Families and Parenting

Families come in all shapes and sizes, but at their core is the love and concern they share with one another. We offer these links to encourage, to enlighten and to spur you to be creative in the ways you help your child learn.

Organizations

Birth to Five

ChildCare Finder (Be sure to check the "Read Terms of Use" box)

La Leche League of Richmond - offers education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed.

Parents' Coalition for Literacy

Government Agencies

ChildStats.Gov - Official government statistics on children and families.

First Steps - Indiana's early intervention program for children birth to 3 years.

Indiana Adoption Initiative - download a "picture book" of children currently in the registry.  Information on the adoption process and legal issues.

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration - links to state children's and family services.

Wayne County Division of Family Resources - administers programs such as Child Welfare, Child Support, Child Development, Public Assistance, Food Stamps, IMPACT and Medicaid eligibility.

Parenting Resources

Indy's Child - parenting magazine for central Indiana.

Health, Safety and Nutrition

10 Tips for Parents to help their children avoid teen pregnancy

GetNetWise - Online safety guide, tools for families, and web sites for kids.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids

Healthy Habits for Safe Kids

Healthy Start, Grow Smart - Twelve booklets, each focused on one month in a baby's first year, by the U.S. Department of Education.

SafeKids.com - ideas and essays on teaching kids about personal safety and responsibility while using the Internet.

Consumer Tips

Child Passenger Safety - safety seat chart, information on purchasing, installing & using child safety seats.

Dr. Toy's Best Children's Products - helpful reviews for making informed choices on toys, games, software, books and more.

Toy Safety Tips - consumer tips and lists of potentially hazardous toys, provided by the Public Interest Research Group.

FCC Parents Information - information on filtering software, 900 number blocking, television V-chip, and cable set-top box locks.

Parent's Choice Awards - helpful reviews for making informed choices on toys, games, software, books and more.

Learning Fun

Games

Classic Games and Puzzles

Games Kids Play - instructions for lots of games you remember playing as a child.

Crafts & Projects

Craftster.org - craft ideas for kids and grownups, not just the same old crocheted doily patterns.

Federal Websites for Kids - sites built specifically for kids to explore and learn.

Garden Projects for Children

Play Dough - recipes for homemade versions.

Internet Resources

Discovery Kids- games, puzzles, etc.

Great Sites! - recommended by the nation's top librarians and sponsored by the American Library Association.

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood - offers both online and offline activities for pre-schoolers. Parent and caregiver tips.

Science and Geography

Bubblesphere - fun site with hand-on projects.  Great for summer activities and science fair ideas.

Help Your Child Learn Geography

Help Your Child... - Series - by the U.S. Department of Education.  These booklets may be ordered but are available free online.

Environmental Health Games

Science Fair Central

Science Fair Project Ideas

Science Toys You Can Make with Your Kids - How can kids resist having fun with science with projects like "Fun with High Voltage" and "The Plastic Hydrogen Bomb".

USDA for Kids - fun links for learning about agriculture, food and nutrition, forest service, conservation.

You and Your Science Fair Project

Travel and Exploration

Making Fishing Elementary: Tips for Fishing with Kids - by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Wayne County had 68,917 citizens.