Parent Resources

Child Care

Child Care Connection – A program of Family Services of Central Massachusetts, provides child care resources and referrals.

Department of Early Education & Care – Effective July 1, 2005, the new Department of Early Exucation and Care (EEC combines the functions of the Office of Child Care Services (OCCS) with those of the Early Larning Services Division at the Department of Education.

Drug Abuse & Suicide Prevention

The Anti-Drug Page – The office of National Drug Control Policy wants to show you how honesty, love and communication between parents and kids can deter drug use better than prisons, police or politicians. The MA Crisis Hotlines page provides information to assist families who are dealing with mental health issues and suicide prevention.

Bullying & Substance Abuse: Who it Affects and Why   – A resource to help understand the effects of bullying.

Internet Safety

Children’s Partnership – A comprehensive look at the information superhighway and what parents should know.

Cybertip Line – Sponsored by the National Center for Missing and Expoited Children. Use this site to report child abuse of any sort. This can be used to report illegal web sites containing obscenity and child pornography.

Get Net Wise – The Internet offers kids many opportunities for learning, constructive entertainment, and personal growth. At the same time, parents are concerned about the risks kids face online. The challenge for parents is to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. GetNetWise can help. – Family guide to making the Internet and technology fun, safe and productive.

Green Resources

Green Hour – The National Wildlife Federation recommends that parents give their kids a “Green Hour” every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world. At this site, families can learn, explore, and share their outdoor experiences and backyard adventures.