Resource Directory


Child Development  Parenting Education


Breastfeeding Support Car Seat Information • Child Care InformationParenting Support GroupsPostpartum Information and Support  • Sleep Coaching


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


Activities and Before/After School Programs • Bullying
Drug and Alcohol Prevention/Resources Education and School Support  
Media and Internet Safety  Teens


Adoptive Parents Resources • For Divorced Parents For Fathers For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren For Military Families For Parents of Multiples •
For Parents of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transsexual Children •
For Teenage Parents 


General Information • Testing 

Additional Information on Specific Issues:

ADHD • Autism • Cerebral PalsyLearning Disabilities • Mental Health/ Behavior Problems

Direct Services and Therapies:

Art Therapy • Physical/Occupational/Speech/Equestrian Therapy • Learning Disabilities Services • Mental Health and Behavioral Problem Support • Social Skills Services • Summer ProgramsEducation and School Advocacy • Support Groups




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





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

CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early – a free app that gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with their healthcare provider. Geared to parents of children ages 2 months through 5 years.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia– immunization web page.– 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.– a website with tips and information about parenting that is strength-based and focusing on what is right about kids and parents.– a website with general information about parenting and child development for infants through teens

See Me and Liz – a site filled with practical advice to encourage language and learning through play

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.


Boys Alive – holds a free monthly webinar with parenting experts and Q&A sessions in which you can learn about the different ways boys approach learning, communicating, and responding to the world.

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.
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

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

Juvenile Justice Center 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

Teach through Love – provides practical information, support, and tools to help parents reduce anger and frustration and increase cooperation and connection with their children. Includes free articles, online classes, support groups, and private sessions. Also offers training to become a Certified Parenting Educator. 1-844-279-0118

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



Parenting Online

Putting Kids First

Texas A&M Child Care Training Course

The Parenting Center


Center for Divorce Education

Family Affairs


Putting Kids First

Up to Parents

Florida State University Co-parenting after Divorce


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.



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.

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


CCIS -Child Care Information Services for Pennsylvania
Resource and Referral and Subsidized Child Care, 800-281-1116 – provides list of programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


Baby Talk and Baby Steps – a variety of facilitated discussion groups and parent/child activities offered through Abington – Jefferson Health for parents of newborn – 18 months of age.

By My Side Parenting – located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia, this non-profit organization offers programs to support families on their parenting journey including baby groups, playgroups, and music classes.


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

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

Postpartum Depression – a community website where new parents can gain valuable information and learn from the stories of other women and men who have experienced PPD.

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

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 sources of support.
1062 Lancaster Avenue, Suite 2, Rosemont, PA 19010, 610-525-7527

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


Melissa Doman Sleep Consulting – offers a variety of packages, including in-home consultations, to help children get a good night’s sleep.

SleepyBug – offers workshops, seminars and private sleep consultations.



ACT (Abington Community Task Force) – includes a list of activities for young children through teens in the Abington, PA area.

Abington Township Public Library – offers a large number of programs for children and their caregivers

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 Poppins– online resource for family fun filled with unusual and interesting suggestions.

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

50 Great Places to Take Kids Within 50 Miles of Philadelphia


BuxMont Mom-entum– 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 – offers a variety of programs for parents of young children. 1201 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA 19047 215-710-5976


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. – an online resource with guides, news, and recall information to help you keep your infants and children safe.

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.

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.


Abington Health 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




ACT (Abington Community Task Force) – includes a list of activities for young children through teens in the Abington, PA area.

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 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. (search the Parents’ section for information on bullying) – practical, parent and kid friendly advice. – targeted to adults to help reduce bullying in children’s lives. – tips and information to help families work together to deal with bullying. – a teen-oriented site from the National Bullying Prevention Center.


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. – 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.

On the Wagon – founded by students, The National Organization of Students Against Substance Abuse provides information to help create a drug and alcohol free environment for students and society as a whole, and to get them back on the wagon. Includes a real facts about drugs guide.

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.

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


Beyond Book Smart – includes great articles on how executive function works and what parents can do to help develop their children’s executive functioning abilities.

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine – a free online database of college scholarships. Learn about opportunities without supplying personal information.

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

Understood – 15 nonprofit organizations combined to support parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. Includes state-of-the-art technology, personalized resources, free daily access to experts, a secure online community, practical tips and more.

MEDIA AND INTERNET SAFETY (search the Parents’ section for information on cybersafety and cyberbullying) – good information for parents, kids and teens.

