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Health and Safety Information

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Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. Your baby’s health and safety is the biggest responsibility you’ll face as a parent. From immunizations to doctor visits to treating tummies, learn how to prepare for any aches and pains that lie ahead. These helpful links and images from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focus on children ages zero to three and will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life.

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Diseases & Conditions

When your baby is sick you want answers. Find out what you need to know about common childhood diseases and conditions. The links on this page will help you learn about diseases and conditions that could affect your child. If you don’t find what you are looking for, browse all parent topics or view CDC’s A to Z index for a more detailed list of topics.

AutismBirth DefectsCommon ColdEar InfectionFluGroup B StrepJaundicePrenatal Infections …More

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Safety in the Home & Community

Keeping your baby safe is your number one concern. Get expert tips on how to keep your child safe in your home and community. You play an important role in keeping your child safe — no matter how old he or she is. The links below provide information and tools to help protect your baby and toddler from injuries and violence.

Child Passenger SafetyMedicine SafetySafety in Your HomeSudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)Vaccine Safety …More

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Raising Healthy Children

 This section provides you with information that will be helpful in raising a healthy baby.

BreastfeedingInfant HealthInfant Immunization QuestionsMaternal HealthPositive Parenting Tips …More

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Milestones & Schedules

You can see a child’s development by how they play, learn, speak, and act. Parents play a critical role in their child’s development. Providing a safe and loving home and spending time together – playing, singing, reading, and even just talking – can make a big difference! Besides tracking your child’s growth and development, you can learn about topics such as developmental disabilities, immunization recommendations, and screening.

Child DevelopmentDevelopmental MilestonesGrowth ChartsImmunization SchedulerVaccines and Immunization Questions …More

Additional Related Web Sites as Listed with PITC

The World Wide Web provides information on numerous topics of interest to both professionals and parents. The alphabetized list below is just a sample of Web sites related to the growth and development of young children:

American Academy of Pediatrics
www.aap.org

This site offers child health information to both parents and professionals. The publications section is particularly helpful to obtain the latest policies and publications regarding children’s health and safety.

Beginning Together
www.cainclusivechildcare.org/bt/

Beginning Together was created in collaboration with the California Department of Education, Child Development Division (CDD) and WestEd, Center for Child and Family Studies as an inclusion support to the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC).

The purpose of Beginning Together is to ensure that children with special needs are incorporated, and appropriate inclusive practices are promoted, in the training and technical assistance provided by the existing cadre of CDE/WestEd certified trainers in the PITC. This is accomplished through a “training of trainers” institute, regional outreach activities, revision/development of written materials, support to institute graduates, and support of inclusive practices in other PITC activities, such as the demonstration programs.

Bright Futures 
www.brightfutures.org

Current and emerging preventative and health promotion of infants, children, and families. This site features guidelines for health supervisors; a section for developmental issues and strengths in the infancy period; and related publications.

Child Care and Early Education Research Connections 
www.childcareresearch.org

An effective tool for policymakers and researchers that facilitates access to current research and findings, datasets, statistics, instruments, and other analytic tools related to child care and early childhood education.

Child Care Bureau 
www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/ccb/

Information on the Child Care and Development Block Grant, links to other Administration on Children and Families sites and other information within the Department of Health and Human Services, with links to other related child care sites.

CIVITAS 
http://childtrauma.org/

The CIVITAS Child Trauma Programs at Baylor College of Medicine are attacking child maltreatment in several areas. The Family Information section has information on the effects of traumatic events on children and what you can do to fight child abuse. The site also contains some articles in Spanish.

Council for Exceptional Children
www.cec.sped.org

This professional organization is dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities and the gifted. The Web site offers resources for people working with and advocating for students with special needs.

Department of Health and Human Services - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/tanf/index.html

An invaluable resource for the latest news on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). You can obtain essential documents regarding child support, child care funds to states, Medicaid resources, and the Welfare Reform Implementation Informational Package. Some of these documents are available in Spanish.

Early Childhood Connections
www.ecconnections.com.au

Parents and Professionals working with young children want up-to-date information. It is often difficult to find time to track it all down. This site contains a treasure trove of links to international publications and resources, research and projects all related to early childhood, as well as information on the early childhood community in Australia.

Early Head Start National Resource Center
www.ehsnrc.org

This site contains a database of all the Early Head Start program sites as well as valuable tips and strategies for trainers and many full text documents on a range of infant/toddler related topics.

Every Child by Two: The Carter/Bumpers Campaign for Early Immunization
www.ecbt.org

This Web site offers resources and information on early immunization. The new 1997 immunization schedule is posted. A program of the American Nurses Foundation, the campaign offers an Immunization Partners Conference and community action activities.

For Our Babies
http://forourbabies.org

For Our Babies is a national movement promoting healthy development in U.S. children from conception to age 3. They advocate for the types of environments, experiences, and relationships that infants and toddlers need in order to thrive.

I am Your Child
www.iamyourchild.org

This site provides information regarding key issues in child development, parenting questions, expert advice, resources, and a community action campaign.

The National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
www.nichcy.org

NICHCY is a project of the Academy for Educational Development, operated through a Cooperative Agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education. This Web site offers information on disabilities and disability-related services for individuals from birth to 22 years. In addition to their publications, NICHCY offers information searches on their database, referrals, and technical assistance.

The National Parenting Center – TNPC
www.tnpc.com

This site offers parenting resources and advice from experts in the field of child development. Professionals may find useful advice and helpful tips to share with parents.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care
nrckids.org/

This site has many links to related sites pertaining to child care, child health, special needs, and parenting. You can also find each states child care licensing regulations and the National Guidelines for Out of Home Care Programs – Health and Safety Performance Standards.

Nemours Foundation/Kidshealth
www.kidshealth.org

Developed by pediatric medical specialists, this site offers information on child health to children, parents, and medical professionals. The parenting section offers information about specific illnesses and parent support groups.

Resources for Infant Educarers
www.rie.org

Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) teaches a unique philosophy and methodology in caring for infants. The teachings of Magda Gerber, incorporating respect, quality time, patience and observation are offered in the form of training classes, books and videos. The site is a resource for parents and professional infant/toddler care teachers.

WestEd
www.wested.org

WestEd’s site offers information on all levels of education including the infant/toddler stage. It also has links to more specific content areas such as charter schools, math and science education and standards and assessment.

Zero to Three / National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families
www.zerotothree.org

A national organization dedicated to advancing the healthy development of infants and toddlers, this site offers cutting-edge research, demonstrated best practices, parenting tips, publications, and conference information.