For Parents of Young and Elementary School Children
Children’s Trust Fund www.onetoughjob.org
A 2010 National Parenting Publication Award (NAPPA) winner, this site offers access to reliable, current, and practical parenting resources on an easy-to-navigate site. It includes information on raising children from infancy through adolescence and is available in Spanish.
For free assistance in locating childcare in Massachusetts, check the MA Dept of Early Education and Care website. For Newton resources, contact Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families, Beverly_mobilia@newton.k12.ma.us
Boston Central www.bostoncentral.com
Review an extensive, diverse calendar of events for children and parents in the greater Boston area, a free email newsletter and a searchable list of local parenting resources. Sort activities by date, type, or region.
Boston.com Moms www.boston.com/life/moms
Visit this special section of the Boston Globe’s site containing an events calendar, discussion boards, blogs, articles, parent resource guides and photos.
Boston Mamas www.bostonmamas.com
Read a blog by Boston Mama, Christine Koh, plus articles by several regular contributors and a list of local parent groups.
Boston Parents Paper boston.parenthood.com
Find a digital edition of the popular and award winning Boston Parents Paper, plus blogs, pregnancy and parenting tips, expert advice, and video testimonials.
Baby Center www.babycenter.com
Access development calendars, cost calculators, growth charts, a recall finder and an online community plus retail coupons and freebies. Customize your account to receive weekly emails about your child’s development.
Zero to Three zerotothree.org
A national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development. Website information includes articles on early development, behavior, care and education, public policy, and many other topics.
The Bump www.thebump.com
Enjoy a resource from birth to preschool for local parents by local parents. Find ratings and reviews for retail stores, activities, restaurants, services, events and more - all contributed by parents in your city or town.
Mom’s and Dad’s Guide www.momsanddadsguide.com
A Boston area online guide developed by two local moms includes information on activities and events for the Metro West, Metro South, and the South Shore areas. Sections include birthdays, camps, childcare and education, community, special sections, sports, articles, blogs, and coupons.
MA Dept of Early Education and Care www.mass.gov
List of MA Early Childhood Resource Centers, offering materials and resources to the early childhood community.
Common Sense Media www.commonsensemedia.org
Recommended by MA Children’s Trust Fund, this site has reviews of movies, games, TV shows and more so parents can be informed about choices. Also offered are advice about media’s impact on Children, education tools and curricula, and policy to improve the media landscape.
Boston Youth Zone www.bostonyouthzone.com
An interactive site run by the City of Boston that lists activities and opportunities for both kids and teens. It is a great resource for parents and is a great way for young people to connect all over the city of Boston. Sections include schools, sports, culture, after-school, resources, and health.
City of Newton – Youth Services www.newtonma.gov
A government-run website for the town of Newton that highlights the resources available to youths and their families. A Youth Interagency Task Force (YITF) comprised of youth services providers from across the City, the YITF meets on a quarterly basis to share information and address issues of concern and importance related to youth. All known youth services providers, their contact information, and an overview of their programs are now listed in the City’s annual Youth Services Resource Booklet, available on the site.
Newton Cares www.newtonma.gov
Coalition for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. The mission of Newton Cares is to raise awareness and identify strategies to assist in creating a healthy, empowered community that promotes emotional wellbeing across the lifespan.
List of MA Family Networks www.bostoncentral.com
Massachusetts Family Networks, state-funded education and support program for families with children up to age three, are places to find free or very low cost playgroups, support groups, and age-appropriate play spaces. Programs also provide home visits, developmental screening, adult education, family education, and family literacy activities. MFN is a creative collaboration of resources including public schools, Community Services, health professionals, social services providers, the local business community, and civic organizations.
MA Assistance Programs massresources.org/education
Resource information for various types of assistance in MA including child care, education, health, food and housing, legal, transportation and many others.
Baby Basics, INC. babybasicsinc.org
Baby Basics, INC. is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that provides and distributes free diapers to babies of the working/near poor in the communities of South Boston, MA and Needham/Dedham, MA. We have provided well over 1,000,000 diapers to over 1,000 children in South Boston and are now serving Needham and Dedham. To find a diaper bank near you, visit: nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org
Centre Street Food Pantry centrestfoodpantry.org
Supplies food items to families and individuals in need from Newton and surrounding communities. They consistently provide access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment. The Centre Street Food Pantry is a non-profit organization and a member of the Greater Boston Food Bank
Newton Mother’s Forum www.newtonmoms.com
A non-profit organization created to help mothers in Newton and the surrounding areas meet and get to know each other, share ideas and information, and build a community for themselves and their families. Our local outreach programs are focused on raising various donations to help children and families in the community. If you have any questions about the Newton Mothers' Forum, please email us at email@example.com
A coached running group for moms who want to be fit, meet new people and have fun! Our goal is to inspire moms in Newton and the surrounding areas to enhance their fitness through running. We offer something for everyone, regardless of fitness level, because we believe that every mama can be a Fit Mama! For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wondering About Mental Health and Wellness?
Our INTERFACE® Referral Service collects and categorizes a wide range of valuable resources related to mental health and wellness for the benefit of the general public–children, adults and families–as well as educators and mental health professionals. Learn more at interface.williamjames.edu