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

Chat Slang – includes an up-to-date list of the most important acronyms, abbreviations, and slang kids use online that parents should know about.

Common Sense Media- provides trustworthy information, education, and tools to help parents choose the media their children consume.– a kid-safe search engine that blocks adult websites and words.

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.


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

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.



Adoption from the Heart – organization provides an online learning center and in-person support groups and parenting classes.

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

Pearl S Buck International – offers adoptive families opportunities to explore cultural heritage with a variety of programs and events aimed at building awareness and an understanding of cultural diversity. 215-249-0100

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


Mindful Co-Parenting Guide – created by Custody X Change, a co-parenting scheduling software solution, this guide offers an overview of issues that divorcing parents may face, along with suggestions for handling them.

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.

Splitopia, Happily Ever, After Divorce – a resource offering advice and guidance to help parents make positive, productive choices as they go through divorce and co-parenting.


Center for Divorce Education

Family Affairs


Putting Kids First

Up to Parents


Better Dads – a non-profit fathering skills organization dedicated to helping people in the community by offering education in areas such as fathering, parenting, mentoring boys, single moms raising boys, healthy masculinity, and family relationships.

Carson Valley Children’s Aid Society – The Norristown Family Center of Carson Valley Children’s Aid (CVCA) provides a weekly father’s program on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. There is no cost to fathers and includes a light dinner. Free onsite childcare can be offered to preregistered young children. In addition, CVCA provides over 29 programs to support children, youth and families in the greater Philadelphia area. To register or find more information about the fatherhood program, please contact Julie O’Connor at 610-279-2755 ext. 372 or fatherhood program facilitator, Michael Flott at 610-279-2755 ext. 778.

Kinds Hearts – provides programs to help fathers maintain healthy connections with their children, including Dadvocates.

The Fatherhood Empowerment Center provides a wide range of fatherhood skill-building training, including “24/7 Dad” designed for all men, “Inside Out Dad” for incarcerated fathers at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, and “Understanding Dad” for mothers to improve relationships with fathers, for the sake of their children.
The Fatherhood Empowerment Center is part of Montgomery County Community Action Development Commission. 113 East Main Street, Norristown PA 19401 For more information, contact Kevin Bone, Director, Fatherhood Empowerment. He can be reached by phone 610-277-6363, ext. 167 office or 610-416-9559 cell or email:

I-Can Dads – a program dedicated to encouraging and empowering dads to be the men and fathers they were always meant to be. Questions? Contact
I-Can Dads offers a Father’s Program held on Wednesday nights at Carson Valley Children’s Aid Center in Norristown, PA from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. To register or find more information about the fatherhood program, please contact Julie O’Connor at 610-279-2755 ext. 372 or fatherhood program facilitator, Michael Flott at 610-279-2755 ext. 778.

National Center for Fathering – a nonprofit educational organization, offers a number of father-friendly resources to help fathers and father figures to be actively engaged in the life of every child.

National Fatherhood Initiative – a national non-profit organization, provides resources to community groups and to fathers to increase fathers’ intentional and proactive engagement in their children’s lives.

Pottstown Family Services – a non-profit serving children, seniors, and families. Three programs which may be of greatest interest to fathers are:

    Parents As Teachers Home Visitation – This free program is available to parents of children newborn through six years of age who live in Pottstown and the neighboring vicinity. Parenting educators will come to your home to support and assist you in understanding your child’s development and provide activities to promote and encourage healthy growth in your child’s language, cognition, motor, and social-emotional skills. For more information, contact Eve Bieber at or 610-326-1610 X341.

    Parent Education Workshops – These free classes are available to Pottstown residents. Along with other members of the community, learn more about your parenting style and how to respond more positively to your children. All of the courses use proven curriculum to teach parent education. For more information, contact Oglatha S. P. Ingram at or 610-326-1610 X347.

    The PEAK (Pottstown Early Action for Kindergarten Readiness) – Working with with the Pottstown School District, PEAK is a collaboration that helps children to enter kindergarten ready to learn and engages Pottstown’s families. Also available are resources to guide parents in working with their children as their first teachers. For more information, contact Leslie Stillings at or 610-326-1610 X333.

FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN – 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.


Military OneSource – a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost including deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more.


BucksMont Mothers of Multiples

Multiples of America


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


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 (CHC), a comprehensive prenatal program for pregnant adolescents, other young women, fathers-to-be, and their families. Held at Abington Health. Check with CHC for other locations.

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

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