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NYS Parent Guide


Parent Education and Support Programs

The Parent Helpline

1-855-4A PARENT


Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline® to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.

A free, confidential, multi-lingual information and referral service for anyone who has questions or concerns about a child or family. A trained Helpline Specialist is available every day from 1:00 p.m. until 10 p.m (EST).

Community Helplines

211 or 311

If you have these phone services in your area, you can call to find out what parenting programs are available in your area.

NYS Parenting Education Partnership

Find information and resources that are helpful to parents and caregivers.

Prevent Child Abuse New York Parent Tip Sheets

Read and download one-page information sheets on topics including brain development, parent stress, etc.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration

If your loved one is incarcerated, the many changes may feel overwhelming. But you are strong. Know that you are already helping your family feel cared for and secure. Sesame Street Workshop created this guide for Parents and Caregivers to help you:

  • use everyday routine to help your child;
  • encourage your child (ages 3-8) to express his feelings;
  • talk with your child about incarceration; and
  • connect with your child's incarcerated parent.

Download the free app on the App Store or Google Play for more information and resources.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce

Divorce can be a big challenge for both children and parents. Though times may be difficult, children can emerge feeling loved and supported. You can all grow through these family changes and discover just how strong you really are. You are not alone. Family, friends, neighbors, and others are these to offer support. Here are some tools to help your child through your divorce.

Fatherhood Programs near You

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is the nation's leading non-profit organization working to end father absence. Underlying many of society's most pressing challenges is a lack of father involvement in their children's lives. National Fatherhood Initiative’s vision is for every child to grow up with an involved, responsible, and committed father. Click the link to find a program or resource near you.

Vroom phone app

New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. In these moments, half a million neurons fire at once, taking in all the things we say and do. We can’t see it happening, but it’s all there, all at work. That’s why Vroom is here.

Daily Vroom is an app that helps busy parents make the most of the time they have. Turn fun, everyday moments into brain building moments. Vroom turns shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. Check the app store for your phone or tablet for this free app to get started.

Talking is Teaching - Talk, Sing, Read

"Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions - like describing things while walking outside, or singing songs together during bath time. Using books, parent videos, text messaging, social media, and information from expert partners, Talking is Teaching empowers parents and caregivers with fun and easy ways to improve their babies' learning.

Talking is Teaching is a campaign of Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of The Opportunity Institute and the Clinton Foundation

African American Babies Coalition

The African American Babies Coalition (AABC) is a group of African American community stakeholders which include educators, nonprofit and civic leaders, researchers, childcare providers, parents and grandparents and public health professionals, from across the Twin Cities who are committed to promoting the healthy development of African American babies.Brain Are Built Not Born is a successful parenting campaign with messages from African American parents to each other.

Every Student Present

Every Student Present -- A Campaign to Reduce Chronic Absence

Every Student Present is a public awareness campaign developed by the Council on Children and Families and is intended to help families, school leaders and communities understand the importance of consistent school attendance and the impact of absences on children's learning, especially young students. There are videos with helpful hints for addressing anxiety, bullying, confidence and health risks for parents.

Multiple System Navigator

Access helpful health, education, human service and disability information on one user-friendly website.

Built for youth, parents, family members and caregivers that rely on supports from multiple child and family serving systems.