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CHILDREN & TECHNOLOGY
ON CHOOSING CHILD CARE
Center on the Family,
University of Hawaii at Manoa
offers a “Choosing Child Care” guide booklet.
Child Care Aware, a program of the National Association of
Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), is a nonprofit initiative
committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child
care and child care resources in their communities. You can view their
publications at: http://childcareaware.org/node/915
LICENSED OR LICENSED-EXEMPT CAREGIVERS
- Child Care Aware has resources to help make child care
provided by relatives work for your family: Child Care Agreement: Informal arrangements with family members,
friends or neighbors can sometimes cause problems. Formalize your child care
arrangement using this simple form: http://www.in.gov/fssa/files/ChildCareAgreement.pdf
HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Free or Low Cost Health Insurance for Kids
- Kids Health Insurance Hotline
- NNeighbor Islands: 1-877-275-6569 (Toll Free)
You can reach the Parent Line at 808-526-1222 for information
and support. The time you spend with your baby is very important to his or her
development. Cuddling, talking, reading, playing, exploring, dancing, and
singing with your baby will help her brain and body develop. Every Baby grows
and learn at his or her own rate. If you have questions about your baby’s
development call Parent Line or call your doctor. Babies are born learning so
make every moment count.
FDA Consumer, the
magazine of the US Food and Drug Administration, provides a wealth of
information on FDA related health issues: food safety, nutrition, drugs, medical
devices, cosmetics, radiation protection, vaccines, blood products, and
veterinary medicine. For a sample copy of FDA Consumer and a subscription order
form, write to: Food and Drug Administration, HFI-40, Rockville MD 20857. http://www.fda.gov
- Family Support Services of West Hawaii: Click here. Supporting families and communities in providing
love and care for children on the island of Hawaii.
- Kids in the House--The World's Largest Parenting Video Library:Click here.
- The Parent Line (Parenting information and referral service
offering "warm line" telephone support) 808-526-1222, Neighbor Islands
1-800-816-1222, Web Site: www.theparentline.org
- Pulama I Na Keiki (Parent education service for Hawaiians and
Part-Hawaiians) Alu Like, Inc., 808-535-6766, Web Site: www.alulike.org
- Kamehameha Schools-Early Education Preschool Programs The early
education program is based on the belief that children learn best with the help
of their parents, teachers and peers and through experience with their physical
and social environment. Some of the preschools are located on state Department
of Education sites. Tuition is not charged to participants at these preschools.
At the preschools entirely funded and operated by Kamehameha Schools, preference
is given to children of Hawaiian descent. A modest tuition is charged at these
sites. Financial aid is available. For more information about applying to
Kamehameha preschools, applicants on O`ahu may call 808-842-8800; Neighbor
Island applicants may call 1-800-842-4682 (IMUA) ext. 8800. Learn more at: http://preschool.ksbe.edu/
- Parents and Children Together (PACT) - 808-847-3285
- The Institute for Family Enrichment (TIFE) - 808-596-8433
- Catholic Services to Families - 808-536-1794
- Child and Family Services (CFS) - 808-521-2377
- Family Services Center Naval Station, Pearl Harbor - 808-472-4222
Visit the Keiki
Prevention Coalition at http://www.kipchawaii.org
Placing babies to sleep
on their backs instead of their stomachs has been associated with a dramatic
decrease in deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies have been
found on their stomachs with their faces, noses, and mouths covered by soft
bedding, such as pillows, quilts, comforters, and sheepskins. However, some
babies have been found dead with their heads covered by soft bedding even while
sleeping on their backs.
Properly buckle the baby in a car
seat. Don’t forget, babies need to ride in rear facing car seats until they are
1 year old AND 20 pounds. Follow car seat instructions and vehicle owner’s
manual to correctly install your car seat. Air bags can save your life, but they
can seriously hurt or kill infants and children. Properly buckle the baby in the
car’s back seat. Visit the National Safety Council at http://www.nsc.org/Pages/home.aspx or
call the Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT if you need help.
Child Care Aware - Be
Prepared: How to Plan for Disasters with Your Child's School or Child Care
Provider - The start of war with Iraq once again raises fears of terrorism
and concern for children's safety for many families. Although you can't control
the uncertainty, you can plan with your family to minimize danger and to know
what to do if something catastrophic occurs. Visit: http://childcareaware.org/parents-and-guardians/resources/preparing-for-disaster-the-parent-view
Each year, over 200,000
children are injured on America’s playgrounds. That’s one every 2.5 minutes. To
address the growing concern for playground safety, the National Program for
Playground Safety (NPPS) was established in 1995 through a grant from the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Located at the University of
Northern Iowa, NPPS serves as a public resource for the latest in information on
playground safety and injury prevention. Reach them at www.uni.edu/playground.
Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call them at 800-554-PLAY.
information about children’s safety and recalls of children’s toys and products,
contact: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC 20207.
1-800-638-2772 or www.cpsc.gov
For a number of reasons, some infants, toddlers and preschool-age children
may need access to special education services before they enter kindergarten.
They may have an identified disability or developmental delay, or they may be at
risk for a developmental delay. Any aspect of a child’s physical, mental or
emotional development that may interfere with his or her ability to benefit
fully from regular education services can qualify a child for special education.
Prevention and early intervention are key to helping children develop to their
The Special Parent Information Network (SPIN) is a parent to parent
organization in Hawaii that provides information, support and referral to
parents of children and young adults with disabilities and the professionals who
serve them. Visit http://www.spinhawaii.org
- Child Care Aware: Choosing Care for Special Needs Children http://ccapub.childcareaware.org/docs/pubs/102e.pdf
- School Age Children with Special Needs by Dale Borman Fink
- Signing Illustrated, The Complete Learning Guide by Mickey Flodin
- Negotiating the Special Education Maze : A Guide for Parents &
Teachers by Winifred Anderson, Deidre Hayden, Stephen Chitwood
- Babies With Down Syndrome : A New Parent's Guide by Karen
- Communication Skills in Children With Down Syndrome : A Guide for
Parents (Topics in Down Syndrome) by Libby Kumin
- Children With Autism : A Parents' Guide by Michael D. Powers
RESOURCES FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES