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Books, Articles and Websites for Parents

ASQ: Ages and Stages – for parents

The ASQ (Ages & Stages Questionnaires) provides reliable, accurate developmental and social-emotional screening for children between birth and age 6. Drawing on parents’ expert knowledge, ASQ has been specifically designed to pinpoint developmental progress and catch delays in young children—paving the way for meaningful next steps in learning, intervention, or monitoring. This website has information for parents as well as program administrators, home visitors and pediatricians.

ASQ: Ages and Stages – resource library

The ASQ resource library has more than 300 tip sheets, videos and activities for parents and professionals.

American Psychological Association: Parenting

Parenting practices around the world share three major goals: ensuring children’s health and safety, preparing children for life as productive adults and transmitting cultural values. A high-quality parent-child relationship is critical for healthy development.

CDC: Child Development

This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on child development, developmental milestones, developmental screening, brain development and more.

CDC: Positive Parenting Tips

This website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help you learn more about your child’s development, positive parenting, safety and health at each stage of your child’s life.

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

The Center drives science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. This website includes substantial information on early childhood development, brain architecture, parent-child interactive communications (“serve and return”), toxic stress, executive function and self-regulation, and resilience.

Child Development Institute

The Child Development Institute is a “go to” site for parents for information, products and services related to child development, psychology, health, parenting, learning, media, entertainment, family activities as well as to connect with other parents, professional experts organizations and other useful websites.

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Child Mind Institute

An independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders. (Also in Spanish.)

CNN: Parenting

Family, children and school stories, trends, analysis and advice.

Healthy Children

This is a comprehensive website for parents created by the American Academy of Pediatrics. There is a wealth of information on child development (“ages and stages”) healthy living, safety and prevention, family life and health issues as well as news, tips and tools. (Full companion site available in Spanish)

Integrated Learning Strategies

A robust website for child development and learning, with articles, activities and worksheets.

Mind in the Making

Mind in the Making shares the science of children’s learning through innovative in-depth training and materials geared for action (Learning Modules, Skill-Building Opportunities and Book Tips), which serve professionals and caregivers in building executive function-based life skills within children and families together.

Parenting Center from WebMD

Doctor-approved information to keep you and your family healthy and happy. Pregnancy & Baby Bulletin; Parenting & Children’s Health.


Discover tips & advice on better parenting, relationships, adoption, pets, money, work, family dynamics & more from the editors of Parents magazine.

Postpartum Support Center

If you are in need of free Maternal Mental Health Services (if you believe you might have postpartum depression or other mental health challenges during your pregnancy and within the first 3 years postpartum) contact the Postpartum Support Center’s warm line (call or text) 415-320-6707 or email, or go to to get more information. 
If you are in need of free postpartum supplies, diapers, wipes, formula, strollers, bassinets, or any other baby gear, clothes and toys, contact Postpartum Support Center at or visit Marin Diaper Bank page to fill out the request form for needed supplies. 

Psychology Today: Child Development

The process of child development includes everything from sensory awareness and fine motor skills to language and socialization. The progress of development is strongly influenced by a child’s genetic makeup, environment, and cognitive skills. This website offers articles on a wide range of related topics and issues.

Psychology Today: Parenting

The National Academy of Sciences delineates four major responsibilities for parents: maintaining children’s health and safety, promoting their emotional well-being, instilling social skills, and preparing children intellectually. Parents may find the Four C’s to be a helpful acronym: care (showing acceptance and affection), consistency (maintaining a stable environment), choices (allowing the child to develop autonomy), and consequences (applying repercussions of choices, whether positive or negative).

Supporting Families: Young Children Violence From Zero to Three

These resources can help guide parents and professionals as they cope with these events themselves, and serve as a buffer for young children.

TedTalks: Ideas on Parenting

A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Parenting.

The New York Times – section on Parenting

This link has published articles on fertility issues, pregnancy, infants, toddlers and older children plus parenting guides

The Washington Post – section on Parenting

Conversations about modern parenting’s challenges, delights and shared experiences, delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Today’s Parent – toddler

Everything you need to know about your growing toddler, from picky eating to potty training, navigating bedtime to managing tantrums.

Zero to Three Parenting

The information and tools offered are designed to support parents in developing their own ways to promote their children’s growth and development.


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CDC Milestones & Tracking App – English

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a checklist for parents, pediatricians, caregivers and teachers to utilize in monitoring and tracking a…

The Backpack
 Connection Series: Behaviors

The Backpack Connection Series was created by Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI) to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work…