Recommendations and Resources for Families
Resources for Families
Free, federally-supported resources are available to help families learn about child development and help them to support their child. Other resources listed below help families advocate for and improve inclusive practices in early childhood programs. Please note that this is not a complete list of resources, and we will continue to add more as they become available.
Families may also be interested in seeing resources available for States and local programs and providers. Links to these resources are located in the navigation box to the right.
Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!
This coordinated federal effort aims to encourage healthy child development, universal developmental and behavioral screening for children, and support for the families and providers who care for them. Their resources help families celebrate developmental milestones, identify possible delays and concerns early, and enhance children’s development.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Family Caregivers
The CDC offers a caregiving guide and resources for families of children and adults with disabilities.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Learn the Signs. Act Early.
This CDC resource for parents help them track how their child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves, from birth through age five. It also helps parents act early by learning what to do if they have concerns about their children’s development.
Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR)
CPIR is a key resource for families of children with disabilities. It connects parents to their state’s resource centers so that parents can find local information about disabilities, early intervention (for babies and toddlers), school services (for school-aged children), therapy, policies, and transportation.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)—Family Tools
CSEFEL focuses on promoting children’s social emotional development and school readiness. Free Parent Training Modules teach families how to support their child’s social and emotional development.
The federal government’s disability website connects people with disabilities, along with their families and caregivers, to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, and get health care or pay for accessible housing. Families can also find supportive organizations in their local communities.
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center’s (ECTA’s) Inclusion Resources
ECTA supports states in providing services for infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities and their families. They designed this page to help families understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), connect with other families, and find high-quality resources related to caring for infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities.
Family Voices is a national, family-led organization promoting quality health care for all children and youth, particularly those with special health care needs. Through their national grassroots network, they provide families with resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
Head Start Center for Inclusion—Resources for Families
The Center provides resources to assist personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. This page was designed for families of young children with disabilities participating in Head Start and Early Head Start. Families can use these resources for supporting and including children with disabilities at home and in other kinds of classroom settings.
National Council on Disability (NCD): Supporting Parents with Disabilities and Their Families in the Community
NCD is an independent federal agency committed to disability policy leadership. This NCD publication reviews the types of supports needed for children with disabilities and their families to be meaningfully included in community settings.
National Professional Development Center for Inclusion (NPDCI)—Resources for Families
NPDCI’s goal is to assist states in developing an integrated professional development system that supports high-quality inclusion. Their featured video is for families who are involved or who want to be involved in their state’s planning process for developing integrated professional development. It describes for families the steps that states can take to meaningfully support and include families in the planning process.
SpecialQuest Multi-media Training Library
The SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library supports the inclusion of young children with disabilities birth to five and their families, in early care and education settings. Free sessions on inclusion, collaboration with service providers, and family leadership are available to help support families’ need for high-quality inclusion.
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI)—Families Community
TACSEI uses evidence-based practices for improving the social-emotional outcomes of young children. TACSEI offers many tip sheets, videos, and links to help young children develop, reduce challenging behavior in young children, and to support families.
U.S. Department of Education (ED) Resources about Disabilities for Parents
ED offers a collection of resources for parents, connecting them to their local parent center, providing information about special education law, and supporting children with disabilities. State disability resources and organizations are also included on this resource list.
Families can find out about more resources for families including programs that support young children.