Resources for Parents

This list of websites is intended to connect parents with public services, professional recommendations, and free educational materials to aid child development outside of what the library offers. It is a comprehensive set of links to accommodate basic needs. The list includes:

  • Health Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a professional organization of pediatricians, dedicated to the health of all children
  • Safety Information from the Children’s Safety Network, Supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services
  • Tools for Families of Children with Disabilities from the Center for Parent Information and Resources, funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, part of the U.S Department of Education
  • Support for Parents of Children who are Blind from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown
  • Child Care and Preschool accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which promotes high-quality early learning for all young children by connecting practice, policy, and research
  • Educational Guidance from early literacy to student loans by the U.S Department of Education
  • Education Articles about driving academic success from the National Education Association
  • Homework Help from USA.gov, the official guide to Government Information and Services
  • Free Educational Media resources for kids and lifelong learners, gathered by Open Culture
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  • Homeschooling Support from the Massachusetts Home Learning Association, which informs and educates families about the benefits, societal impacts, and unique educational methods of homeschooling
  • Government Benefits, including food service and health care programs, available to low income families by state
  • Public Assistance with child welfare from the Administration for Children and Families, part of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services
  • Guidelines for Talking to Children About Tragedies from the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement and USC School of Social Work

Social Services Resource

Feeling Overwhelmed? The Watertown Social Services Resource Specialist will evaluate your situation and put you in touch with the social services you need. For help, call: 617-744-9585 or visit the town's website for more information.