Parent Resources

Parenting, Child Development and Advocacy

Nassau County Child Protective Services

24-hour Hotline 1-800-342-3720

Anybody can make a report of child abuse and/or neglect if he or she is suspicious that a child (0-18 years of age) is being neglected or abused. The report is kept confidential and the source can be anonymous if the reporter is not mandated by law to report. Child Protective Services is responsible for investigating all allegations of child abuse and neglect received by the Department from the New York Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, part of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

 

Children's Defense Fund

CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. It educates the nation on the needs of children with particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. 

 

Families and Work Institute

Dedicated to providing objective information on work-life issues and concerns confronting workers and employers in order to inform decision-makers in government, business, communities and families.

 

Long Island Immigrant Services

Resources for Immigrant Children & Families.  Also available to read in Spanish.  

 

National Association for the Education of Young Children

NAEYC is the nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade. 

 

Mom-Mentum

Mom-mentum addresses the needs of mothers through a network of programs that offer information and support, break the isolation of motherhood, advance maternal health and well-being, and recognize the importance of mothers in society.

 

National Parent Information Network

The mission of NPIN is to provide access to research-based information about the process of parenting. NPIN believes that well-informed families are likely to make good decisions about raising and educating their children.

 

Parenting Resource Network

An information and referral service for parents of children birth to five. A coalition of community and government agencies, libraries, hospitals, school districts, nursery schools and child care centers that provide education to parents of young children. 

 

Zero to Three

A  national organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities and to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers by advancing public knowledge, communicating research and best practices to a wide variety of audiences and providing training, technical assistance and leadership development.

 

Nutrition, Health & Safety Information & Medical Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - "Protect the Ones You Love"

In an effort to raise parents' awareness about how to prevent the leading causes of child injury in the US, the CDC launched the "Protect the Ones You Love" initiative. This link will teach you how parents can play a life-saving role in protecting children form injuries. The site covers burns, falls, road traffic injuries, drowning, poisoning and sports injuries.

 

Child Health Plus

New York's health insurance plan for uninsured children up to 18 years old, regardless of income or minority status. Benefits include well child care, immunizations, treatment of illness or injury, prescription drugs, dental care and more. 

 

Docs for Tots

Docs for Tots focuses on very young children and their families. It was formed in recognition of the importance, obligation, potential impact, and yet, lack of adequate numbers of active doctor advocates for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers on the national, state and local levels.

 

Fruits & Veggies - More Matters

Focuses on increasing both the awareness of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, and their consumption, in the United States.

 

Health & Welfare Council

HWCLI serves as an umbrella agency for public and voluntary agencies serving Long Island's poor and vulnerable. It provides consumer information and facilities for enrollment for Child Health Plus, Family Haelth Plus, SNAP benefits and post-9/11 services. 

 

HealthyChildren.org

A good resource for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues. 

 

Hunger Solutions New York

Learn more about how you can help reduce child hunger in New York.

 

Nutrition Resources

New York State Department of Health offers parents nutrition resources regarding dietary guidelines, guide to menu planning, preventing childhood obesity, tips for healthy cooking, feeding infants and much more.

 

Poison Help

Information about what you can do to prevent accidental poisoning. Program the Poison Help number into your cell phone - 1-800-222-1222

 

Product Safety Reporting Database (CPSC)

The SaferProducts site allows physicians, parents and others to report incidents involving consumer products that caused or could have caused harm. As reports are collated, they are made available online without identifying information so that pediatricians and families can search the database reports associated with specific products.

 

Up and Away and Out of Sight - Safe Medicine Storage

To keep children safe through proper medicine storage, this program educates parents and caregivers by reminding them about safe storage, providing them with information and tools and encouraging them to take action. Up and Away and Out of Sight is part of the PROJECT Initiative, in partnership with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Consumer Heath Products Association Educational Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

 

Children with Special Needs

Early Childhood Direction Center

The Long Island ECDC provides information to parents and professionals who are concerned about a child from birth - five years of age, with or at risk of learning disabilities. LI ECDC services are confidential and provided free of charge to residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

 

NYS Early Intervention Program

The EIP is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Their website includes a guide for parents, clinical practice guidelines, a checklist for signs that an infant or toddler might need extra help, NYS regulations, and much more.

  

Government Agencies

Nassau County Department of Social Services

NC DSS website includes a directory of services and contacts.  

 

New York State Department of Education

A directory of resources for parents from the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York.

 

New York State Office of Children and Family Services

This website of NYS OCFS offers child care regulations for all modalities of care, day care subsidy and emergency regulations as well as product recalls and much more.

 

US Department of State

The Department of State regulates Au Pair programs. Please review the link for regulations and related information.

 

For a list of additional Health & Human Service Agencies on Long Island, please visit the United Way of Long Island.

 

 

Updated February 2017

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