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New - Reaching Out to PCSing Service Members: Tips for Sponsors A sponsor is the family's link to their new unit, installation and community.  This article contains a few specific ways to help make a family's transition to their new community a positive experience.

BabySigns Baby Signs® is a research-based program that teaches infants and toddlers to use simple, easy-to-do gestures to communicate what they need, what they see, and even what they feel with their parents and caregivers.

Center for Disease Control (CDC)  CDC, an organization within HHS, works to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. Under Life Stages and Specific Populations and under Injury, Violence, and Safety, service providers can find information on a wide variety of topics related to new parents, parents of toddlers and preschoolers, and preventing child abuse and neglect.

Child Welfare Information Gateway  This government website provides access to information and resources designed to help protect children and strengthen families. It includes information on building healthy families, child abuse and neglect, and adoption.

Deployment and Coming Home: The Realities for Infants and Toddlers in Military Families
This article, from ZERO TO THREE, describes the challenges encountered by military families with infants and toddlers, and the ways in which policy decisions can ameliorate those pressures. Military families face particular stress during the deployment and homecoming of a family member. These are times that cause anxiety for every member of the family, including infants and toddlers. This article will detail the challenges families face before, during and after deployment, as well as policy recommendations that support infants and toddlers in military families.

Resource from Health Resources & Services    
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) via their Office of Women's Health portal offers FREE emotional wellness tools via the Bright Futures for Women's Health and Wellness Initiative.  Scroll down under Emotional Wellness Tools to locate the guides targeting either healthcare providers, young women, or women of all ages. 

These guides can be downloaded, copied and used during home visits, if appropriate, and include tips for broaching sensitive topics, worksheets to stimulate thoughtful reflection, and offer ideas for building and sustaining emotional wellness.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, another division of HRSA, provides links to Depression During and After Pregnancy, a Resource for Women, Their Family, and Friends.  A FREE printer-friendly Perinatal Depression Booklet can be found at the top of the page.

Healthy Children This American Academy of Pediatrics website features topics of interest to parents such as car safety seat guidelines, immunization information, firearm safety, common childhood illnesses, ADHD, related books, and much more.

Medline Plus This National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health website contains links to current news and research.  The Parenting section of the site provides information and links to articles and research reports on a number of relevant topics.

MilitaryINSTALLATIONS This resource provides contact information for programs and services, maps and directions, links to comprehensive location overviews, and community points of interest for military installations worldwide. Contact information for installation FAPs and New Parent Support Programs can be found on this site.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome This website provides information and resources on shaken baby syndrome in an effort to educate parents and to prevent further injury of children from this type of child abuse.

Safe Sleep Practices and SIDS/Suffocation Risk Reduction  This Resource is a compilation of 37 nationally recognized health and safety standards on safe sleep and reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)/suffocation in child care and early education settings from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs.

US Government Parenting Website This federal website provides information on a number of parenting topics, such as expecting, health issues, education issues, child care, and grandparents raising grandchildren.

ZERO TO THREE Parents and those working with families with children birth to three will find information on the website of ZERO TO THREE, a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports parents, professionals and policymakers in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. The organization's website offers general child development guidance, including information about brain development, early learning, school readiness, child care, health and nutrition. In addition, ZERO TO THREE has a wealth of information specifically developed for military families - and those who support such families - about how to help young children build resiliency and cope with parental separation, relocation and other stressors.


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