Resources for Parents and Caregivers
Parents of Children with Special Needs
When a parent learns their child has special needs and/or developmental delays, it can be hard to know where to start. However, there are resources and professionals available that can help you answer many of those seemingly monumental questions.
The NC Dept. of Health and Human Services has lots of information to help parents find the resources they need for their exceptional children. Visit the Division of Child Development and Early Education to learn more.
Keeping Young Children Safe at Home
Your children need love and attention in order to grow and succeed. They also need parents who take steps to ensure their safety both in and out of the family home.
Parents often worry about protecting their children from stranger abductions and violence, but many overlook one of the biggest threats to their children’s safety – their own home! Here are steps you can take to keep your child safe.
Things Parents Can Do to Boost Resilience in Kids
Parenting is hard work. Every parent or caregiver hopes that childhood and adolescence could be a carefree time in their kids’ lives. Unfortunately, this isn’t the reality for many children and teens. Kids without resilience are at risk for cognitive, emotional, physical, and social issues as they grow up.
Research shows that parents who get and stay involved with their kids early help to develop secure attachments, healthy emotion regulation, and good interpersonal skills. These tips are based on psychological research that has shown improvements for kids' development (Malhomes & King, 2012). Here are six vital things you can do to boost resilience in your kids.
Triple P Online Parenting Classes
Take your Parenting skills to the next level! Raising kids can be tough. You'd love some advice you can trust, but don't really have the time for a parenting class. Or perhaps the times don't suit you. Sounds like Triple P online is a perfect option to meet your needs!
HOW DOES TRIPLE-P ONLINE WORK?
The eight sessions are a lively mix of video clips, worksheets and activities. They only take around 30 minutes to an hour each. Plus, you can also sign up for podcasts, emails and text reminders. Click here to sign up.
NORTH CAROLINA INFANT TODDLER PROGRAM
You know your child best. If you have a child under age 3 who has a disability or you are concerned about his/her development, contact your Child Development Service Agency (CDSA) to make a referral and get an assessment/services. To refer your child in Durham, call the CDSA at 919-560-5600.
FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK OF NORTH CAROLINA
The Family Support Network connects families with children with disabilities with another family who has managed the same issues. Families benefit from the help and support that other families can provide and from information about their child's special needs and available resources. With this information, families can make informed decisions about services and support.
EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN'S ASSISTANCE CENTER
The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center is a private non-profit organization that is operated by and staffed primarily with parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs. ECAC is a private non-profit parent organization committed to improving the education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities.
Resources for Children With Special Needs
Welcome Baby strives to answer the many child development and infant care questions parents have during their children's first years. Welcome Baby provides Durham County residents with newborns and children to age five parenting education and support, including classes, car seats, clothing, and other material support.
Support & Information for Children Under Age Five
DURHAM COUNTY, NC PARKS AND RECREATION
Durham Parks and Recreation Department offer a variety of classes, special events, after-school programs, and camps all over Durham County. Click on the Play More guide to learn more about the opportunities and reduced fees/discounts/waivers.
DURHAM COUNTY, NC PUBLIC LIBRARY
Durham County’s Public Library offers more than just books, eBooks, videos, music and other materials to check out. Each library has a variety of free story times, classes, and activities for children of all ages and teens. Click on events on their website to learn more about what is available.
Activities to Nurture My Child’s Talents
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has great positive parenting tips and development information for all ages.
INFO ABOUT KIDS
InfoAboutKids.org is a new web-based clearinghouse created to disseminate the latest research and evidence-based guidance on raising a family and helping children. The site is designed for three major audiences (parents, educators and health professionals) and was funded by a grant from the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Division/APA Relations.