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There are many websites with valuable information that can help parents from all walks of life through the many stages of child rearing. A description of the variety that can be found follows below.
Parenting Again, a newsletter from the University of Illinois Extension office, is focused on grandparents raising their grandchildren. The archives hold thiry-one past issues with helpful information on topics ranging from "What Grandparents Say about raising their Grandchildren", "I just want to be a Grandma", to "Finding the Support you Need".
The Illinois Department of Aging has a task force for "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Illinois" to assist older adult caregivers in their efforts to provide quality care for their family's children. Starting Points for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is a resource guide with information and services for Grandparent Caregivers.
Financial assistance may be available to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren through the State of Illinois "Child Only Grant" - TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families).
For other resources for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren from the State of Illinois, visit the IL Department of Aging website.
Providing Child Care for the Teen Parent has some basic guidelines for providing care for children of teen parents.
Parenting 24/7, a new University of Illinois Extension website, is geared toward meeting the needs of today's families while "raising children and managing family life". Information is easy to find segmented into the different stages of childhood for Infants (0 to 1 yr), Preschoolers (2 yrs to 5yrs), School Age (6 yrs to 12 yrs) and Teens (13 yrs to 18 yrs).
New parents can subscribe free to Web newsletters that will follow their child's development for the first three years of life. "They can access the first issue when the baby arrives, and they'll receive information applicable to each new stage in their child's life as the baby grows," said Ebata, a U of I associate professor of human and community development.
Parents can find valuable information on child development issues, tips for finding quality child care, and other resources for busy parents in the Daily Parent newsletter. This newsletter is produced by NACCRRA on a regular basis, and is funded by the Citigroup Foundation. The newsletter is provided in PDF format
Child Care Aware is a national initiative to ensure that every parent has access to good information about finding quality child care and resources in their community. Toll free line (1-800-424-2246) can help parent find a Resource and Referral agency in a different state.
for the Future of Children
Children's Defense Fund
Children's Partnership Online
Families and Work Institute
I Am Your Child
Kids Count--Annie E. Casey Foundation
Voices for Illinois Children
Family Education Week
Illinois Early Learning
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
The National Parenting Information Center
Pampers Parenting Institute
PBS Parents - Early Learning
Positive Parenting Online