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Safe Kids provides information about safety for special needs children

Keeping Children with Special Needs Safe in the Home Safe Kids and the MetLife Foundation have partnered to bring you a series of safety videos highlighting how you can take precautions in the home to help prevent injuries to children with physical, developmental or cognitive disabilities. The series profiles three families, all of whom have a child with a different special need.

Includes videos.

State by state laws for distracted driving!

State Laws on Distracted Driving The below states and territories have enacted bans on hand-held devices or texting to help reduce the dangers of distracted driving for the public. Click on a state to learn more on there specific laws.

30 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam ban text messaging for all drivers. Twelve of these laws were enacted in 2010 alone. 8 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving.

Families of severly injured military members can get help with safe, licensed child care

NACCCRA and the Department of Defense (DOD) have partnered to provide families of severely injured military members with assistance to find and pay for safe, licensed child care services for a period of six months during their period of recuperation. (Extensions beyond the 6-month period will be considered based upon physician reassessment.)

Information and support for doulas: DONA International

What is a Doula?

Giving birth to a baby is so much more than a physical phenomenon; it engages parents-to-be in a transformational experience, a key life event full of emotion and meaning. A doula who accompanies a woman in labor mothers the mother, taking care of her emotional needs throughout childbirth. A doula also provides support and suggestions for partners that can enhance their experiences of birth.

Tucson Medical Center's childbirth education, parenting classes & support groups

The Family Support Center offers many classes and services to help prepare you for childbirth & parenting.

Class Schedule

* American Red Cross Baby Sitting Training

* American Red Cross Infant/Child CPR

* Baby Care ABC

* Big Brother/Big Sister Classes

* Breastfeeding Basics

* Breastfeeding Support Group

* Breastfeeding Support Program

* C.A.P.P.- Children Are Priceless Passengers

* Childbirth Education One Day Blast!

* Clases Del Parto en Español  

 * Date Night Fridays Dinner & Class

Brain development in infants - why the first three years are so important in your child's life

The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby's development. A newborn's brain is about 25 percent of its approximate adult weight.

But by age 3, it has grown dramatically by producing billions of cells and hundreds of trillions of connections, or synapses, between these cells. While we know that the development of a young child's brain takes years to complete, we also know there are many things parents and caregivers can do to help children get off to a good start and establish healthy patterns for life-long learning.

Help your preschoolers eat fruits and vegetables

Preschoolers eat more fruits and vegetables when they are grown at home. Researchers surveyed over 1600 preschoolers and their parents on eating habits. What they found was that children with greater exposure to home grown produce tended to eat more fruits and vegetables. Gardening is one way to create a positive food environment?. To start a garden at home contact your local Cooperative Extension Office. United Press International 4/19/2007 Journal of the American Dietetic Association April 2007

Casey Family Programs

Casey Family Programs mission is to provide and improve and ultimately to prevent the need for foster care.

Established by United Parcel Service founder Jim Casey, we are a Seattle-based national operating foundation that has served children, youth, and families in the child welfare system since 1966. We operate in two ways. We provide direct services, and we promote advances in child-welfare practice and policy.