Parenting Resources

The Parenting Resources for the 21st Century online guide is an initiative of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (the Council). As part of their ongoing efforts to promote a national agenda for children, foster positive youth development, and reduce violence and serious delinquency, the Council's nine participating Federal agencies and offices-the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Labor; the Immigration and Naturalization Service- the Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Corporation for National Service; and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-have joined forces to create this Web site. The site provides parents and other adults responsible for the care of a child with access to the information they need to meet the challenges of parenting today.

Parenting Resources covers the full spectrum of parenting from locating child care for a newborn to getting treatment for a youth who may be abusing drugs to finding information on college scholarships for a child graduating from high school. The site links users to material on a variety of topics, such as infant development, organized sports, domestic violence, the Family and Medical Leave Act, nutrition, volunteer activities, learning disabilities, and mental health. The site also informs users of recent research and statistics, new books and other publications, up coming conferences, and other valuable resources. The site's eight pages, each linked to useful Web sites and other resources related to parenting, are described below.

Parenting Resources

Child and Youth Development The Child and Youth Development page directs users to information on child and youth development from birth to young adulthood. It includes three sub pages- Developmental Phases, Gender Issues, and Resources.

Child Care and Education The Child Care and Education page directs users to information about child care and education. It guides users to helpful information about a variety of topics, including care and developmentally appropriate practices for very young children, elementary education, literacy, and standardized testing.

Family Concerns The Family Concerns page focuses on serious parenting concerns-such as eating disorders, underage drinking, gang activity, and sexual exploitation. It includes 16 subpages, each linked to Web sites related to family concerns.

Family Dynamics The Family Dynamics Page directs users to information on how family members relate to and interact with one another. Specific topics addressed on the page include different types of family relationships (e.g., single-parent, two-parent, and multigenerational families), special circumstances (e.g., the incarceration of a family member), and work and family issues (e.g., alternative work schedules and child care).

Health and Safety To address a wide array of issues, the Health and Safety page includes six subpages: Child Health, Child Safety, Family Health, Family Safety, Special Circumstances, and Resources.

Out-of -School Activities The Out-of-School Activities page focuses on activities for children and adolescents when they are not in school. The page includes 10 subpages that offer links to information about a wide range of activities both at home and in the community, including sports, camps, art programs, and employment.

Resources This page directs users to more general resources. The Resources page includes four subpages: For Parents, For Youth, Funding, and Publications, each linked to Web sites and other resources.

What's New This page provides information about recent developments, research, publications, and events related to parenting. Current information of interest to children and young adults may also appear on this page, along with information on upcoming conferences, seminars, and other events.


For those without online access, the following list provides examples of contact information for federally sponsored clearinghouses featured on the Parenting Resources Web site.

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (JJC) P.O. Box 6000 Rockville, MD 20850 800-638-8736 301-519-5600 (fax) Internet:
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, JJC disseminates a variety of youth-focused publications. Parents and other interested persons may order publications by phone, e-mail, or fax. Fact Sheets and other short publications are available from JJC via fax-on-demand by calling 800-638-8736, selecting option 1 for automated ordering, and selecting option 2 for fax-on-demand instructions.

National Maternal and Child Health Clearinghouse (NMCHC) 2070 Chain Bridge Road Suite 450 Vienna VA 22182 703-356-1964 888-434-4624 (toll-free) 703-821-2098 (fax) Internet:
The Clearinghouse is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Maternal and Child Health Bureau, a branch of the Health Resources and Services Administration. An integral part of the Clearinghouse, the National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Resource Center produces and disseminates educational materials on SIDS to parents, families, medical practitioners, and legal professionals.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) P.O. Box 2345 Rockville, MD 20847-2345 800-729-6686 877-767-8432 (toll-free, Spanish) 301-468-6433 (fax) Internet:
NCADI is an information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCADI's Information Services Department is equipped to respond to public inquiries on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs via telephone, e-mail, voice mail, postal mail, TTY, and fax. NCADI distributes materials-such as fact sheets, brochures, pamphlets, monographs, posters, and videotapes free or at low cost. Resources are tailored for use by parents, teachers, youth, communities, and prevention/treatment professionals.

National Parent Information Network (NPIN) ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Children's Research Center 51 Gerty Drive Champaign,. IL 61820-7469 217-333-1386 800-583-4135 (voice/TTY) 217-333-3767 (fax)  Internet:
NPIN, sponsored by two clearinghouses within the U.S. Department of Education's Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) system, provides information to parents and those who work with parents and fosters the exchange of materials relating to parenting and education. Special resources available through NPIN include the Ask ERIC question-answering service and an electronic discussion group), PARENTING-L.


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