Oregon PIRC

Links for Parents

The following hand-picked links to online resources can help Oregon parents in a variety of educational and child development areas:

Note: Oregon PIRC does not control or guarantee the content or accuracy of the sites above

Birth to Eight Years

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Search the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database for documents and articles concerning infants and toddlers.

I Am Your Child
I Am Your Child has information on recent brain research and child development.

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Child Care

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care (NRC)
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most up-to-date and useful information to parents seeking child care, child care professionals, and child care advocates.

National Child Care Information Center
The National Child Care Information provides important links for child care and parents.

National Network for Child Care (NNCC)
The NNCC Web site includes information on Child Development, Quality Child Care, School-Age Care, and topics relevant to child care.

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Education and Family Involvement

All Reviewed Children's Books
Children's literature, reviewed.

Bridges Between Home and School: Literacy Building Activities for Non Native English Speaking Homes
Effective strategies and activities for promoting literacy in the home. 1994.

The Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement
CIERA's mission is to improve the reading achievement of America's children.

Connect For Kids
An information/action resource for anyone who cares about children.

Education Week on the Web
Education Week on the Web is designed for those interested in education reform, schools, and the policies that guide them.

Family Village: A global community of Disability-Related Resources
We are a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE)
Offers a wide variety of teaching and learning resources including historical documents, scientific experiments, mathematical challenges, famous art, and other tools for teachers & students.

Helping Your Child with Homework
The site provides resources as well as a checklist for helping your child with homework. It also provides information on The National Education Goals.

Model Strategies in Bilingual Education: Family Literacy and Parent Involvement
U.S. Department of Education report profiles nine exemplary parent involvement and family literacy programs serving parents of students with limited English proficiency (LEP).

National Center for Family Literacy
A national nonprofit organization that specializes in training and technical assistance for family literacy practitioners and advocates throughout the country.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
NCELA site provides information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S.

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

Oregon Department of Education
This state government branch oversees all educational services in the state and implements federal policy at the state level.

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Fun Things to Do With Kids

A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village
A.C. Gilbert's Discovery Village, Oregon's youth museum, was founded and operates with the philosophy espouses that -"Learning should be fun."

Cool Science for Curious Kids
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute invites curious kids to explore biology... on screen, off screen, and in between.

OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's Web site offers user-friendly experiences for families that demonstrate that science is a part of our daily lives.

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Health and Safety

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics site has important health related information for parents.

National Early Childhood Technical Assistance System (NECTAS)
Makes available responsive and comprehensive early developmental, health, and social services to all young children with disabilities and other special needs, and their families.

Multnomah County Health Department
The Multnomah County Health Department Web site has health education and other information which can be useful regardless of county of residence.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Information Center
This Web site is a clearinghouse for information and resources on maternal and child health, community health, and access to health care services. Information can be ordered by toll-free telephone or online. Some materials are downloadable.

The Police Notebook
Tips for parents and youth about safety on the Internet.

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The Children's Defense Fund
Paying particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children, and those with disabilities, CDF exists to provide a strong and effective voice for all children.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children
NAEYC provides resources and information for parents who want to ensure their children receive the best possible care and education.

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Special Needs

Oregon Parent Training and Information Center
The PTI is the statewide parent training and information center serving parents of children with disabilities ages birth to 26. They offer a lending library of videos and books, training on a variety of topics related to children with disabilities, IEP Partner training and matching, information and referral, a Special Education Help-Line, a monthly E-mail list of trainings in Oregon, a statewide conference, and a bimonthly newsletter.

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
Chapter three on Children's mental health and would be of particular interest to parents and professionals who work with children.

Oregon State Learning Disabilities Resources
LD On-Line is an interactive guide to resources for children with learning disabilities.

Research and Training Center at Portland State University
The Center's research and training activities focus on improving services to children and youth who have mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.

The Jean Baton Swindells Resource Center for Children and Families
This resource center connects families, caregivers and friends of children with disabilities to resources, information and training. They offer resources specific to disabilities and conditions, as well as information on respite options, recreation, educational options and other day-to-day issues.

Children's Vision Foundation
Their mission is to promote public awareness of learning difficulties related to vision problems in children.

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