Parent Education and Resources

  • The Family & Consumer Sciences Program offers educational opportunities and resources designed to help empower individuals and families to improve the quality of their lives, become competent consumers and build better communities. Prevention-focused programs will address the issues of human relationships and dependent care, housing and financial management, and nutrition and health. -

Parenting Classes

We offer a variety of parent education courses to support and enrich your skills as a parent. Our time may be precious but so are our children. No time invested in them will ever be wasted!


National Center for Missing Missing & Exploited Children
25 Ways to Make Kids Safer
http://www.childcarecounciloc.org/file_download/e3e3b7ef-2f4e-4fba-ac8b-fabec31a2229

New York State Child Abuse Hotline

Mandated Reporter
Phone: 1-800-635-1522
Mandated reporters are those people who have a job or are in a profession that makes them legally obligated to notify law enforcement or adult/child protective services about a known or suspected risk to children. Mandated reporters must report this information or face the loss of their jobs and professional licenses and/or even criminal and civil liability, i.e., child care providers (for a list of mandated reporters go to www.ocfs.state.ny.us)

Non-Mandated Reporter
Phone: 1-800-342-3720
A non-mandated reporter should report any suspected abuse but is not required by law to do this.

Links For Families

The Real Science of Immunizations
onlinenursepractitionerprograms.com is a website that focuses on nursing careers and educational information. They have compiled 100 websites that will give you the truth on vaccinations.
http://onlinenursepractitionerprograms.com/vaccine-immunization/

Orange County NY DD Connection
A Central Point of Information
The community's resource for news, information, activities, and events, pertaining to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, educators, providers, and the Orange County Community. Orange County Department of Mental Health's Developmental Disability Division is responsible for planning, development and coordination of services to support people of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families. www.orangecountynyddconnection.com

Early Childhood Direction Centers
http://www.myindependentliving.org/EN-Services/EarlyChildhoodDirectionCenter
ECDC is a regional clearinghouse providing information, referral and support to families, professionals, and community agencies concerned with young children birth to five who may have a special need. The agency provides unbiased information so that informed choices can be made about coordinated and sensible services.
www.myindependentliving.org (845) 565-1162

NYS Early Intervention Program
www.nyhealth.gov/community/infants_children/early_intervention
This 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.
Local Contact Info (845) 360-3360

The Daily Parent
www.childcareaware.org
A newsletter created by Child Care Aware, a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA). The Daily Parent offers the latest information on child development issues, tips for finding quality child care, and numerous resources for busy parents, as well as child care professionals.

Born Learning
www.bornlearning.org
Born Learning is an innovative public engagement campaign that helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality early learning opportunities for young children.

Parents Action
www.parentaction.org
Parents' Action for Children, a non-partisan organization founded by actor/director Rob Reiner, is mobilizing parents to stand up for policies that put children and families first.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
www.naeyc.org
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. It exists for the purpose of leading and consolidating the efforts of individuals and groups working to achieve healthy development and constructive education for all young children and is dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

American Academy of Pediatrics
www.aap.org
AAP, dedicated to the health of all children, is committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Their comprehensive website includes consumer information, health tips, articles on current research, advocacy information and activities and much more.

Child Health Plus
www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/chplus
New York State’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. Enrolling in Child Care Plus is easy.

Children & Nature Network
www.childrenandnature.org/
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.
* Download Nature Clubs for Families Toolkit here: www.childrenandnature.org/downloads/NCFF_toolkit.pdf

NYS Office of Children & Family Publications Links: Think About Child Care
http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/documents/docs.asp?document_type=4&category_number=3