Welcome to my collection of Parent Resources. This growing list includes links to organizations, favorite blogs, informative websites and a special section on family resources in Santa Cruz County.
Zero to Three. The site for this national nonprofit organization provides information on child development, health and behaviors during the first three years.
First Five California has a parent site that is useful for families anywhere. Find child development information, tips on choosing a quality child care program, educational activities and more.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The NAEYC’s family page has ideas for spotting a quality child care program, articles about young children and a small collection of quality children’s songs that you can stream online.
Ask Dr. Sears. A great site loaded with information on health, nutrition, behavior and parenting.
Kelly Mom. Tons of information on pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenting.
DrJayGordon.com. A site by pediatrician Jay Gordon about alternative medicine, breastfeeding, attachment parenting and more.
cosleeping.nd.edu. Research on co-sleeping, bed sharing, sleep issues and SIDS prevention from the University of Notre Dame’s James McKenna, PhD.
Secrets of Baby Behavior. An archive of blog posts from the UC Davis Human Lactation Center about health, travel, daycare, infant development and everything else you can think of.
Child Tax Credit. Information on who qualifies for the Child Tax Credit and how to claim it.
Blogs by Parents
Peaceful Parents, Confident Kids. A mother of two’s perspective on parenting with respect.
Not Just Cute. A mom with an MS in Child Development gives advice on parenting and shares her personal experiences.
Noob Mommy. A mom shares her insights and war stories, product recommendations and useful stuff like check lists to help you find a preschool that is a good fit for your family.
Lucie’s List. Gear guides for all things to do with little ones from baby registries to strollers to breast pumps.
Sandy Toes Creations. A Santa Cruz mom’s blog about homeschooling, local family activities and learning through play.
Santa Cruz County
Child Care Switchboard. Referral service for licensed Family Child Care Homes.
Santa Cruz County Voucher Program. This program helps low income families afford quality child care.
La Leche League provides breastfeeding support and education.
Sutter Lactation Center. Amazing support for moms including help with pumping, nursing challenges and overall emotional well being. Check out their support groups for new parents.
Growing up in Santa Cruz. A local publication for Santa Cruz families including a calendar of family friendly activities in the area.
Live Oak Family Resource Center. Resources for local parents including classes, play groups, tutoring and more.
La Manzana Community Resources. A similar center for the Watsonville area.
Mountain Community Resources. A similar center for the SLV area.
Nueva Vista Community Resources. A community center serving low-income Latino residents of Northern Santa Cruz County.