Resources for Parents/Caregivers

Child Development


Delighting in Writing - Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL)
Description: When young children are given opportunities, they can actively construct meaningful pictures and stories using written symbols.


Other Resources

As a child grows they achieve different milestones along the way. The Center for Disease Control has put together milestone checklists for the following ages:
2 months
4 months
6 months
9 months
1 year
18 months
2 years
3 years
4 years
5 years
Zero to Three: Parent guides and tip sheets for your child’s developmen


Parenting the First Year:
You can use the  newsletter series to find out from child development experts how your baby changes during each month of the first year.
Parenting the Second and Third Years:
In this set of 12 newsletters, find out from child development experts how your toddler changes during each two months of the second and third years.
Click here to access all of UW-Extension’s parenting newsletters and other parenting resources


Better Kid Care: Provides parents with tips, activities and lunch/snack ideas for children.
AEHBParents  -Active Early and Healthy Bites
The Wisconsin Immunization Registry: Their website allows parents to retrieve their child’s immunization record.
Home Visitors can assist parents to use the site by following these instructions: “In the Public Immunization Record Access section you will find a blue ‘Public Immunization Record Access’ hyperlink. When you click on the hyperlink a screen will appear that will require you to enter a first name, last name, birth date and either a Social Security or Medicaid number. If your immunization provider is using the registry and has entered your child’s Social Security number or Medicaid ID, you will be able to access their record. If you receive a message stating that one of these numbers are not entered into the system. You will have to contact your health care provider to have them enter that data for you. Your health care provider does need approval from you to enter the social security number into the system.”  Thomas R. Maerz, Manager – Wisconsin Immunization Registry
Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: Takes a comprehensive look at potential physical health outcomes of adverse childhood experiences on us, as adults.

Home Visiting


Home Visiting  – A Closer Look. PEW Charitable trusts. What the benefits of home visiting are from a parents perspective.


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): Rituals and Routines: Supporting Infants and Toddlers and Their Families.
The Parenting Network: Parenting tips and helpful information.
National Fatherhood Initiative: Many resources for fathers and for working with fathers.
Want Happier Kids? Cuddle More, Yahoo Parenting
Abusive Head Trauma: How to Protect Your Baby, HealthyChildren.Org
The Difference Between Tantrums and Sensory Meltdowns, Understood
The Neuroscience of Calming a Baby, Psychology Today
Getting attached: Parental attachment and child development, Brookings
The scientific evidence against spanking, timeouts, and sleep training, Quartz
Forbes: Can We Stop A Traumatized Child From Becoming A Traumatized Adult?
City Moms Blog: Cry Me a River: The Period of PURPLE Crying
Penn State: Helping parents understand infant sleep patterns
In the Playroom: Helping Your Child’s Speech and Language
Desert News - National : How raising kids within routines boosts social and emotional health
The Atlantic: How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain


Women’sHealth.Org: Overcoming breastfeeding challenges
PurpleCrying: The Period of PURPLE Crying Program
Hospital for Sick Children: Why is it important to Comfort your child?


Postpartum Support International: Facts, resources, and support for women dealing with postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.



Pregnancy Help.
About the YWCA Nurse-Family Partnership program of Metropolitan Dallas. Hear from women who participated in the program and nurses themselves who work in the program. For information on the Nurse-Family Partnership in WI, click here.


Expecting a baby! Our Preparing to Parent newsletters cover each trimester of pregnancy and help you prepare for birth and beyond. 

Safe Sleep Guidlines

Safe Sleep for Your Baby: Guidelines from the City of Milwaukee Health Department

Social/ Emotional Development             

Head Start Newsletter -Addresses social emotional development as a foundation for school readiness.
The Center on Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL): Their website has handouts on challenging behaviors. The center develops evidence-based, user friendly information to help educators and parents meet the social emotional needs of children. Briefs are available in Spanish and English.

Tweens and Teens Check out this free University sponsored online community for parents of kids ages 10-16. It’s a parenting website, blog and social network all in one place. Gain new insights as you connect with other parents.

Addiction/Substance Abuse

Websites A resource created for finding recovery programs and support groups.


The Recovery of Hope: This video helps women explore the ramifications of their substance abuse during pregnancy, as women share their personal stories.

Additional Resources

Free Membership at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: Check out the website to learn more about this great opportunity and to find out if  you and your familiy qualifies