For Parents

Parenting Help

The Parent/Teacher area, near the Picture Books in Youth Services, has chairs for reading, materials to browse, and free magazines to take home. The Well-Centered Child, Chicago Parent Magazine, and Connecting With Kids offer advice on all aspects of parenting.

Links for Parents

Baby Sign Language – Baby sign language is a great way to help you communicate with your pre-verbal baby. Baby sign language helps babies that are ready to communicate, but can’t quite bridge the gap to full speech.

Big Ideas in Beginning Reading – Provides information and technology to teachers, administrators, and parents across the country. With determination, vigor, and reliance on validated research, the goal of all children reading by the end of third grade will be reached.

Center for Effective Parenting – The Center for Effective Parenting attempts to positively impact children through a focus on improving parenting skills. The Center focuses its efforts in the areas of service, training, and research.

Kidwinks – Focusing on kid-friendly activities, restaurants, services, and events in the Northwest suburbs and the Chicago area.

iVillage – Parenting and Pregnancy – Site includes: Daily Treats — Just for Moms!, Baby Names, Stuff We Love, Celebrating Mom Photo Gallery, Family Time Activities, and Pregnancy Fitness.

New Parent Magazine – The essential guide for expectant mothers.

Reading Rockets – Reading Rockets offers a wealth of strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn to read. Our resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help.

Talk to your Baby – Talk To Your Baby has produced a series of quick tips for parents and practitioners to help children develop good talking and listening skills. Each sheet is available in ten languages. Copies can be downloaded below and photocopied free of charge.

thebestkidsbooksite.com – An Interactive Channel where Books, Crafts, Podcasts, and Web Resources Intersect.

The Early Childhood Education Network – The LiteracyCenter.Net serves more than a million free literacy lessons a month to children in 141 countries. It provides safe learning activities for parents and teachers to share with young children. All online lessons are free of advertising.

The Internet Public Library – Resources for Schooling for children under the age of 5.

Zero to Three – ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.