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National Parent Helpline
1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736)
Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It???s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline?? to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.

Learn the Signs. Act Early
It's time to change how we view a child's growth.
Do you know all the ways you should measure your child?s growth? We naturally think of height and weight, but from birth to 5 years, your child should reach milestones in how he plays, learns, speaks and acts. CDC estimates 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Track your child?s development and act early if you have a concern.

CafeMom: A Guide to Autism
CafeMom has created a collection of interviews with moms of autistic children to give a real-world look into what they have learned, recommendations on valuable resources and advice for other parents.

Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. We are a national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

Wonder Years
Free, downloadable, online publications from the Michigan Early Intervention system, covering developmental milestones, news and parent resource information for the age of birth to 5.

Parent as Teachers
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.

Bright Futures for Families
Bright Futures for Families is a national initiative for families and communities to promote and improve the health and well-being of children of all ages. We offer resources for families based on the award winning, federally supported Bright Futures initiative, developed through the support of public health, non-profit, and corporate organizations.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
See parent and professional resources and publications.

Young Children
Young Children is the peer-reviewed journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This area contains an archive of selected articles and columns that were published in Young Children or exclusively online.

NEXT for Young Children
Early childhood programs involved in the NAEYC accreditation process frequently use these articles in newsletters to help families and others learn more about giving children a great start.