Commissioners' Committee on Cross-Systems Services for
Children and Youth
Initiative Related Links
Resources for Parents and Caregivers
for Youth —
This site provides information on what parents need to know
to raise healthy children. It includes information on growth
and development at various stages, including sexual development.
This site also provides resources on how parents can talk
to their children about “the facts of life."
- Bright Futures for
Bright Futures for Families offers a variety of materials
and resources developed specifically for families. Families
want and need materials that have the same information
used by their health care providers, written in a way that
they can understand and refer to when needed.
Futures Family Tip Sheets —
Divided into the four developmental stages of childhood,
these easy-to-read sheets are designed to help families
promote the health and well-being of their children.
Up and Away —
For many families this will be a year to get ready
to launch a son or daughter into the next phase of
life after high school.
Tools for Families and Providers —
Throughout the tools, a strong emphasis is placed on
strengths as well as concerns. The resources offer
a guide to healthy development and parenting. Tools
are provided for each developmental stage and are available
- Center for Disease
Control and Prevention —
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is committed
to promoting optimal child health outcomes by preventing
developmental delay and disabilities. The CDC website contains
information on child development, including positive parenting
across all developmental stages.
Development Institute: Keeping Parents Informed —
The Child Development Institute provides information for
parents on developmental stages and the various types of
growth. It also contains helpful articles on parenting and
how to support your child's social and emotional development
- Children of Incarcerated Parents —The Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for children, working with experts in the field, developed a flyer to help parents who have been arrested plan for their children. The flyer describes and provides forms to designate a person in parental relation so that their children have caregivers with the legal ability to make education and medical decisions for their children.
- Children with Incarcerated Parents Report produced by the Council on Children and Families provides an examination of issues related to parent incarceration from the perspective of children and young adults, caregivers, and formerly incarcerated parents. The report describes experiences at the point of arrest, the disclosure of parent’s incarceration, issues pertaining to parent-child communication during incarceration and family reunification.
for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) —
CASEL provides a wide variety of resources for parents,
educators, and other professionals. Resources cover different
age ranges/grades and provide parents with information
on what to expect from children at different developmental
stages, and some basic ways to promote social and emotional
well-being in their children.
for Tots —
Docs For Tots is an organization formed to encourage doctors
to become active advocates for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
on the national, state and local level. They also provide
information and resources for doctors on promoting children's
Together in New York State —
A non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish
a unified voice for children and youth with emotional,
behavioral and social challenges. The site provides information
for families about family-run family support services,
information and referral services that are available in
New York State as well as statewide advocacy services.
KidsGrowth.com is a unique Web site tailored specifically
toward the concerns and interests of today's parents. The
site was developed and created by well-respected medical
leaders in the field of pediatrics and adolescent medicine.
The site provides information on child development and
growth for ages 0 - 18.
- Links Digest— As part of the Family to Family Health Care Information & Education Center, Parent-to-Parent of NYS provides information related to the issues of health care and parenting children with special health care needs. Some links are specific to New York State, but there are many that will be helpful to everyone.
- myBenefits.ny.gov— Check your eligibility for a wide range of economic supports.
It’s quick, easy and confidential!
- nyacts—a website designed to provide current information
on New York State services and supports for individuals with autism.
- NYU Child Study Center
- Growth and Development —
This site provides a variety of resources to present a
broad spectrum of benchmarks and milestones that can help
parents to evaluate their child's progress.
- The Parent Letter —
This publication from the NYU Child Study Center provides
parents with tips and advice on special topics relevant
to teenagers and school-age children.
State University Extension —
Ages and Stages for Caregivers Fact Sheets give parents
and caregivers an idea of the developmental milestones
that they can expect to see in their child from 0-5 years,
ways to encourage their child's development, and other
- One Tough Job— Through this website, all parents have access online to information on stages of child development, positive parenting, school and child care and much, much more.
- Parents—The Anti-Drug —
This is a website for parents on how to help guide their
teen to a healthy life. The site addresses affective parenting
approaches and to talk to teens about drug and alcohol
use. It also includes the free resource: “Navigating
the Teen Years: A Parent's Handbook for Raising Healthy
Institute's 40 Developmental Assets —
Developmental Assets are common sense, positive experiences
and qualities that help influence choices young people make
and help them become caring, responsible adults. The Search
Institute's website provides lists of assets for each developmental
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Building Blocks for a Healthy Future —
Parents, caregivers, and teachers of children aged 3 to
6 can find lots of great tips, materials, and ideas for
spending time with their children and learning together.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Family Guide To Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy & Drug Free—a
public education web-site to communicate to parents and other caring
adults about how they can help promote their child's mental health
and reduce his or her risk for becoming involved with alcohol, tobacco,
and illegal drugs.
- YOUTH POWER! —
A network of young people with disabilities and social/emotional
challenges. This site provides information about the youth
movement in New York State as well as opportunities for
networking. The theme of this site is that young people
are the voices of the future and there should be "nothing
about us without us!"
- Zero to Three —
This site includes a number of resources for parents and
professionals on a variety of key topic areas. One topic
area is social and emotional development. The site provides
tips for parents on how to promote and nurture their child's
skills, helping them to learn to communicate, connect with
others, resolve conflict, and cope with challenges.
Resources for Pediatricians and Health Care Providers
Resources fo Educators and Schools
for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) —
CASEL provides a wide variety of resources for parents, educators,
and other professionals. Their website contains a variety
of SEL (social and emotional learning) resources and tools.
for Children —
The committee seeks to foster the social and emotional development,
safety, and well-being of children through education and
advocacy. The organization develops and publishes programs
and curricula for children from preschool through middle
school about social skills, bullying, and sexual abuse.
Your Child Series —
The Helping Your Child publication series aims to provide
parents with the tools and information necessary to help
their children succeed in school and life. These booklets
feature practical lessons and activities to help their school
aged and preschool children master reading, understand the
value of homework and develop the skills and values necessary
to achieve and grow. Teachers can share these booklets with
parents to encourage their involvement in and support of
their child’s academic success.
Association of School Psychologists (NASP) —
Success in School/Skills for Life This online resource for
parents, teachers, and students offers a series of fact sheets
about academic, emotional, and social development in children
and adolescents. The topics rotate throughout the school
year and include materials in Spanish.
- National Clearinghouse on
Families and Youth (NCFY) —
The site offers information about positive youth development.
Resources include: fact sheets, outreach materials, conference
reports, online journals, Span-ish-language materials, technical-assistance
materials, and news and funding information. Also includes
an extensive list of links to Web sites that focus on adolescent
Guide for Parents and Teachers —
The American Psychological Association provides tools and
information on building resilience – the ability to
adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or even
significant sources of stress. Developing resilience can
help children to manage stress and feelings of anxiety and
- School Mental Health
Project -Center for Mental Health in Schools —
This site provides a wide variety of resources and information
for teachers and schools on mental health issues and supporting
children in their learning. One example is a paper on: Social
and Interpersonal Problems Related to School-Aged Youth (PDF).
Assistance Center on Social and emotional Intervention
for Young Children (TACSEI) —
TACSEI takes the research that shows which practices improve
the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or
at risk for, delays or disabilities. The website provides
products and resources to help decision makers, caregivers,
and service providers apply these best practices in the work
they do every day.
- The Center for Social and
Emotional Education (CSEE) —
CSEE works with educators, parents, schools, and communities
to promote academic achievement and prevent youth violence
and other at-risk behaviors by fostering effective social
and emotional education and character education for children
- The Center on
the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social and emotional development
and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. They
have a variety of tools and resources for teachers, parents
and and caregivers.
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence
Provides technical assistance and training to 147 school
districts and communities that receive grants from the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The
site highlights resources for social and emotional development
and learning, including a list of articles and publications
Resources for Youth
Australian-based Websites for Youth.
Please note that while these websites provide good information,
This is a website that inspires young people to help themselves
through tough times. The aim of the service is to improve
young people’s mental health and well being by
providing support and information in a format that appeals
to young people. For teens who may be struggling with
depression or suicidal thoughts, want to do something
for their local community or simply are experiencing
new ways to learn and grow.
This website aims to inform young people, their caregivers
and service providers about positive mental health. The
Headroom website provides information for:
- Young people aged 12 -18 in the Lounge
- Young people aged 6-12 years in the Cubby House
- Parents and friends in the Family Room
- Service providers and professionals in the Kitchen.
- Change Your Mind About Mental Health —
The American Psychological Association provides helpful information
on understanding mental health and how it is a part of everyone’s
healthy overall development.
for Teens—Got Bounce? —
The American Psychological Association provides information
to youth on how they can build their own health and resilience.
Resilience – the ability to adapt well in the face
of hard times; disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes or
fires; tragedy; threats; or even high stress – is what
makes some people seem like they’ve "got bounce" while
of Us —
This site provides a public dialogue to raise awareness about
the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect
students to the appropriate resources to get help.
- KidsHealth —
This site provides articles and information for kids and
teens on how they can keep themselves healthy and happy.
Being healthy means dealing with the changes in your body
- and your mind. The site had resources for parents, kids
- Mindzone—Cope. Care. Deal. —
Mindzone is a mental health website for teens that includes
helpful information such as how to cope with everyday stress
to information about more severe mental health problems.
- MPower —
This is a new youth awareness campaign that’s harnessing
the power of music to change youth attitudes about mental
health and fight the stigma facing the 1 in 5 youth with
mental health problems. Working with a diverse coalition
of artists, music industry executives, mental health advocates
and youth leaders, mpower is dedicated to reaching out to
today’s youth about a range of mental health issues,
including depression, substance abuse, anxiety, eating disorders
and suicide, and providing important resources and information
to encourage those in need to seek help.
Mental Health Awareness Campaign —
The student section of the webpage, youth can learn more
about mental disorders, check out our frequently asked questions,
and get hooked up with the help they may need. Youth can
use the information on this site to educate themselves and
learn how to take action.
Presents the framework of 40 Developmental Assets, which
are positive experiences and personal qualities considered
critical to the positive development of adolescents. In
addition, for some ideas on how to build assets, choose
to "View" the list and click on the asset you want to build.
- Youth In Progress—The mission of Youth in Progress is to enhance and advance the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s youth by supporting their sense of self and responsibility.