Children & Family Resources

 

Program Resources

Information provided by the Global Family Research Project: Seven Research Based Ways that Families Promote Early Literacy by M. Caspe and M.E. Lopez (Sept. 2017).

Promoting Early Literacy

The Parent-Child Programs

Sends community educators into the homes of vulnerable pre-school age children to provide families with books and toys and guidance to using them to promote children’s learning. Evals have shown children’s participation is related to their language and social-emotional skills, and later their reading abilities 

Promoting Early Literacy

Raising a Reader (RAR)

Nonprofit family engagement that helps families develop, practice, and maintain home-based literacy habits and routines. Community agencies bring red book bags filled with award-winning language books into children’s homes along with having five family workshops. This program significantly improves children’s oral language skills and is associated with improvements in the quality of parent-child reading behaviors. 

Early Literacy for Multi-Lingual Families

The New York Hall of Science Apps

Developed by and for Latino parents with children ages birth to 5. Engages parents in lessons by having parents come together and talk about what they need/want for their children. It gives them agency over how to help their children and how to interact with the larger school community. Participation increases educational activities at home, parents’ approaches to reading with their children, and library use. 

Promoting Literacy for Libraries

Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR)

Research-based curriculum and resource guide developed by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children. It helps librarians support families in nurturing their young children’s literacy development by emphasizing singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing. 

Promoting Early Literacy

Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

Partners with parents to prep their kids for success in schools, the focus is on primarily children at risk because of poverty, limited education, and English proficiency. Research shows these parents become more engaged in reading, talking, and working with their children and that the child’s school readiness skills improve. 

Promoting Early Literacy Through Tech

The New York Hall of Science Apps

Developed iPads apps with promote parent child conversations around math and science. 

Promoting Literacy for Libraries

Family Place Libraries

A nationwide network of librarians who are trained to build knowledge of good health, early learning, parental involvement, and supportive communities. Increases identification and support for children with delays and special needs, reduces parent isolation, and helps transform libraries into welcoming family friendly learning environments. 

 

Family Resources

Strong from the Start aims to reduce the achievement gap; create an eco-system of support, promote care and connection for parents of young children; and strengthen positive social and emotional development of children ages birth to three.

Promoting Early Literacy for Children with Disabilities

Center for Early Literacy Learning

Materials to assist parents who have children with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. The Focus is on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  

Promoting Positive Learning

Common Sense Media

An online site which provides guides for healthy media consumption, based on your child’s age, whether through books, movies, games, or tv shows. They also have articles for parents on how to teach children online safety. 

Also available in Spanish. 

Family Bonding

Wonderopolis

A fun interactive website which poses unique questions of the day for parents and children to discuss. Topics range from science, geography, history, and language to expand children and parents’ knowledge of the world. 

Developmental Education

Amaze.org

An inclusive resource for parents and children ages 10+ about healthy relationships, body image, and sex education. Available in both English and Spanish. 

Local Resources

Family Resource Center of Cape Cod

Host free, monthly Cape and Islands-wide listing of workshops, meetings, groups and related programs for parents, grandparents, guardians, and primary caregivers of children. 

Local Resources

Mid-Cape Family Resource Directory

A compilation of community resources for families with small children, birth to 8 years of age. The guide contains information for everything from family supports, parenting classes, legal services, housing, schools, and family outings.

In English and some Spanish.   

Local Resources

Martha's Vineyard Community Services

A year-round community resource center serving all of Martha’s Vineyard. MVCS has early childhood programs as well as the Island Wide Youth Collaborative. 

Promoting Early Literacy for Children with Disabilities

Center for Early Literacy Learning

Materials to assist parents who have children with identified disabilities, developmental delays, and those at-risk for poor outcomes. The Focus is on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.  

School Readiness

Learning Heros

Reading, math, and like skills learning tools for parents and children to help stay ahead of the curve when it comes to school. The resources range in grade levels and come in the format of educational videos as well as games. There is also a readiness check list which can help parents keep track of benchmarks their child should be reaching in school. 

Also available in Spanish.

Family Bonding

The Family Dinner Project

A great resource for parents looking to increase family bonding at diner time. The recipe has recipes and conversation starters for the family. They also have resources for having challenging conversations such as bullying, becoming more independent, and even developing crushes. 

Local Resources

Cape Cod Moms

Founded in 2010 for parents, caregivers, and moms to empower the community with knowledge and support. They are a supportive safe-haven for moms to know they aren’t alone in the obstacles they face every day. 

Local Resources

The Coalition for Children Upper Cape Resource Guide

A compilation of community resources for Falmouth, Mashpee, Bourne and Sandwich. Includes licensed center and family based childcare educators, libraries, and community resources for organizations centered around helping families. 

Local Resources

Lower Cape Family Resource Guide

A compilation of community resources serving the Lower Cape, from Brewster to Provincetown. Contains information about childcare, family services, recreation, disability services, health services and much more. 

Local Resources

Nantucket Family Resource Center

NFRC’s mission is to “offer assistance and guidance to help families achieve their goals through a range of programs that foster a nurturing family environment”. The Center supports families with children by providing information, resources, programs, and referral services. 

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