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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


The Council is seeking parents interested in forming a Parent Support Group . Our goal is to give parents a place to discuss issues they are facing in child care and discuss solutions. Contact us at 294-4012 ext 226

We are also starting a Parent Resource Center . Please contact the Child Care Council of Orange County, NY at 845 294-4012 if you are interested in assisting us with this project.


Parents are invited free of charge to Council featured trainings for child care providers. Parents need to call and sign up for the workshops they would like to attend. CPR/FA, CDA, Healthy and Safety and MAT are excluded from this offer.

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. http://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

Family Central Family Central is an all-volunteer, non-profit Parenting Support Network for parents and care-givers of children from birth through adolescence. Our grassroots movement based in Warwick, NY provides parenting information, resources, and workshops that address the developmental needs of children and the many challenges today’s families face. In working with the broader community we address the concerns that families raise, present the latest research on healthy child development, and identify what we can do together to strengthen and promote family wellness.

NYS Early Intervention Program http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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 http://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: http://www.childrenandnature.org/downloads/NCFF_toolkit.pdfNYS Office of Children & Family Publications Links: Think About Child Care http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/documents/docs.asp?document_type=4&category_number=3