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Here are a variety of supplemental links to allow you to further explore child care information for parents and families.

BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL & SUMMER PROGRAMS

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

FAMILY AND/OR FRIEND CARING FOR KIDS

Child Care Aware has resources to help make child care provided by relatives work for your family:

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Free or Low Cost Health Insurance for Kids
  • Kids Health Insurance Hotline
  • Hawai`i Covering Kids
  • Oahu: 808-275-2000
  • NNeighbor Islands: 1-877-275-6569 (Toll Free)

NUTRITION PARENT LINE
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.


RETHINKING THE BRAIN

Child Care Aware has new insights into brain development that suggest as we care for our youngest children, as we institute policies or practices that affect their day-to-day experience, the stakes are very high. Go to http://childcareaware.org/parents-and-guardians/resources/additional-resources/rethinking-the-brain

FDA CONSUMER MAGAZINE
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

OTHER HEALTH-RELATED LINKS

  • Johnson & Johnson Pediatric InstituteClick here
  • The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) -- Parents' Resource Center: Click here
  • Asthma and Allergy Foundation of AmericaClick here

NANNY SERVICES

PARENTING RESOURCES TO SHARE

  • Family Support Services of West HawaiiClick 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.

FREE FAMILY SUPPORT

  • 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/

FREE RESPITE SERVICES

  • Parents and Children Together (PACT) Respite Program 808-841-1027
  • Time Out Services, Inc. Waianae 808-696-3482, Wahiawa 808-621-4871

FOR COUNSELING AND PARENTING CLASSES

  • 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

SAFETY ISSUES

Keiki Injury Prevention Coalition
Visit the Keiki Prevention Coalition at http://www.kipchawaii.org

Safe Sleep for Infants
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.

Buckle Up
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 www.nsc.org/resources/issues/nondriving/windows.aspx or call the Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-DASH-2-DOT if you need help.

Disaster Planning
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

Playground Safety
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 playground-safety@uni.edu. Call them at 800-554-PLAY.

Recalled Toys and Products
For more 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

SPECIAL NEEDS

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 full potential.

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

Special Needs Books & Resources

  • 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 Stray-Gundersen
  • 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
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