Parent Resources

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.

Student – Parents at the University of Illinois is a platform for identifying resources, locating policies, learning about programs and connecting to peers.

Just In Time Parenting:  Free, Non-commercial Monthly Email Newsletter for Parents—Birth to 5 Years

Are you looking for reliable information about parenting?  Just in Time Parenting is a free, monthly email newsletter timed to your child’s age.  You will get specific information as she grows and changes.  Parents have told us that knowing what to expect as their child changes each month is very helpful.  You can find answers to questions like:  What should I do about crying?  When do babies sleep through the night?  Should my child be crawling?  When should I start solid food?  The newsletter is commercial-free, no links to toys or products.  It was created by parenting experts and the University of Illinois and other universities.

Grandparents Raising Children

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.

Teen Parenting

IDHS’s Teen Parent Services Program has helpful information for teen parents to get education and training so they can support their families.

  • What special qualities are needed to care for children of teen parents?
  • What’s best for establishing connections with the family?
  • What about the “should’s” and “ought’s”?
  • How do I set limits?

Parenting Links

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.

Child Care Aware

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 parents find a Resource and Referral agency in a different state.

Children’s Organizations

Family Life Resource Links

Home Schooling Resources

Infant and Toddler Resources

School-Age Care Resources

Sprout Therapy: Parents’ Guide: So Your Child Has Been Diagnosed With Autism…

  • A guide to support parents who have a child recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This free resource serves to educate parents and caretakers of neurodivergent children on all aspects of ASD to give them a better understanding of what it means for their child, for their family, and how to move forward.