high school.

Respect Alliance – works collaboratively with parents to empower them with the tools necessary to better assist students in the home environment.

TeamChildren.org – provides low cost, high quality computers loaded with learning software. Located in Audubon, PA. Contact them regarding eligibility and availability. 610-666-1795, email: teamchildren@teamchildren.org

MEDIA AND INTERNET SAFETY

http://kidshealth.org (search the Parents’ section for information on cybersafety and cyberbullying)

Growing Up Online –  a free, unique and engaging online book on internet safety for parents and their  children.

www.netsmartz.org – good information for parents, kids and teens.

http://www.preventchildabusenc.org- tips and information to help families work together to deal with bullying

Cyber TipLine - if suspect cyberbullying or online predators, you can make a report online or call 1-800-843-5678.

http://kids.getnetwise.org – helps parents to decide what features they need to help kids safe and which programs offer those features.

Common Sense Media- provides trustworthy information, education, and tools to help parents choose the media their children consume.

Parenting Today’s Kids - Parenting at the intersection of technology and kids

What Your Teen is Doing on Social Media: The Guide -  created by Liahona Academy to help parents who feel overwhelmed by their children’s Internet lives, especially on social media. This comprehensive guide helps parents understand social networks, provides numerous resources to help protect children, and offers a starting point for talking with your children about their Internet usage.

PRE-TEENS/TEENS

Because I Love You – A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting parents with troubled children of any age. A parent to parent support group for parents who are challenged by their child’s behaviors. Website includes many helpful articles and links to find local chapters.

Blink of your Eye - Written by counselor professionals, this blog helps parents establish a realistic and manageable balance as they raise pre-adolescent children. This site provides useful information while celebrating the humor of this wonderfully tumultuous stage.

Kids Health – KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. You can search suicide, alcohol, teen pregnancy, drug use.

Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth- Adolescent and Family Services Unit is responsible for handling parent of guardian-referred youth who are beyond the control of his or her parent. An ungovernable child is an adolescent between the ages of 10 and 18 who has committed a specific act or acts of habitual disobedience of the reasonable and lawful commands of parents, guardians or custodians. Call for 610-278-5800

Parent’s Guide to Teen Depression – information about signs, symptoms, and affects of teen depression, and warning signs of teen suicide.

Planned Parenthood - includes tools for parents to discuss a variety of teen issues including puberty, sexuality, setting healthy limits, and parent-teen relationships

Radical Parenting - a website written by teenagers which addresses important issues in words that teens use and with examples that match teens experiences. This site can help parents to understand their children’s world and perspective.

Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide -an informative website started by two fathers who lost their children to suicide.

Your Teen Magazine - an online site that covers a wide-range of topics relevant to parents raising teens in today’s world.

FOR OTHER PARENTING SITUATIONS

ADOPTIVE PARENT RESOURCES

Parenting Services for Families - provide after adoption services including educational workshops and one-on-one support.  215-879-4030

Pearl S Buck International – offers a variety of comprehensive post-adoption services for adopted children and their families. All adopted children residing in the State of Pennsylvania are eligible for services at no cost once their adoption is legally completed. This includes children who were born in different states and even different countries. It can include families who have permanent legal custody of their children or families caring for their relative’s children. 215-249-0100

Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) – Supports county agencies and families in expediting permanency services. Helpline for families interested in adoption, call 800-585-SWAN.

Together As Adoptive Parents – provides list of support groups throughout the Philadelphia area.

FOR DIVORCED PARENTS

KidsFirst – for supervised visitations. 610-850-2349

Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement – services include locating non-custodial parents, establishing paternity, establishing, enforcing, and adjusting support orders, monitoring and distributing child support payments, and cooperating in interstate enforcement.

FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

Grandfacts - Across the United States, almost 7.8 million children are living in homes where grandparents or other relatives are the householders. Find statistics, links to local resources, and other helpful information.

FOR PARENTS OF MULTIPLES

BucksMont Mothers of Multiples

National Organization of Twins Club

FOR PARENTS OF GAY, LESBIAN, BI-SEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER CHILDREN

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG) - promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, education, and advocacy. Provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.
1828 L Street, Suite 660, Washington D.C. 20036, 202-467-8180

Planned Parenthood – addresses LGBT issues, keeping in mind the importance of the parent-child relationship

FOR TEENAGE PARENTS

Child, Home and Community – educates Bucks and Montgomery County pregnant teens and parents. Programs ensure healthy births, enhance family stability and promote self-sufficiency for teen parents and their children.  Offers childbirth classes, parent support groups and career development for teens and young adults, free of charge.
204 N. West Street, Suite 101, Doylestown, PA 18901, 215-348-9770

Educating Communities for Parenting- offers a variety of programs and services for children, youth, and teen parents.
919 Walnut Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107,215-496-9780

Focus on Motherhood - offered by Child, Home and Community, a comprehensive prenatal program for pregnant adolescents, other young women, fathers-to-be, and their families. Held at 9 locations in Bucks and Montgomery counties, including Abington Memorial Hospital.

Montgomery County Teen Parent Task Force – advocate for the needs and services of pregnant and parenting teens, to work toward reduction of teen pregnancy, and to empower teens to make healthy decisions.
610-327-5700, Ext. 3860

Turning Points for Children - a non-profit organization in Philadelphia offering Time Out for Teens and Tots, a parenting and support program for teen mothers and their children.  415 South Fifteenth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146; 215.875.8200

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