National Resources

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics publishes as the parent focused website committed to the physical, mental, and social health of all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The information is available in English and Spanish.

Be There Iowa

Be There Iowa is the Iowa Attorney General and Department of Human Services parenting website. Be there Iowa links families to reliable websites as well as information on topics such as family relationships, health topics, school issues, and finances. This website provides links to Iowa programs for crisis situations.

Born Learning

Born Learning is a public engagement campaign that helps parents, grandparents and caregivers explore ways to turn everyday moments into fun learning opportunities. Born Learning is funded through United Way and Families and Work Institute. The website focuses on school readiness and contains information on nutrition, sleep, safety, growth, and development. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Center for Parent Information and Resources

The Center for Parent Information and Resources is produced by the Department of Education and Office of Special Education and focuses on parenting children with special health needs. Information is written in English and Spanish.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is the nation’s health protection agency. The website contains a variety of information on parenting, child development, current research, diseases, and lead poisoning. Information is available in English and Spanish

Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. This site explores the concerns and challenges that parents face and provide expert guidance on how to respond in the most effective way.

Early Childhood Mental Health

The Center for Early Childhood Mental Health was created through the Office of Head Start. This website translates research in healthy mental health development and provides the materials and information to families and providers. The Center provides information and guidance on effective ways to promote young children's social and emotional development.

Fatherhood Initiative

National Fatherhood Initiative works throughout the country educating, engaging, and equipping American fathers. They improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children with involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives. This website contains resources for today’s dads and moms.


The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them. The NAGC has a data base of children's bereavement support programs throughout the country.

Healthy Children is a parenting website backed by pediatricians who are committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants and adolescents. Whether you're looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues this website has it covered.


The National Vaccine Information Center is a national non-profit educational organization that promotes informed choice about vaccines. They do not advocate for or against the use of vaccines, but provide support for individuals and families to make an informed choice about vaccines.

Immunization Action Coalition presents straightforward information about vaccine-preventable diseases, their vaccines and includes immunization information that is organized by age group: Infants / Children, Preteens, Teens, and Adults.

Iowa Compass Disability Resource Database

Search by category or by keyword to find information about disability-related programs and services for Iowa residents.

Just in Time Parenting (ISU Extension)

Just in Time parenting is written and published by the Iowa State Extension Office. It connects parents to resources and information – and provides age specific articles on parenting, FAQ’s, and access to experts across the country. Their newsletters are available in English and Spanish and are formatted to print and distribute.

Kids Health

KidsHealth is a website developed and created by medical leaders in the field of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Members of the Medical Advisory Board oversee all content. KidsHealth is tailored specifically toward the concerns and interests of today's parents, including questions and answers about children’s health, behavior, and development.

Learning Disabilities is the National Center on Learning Disabilities’ parent website. It highlights practical tips, information, and supportive strategies for children that struggle with learning. The website is expert written and is a partnership of a number of similar non-profit organizations. Information is available in English and Spanish.


MedlinePlus is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It contains information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in an easy to read language. Parents can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. Information is available in English and Spanish.


The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8. This website contains articles for families on child development, reading and writing, and more.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The NCTSN is funded through the U.S. Center for Mental Health Services. It focuses on trauma, the resulting stress, and recovery. The network unites providers, researchers and families by increasing knowledge and services around traumatic stress.

Obesity (Childhood)

Let’s was launched out of the government’s Task Force for Childhood Obesity. It focuses on promoting healthy exercise and nutrition choices for children. The website includes information about obesity, healthy recipes, and practical tips for families to be more active. It is available in English and Spanish.

Parenting 24/7

Parenting 24/7 is a project of The University of Illinois Extension that provides information and advice on parenting and family life. It is designed for parents and grandparents of children from birth through the teenage years by providing feature articles, video clips of parents and experts and recommendations to the best parenting resources on the web.

PBS Parents

PBS Parents is an online resource that's filled with information about your child's development from birth through the early school years. PBS Parents provide the answers you need to be your child's first, best teacher, with its age-by-age guide to a child's growth and development from birth through age nine.

QRS (Iowa Child Care Rating System)

QRS or Quality Rating System developed by The Department of Human Services, encourages daycare providers to meet higher education and care standards when operating daycares. Also, visit Child Care Resource & Referral website to find out more about how to choose a child care setting and child care in Iowa.

Reading – Iowa Reading Research Center

The Iowa Reading Research Center is funded by the Iowa Department of Education. It has an online collection of literacy resources available to the public. This collection includes; classroom learning and teaching, at-home support, and educator research for children birth through 12th grade.

Science of Parenting

Science of Parenting provides research-based parenting information. Learn about topics such as:

Guidence and Discipline

Nutrition and Wellness

Friendship and Bullying

Family Relationships

Kids and Technology

Children and Money

Sign It!

Sign it is a new online curriculum for learning American Sign Language (ASL).

If you have a child who is deaf or hard of hearing age 36 months or younger, you are eligible to get a free online class to learn American Sign Language.

Stop Bullying provides information on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. Stop is a partnership between the Department of Education, Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Department of Justice. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Tufts Institute Child and Family Web guide

The WebGuide is funded by Minnesota Department of Education. Articles are evaluated for reliability by Tufts University. This website provides links to hundreds of sites containing child development research and practical advice. Users of the WebGuide can search particular age group (topics by age). They cover all ages of development from early childhood through adolescence.

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

CPSC is a federally funded website committed to protecting consumers and families from products. Such items include; toys, cribs and household chemicals that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. Information includes recent product recalls, a search bar for looking up recalls on companies and their products, and safety information guides on a wide array of topics. Information is available in English and Spanish.

Web/Media Reviewer: Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media helps families make smart choices by improving the impact of media on child health and development. The website offers a comprehensive library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music. Common Sense Media is funded through numerous public and private partnerships and foundations.

eXercise and Eat Right

Kids Eat Right website is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website. It supports nutritious, healthy eating among children and families nationwide. This website contains information to educate families and communities on the importance of high-quality, nutritional foods. It also has information on cooking and eating with your family, as well as the importance of physical activity in childhood obesity prevention efforts.

Your Child

YourChild is a web site for parents about children’s development and behavior. The website provides parents a means to link up with support groups, agencies, organizations, and other tools and resources for their developing child.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three is a research based national organization that provides parents practical information to nurture early development. This website contains information on a wide array of topics during the first 3 years of a child’s life.

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2018