Resources For Families

Federal Government Sites

USA.gov

USA.gov
A one-stop, easy to use Web portal to all government online services.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

IDEA Website – Building the Legacy IDEA 2004
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSER)
OSERS is committed to the broad values of Inclusion, Equity and Opportunity for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults with disabilities to actively participate in all aspects of life. OSERS promotes inclusion, ensures equity and creates opportunity as we strive to improve results and outcomes for children and adults with disabilities.

National Organizations

The ARC of the United States
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Associaton of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
AUCD is a network of interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.

CDC

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability.

Division for Early Childhood (DEC)
DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Family Village

Family Village
Family Village is a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for people with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

Family Voices

Family Voices
A national grassroots network of families and friends advocating on behalf of children with special health care needs regarding health care reform on the state and federal level.

ITCA

IDEA Infant Toddler Coordinators Association
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Infant and Toddler Coordinators Association is organized as a not-for-profit corporation to promote mutual assistance, cooperation, and exchange of information and ideas in the administration of Part C and to provide support to state and territory Part C coordinators.

NORD

National Organization on Rare Disorders (NORD)
A unique federation of more than 140 not-for-profit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders and disabilities.

Technical Assistance

ECTA Center

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs to improve state early intervention and early childhood special education service systems, increase the implementation of effective practices, and enhance the outcomes of these programs for young children and their families. Their website includes information about The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and State Part C & 619

Social Emotional

CSEFEL

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

EDU

A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning
Edutopia published a curated list of resources for parents and other caregivers about fostering kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.

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Pyramid Consortium
The Pyramid Model Consortium exists to promote the high fidelity use of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children.

Parenting

National Father's Network

National Father's Network
Networking for fathers and families raising children with special needs.

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Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive — Families
Every family looks forward to seeing a child’s first smile, first step, and first words. Regular screenings with the support of early care and education providers help raise awareness of a child’s development, making it easier to celebrate milestones and identify possible development concerns as early as possible. With early and regular screening, you can make sure that your children get the support they need to succeed in school and thrive alongside their peers.

CDC

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)- Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
Parenting is hard work! But it can also be fun and rewarding. There are many things you can do to help build a safe, stable, and nurturing relationship with your child. This website will help you handle some common parenting challenges, so you can be a more confident parent and enjoy helping your child grow.

Outcomes

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Outcomes Measurement: Child Outcomes Summary Process
By the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

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Outcomes Measurement: Family Outcomes Measurement
By the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center

Leadership

Genetic Alliance

Genetic Alliance - Advocacy and Leadership Skills with Tips for Parents
Advocacy and Leadership skills with tips for parents.