Quick Links for Parents
Online resources, government programs, grants, education, & family services
Save time, follow the campaign, learn how to contact your government or to apply for benefits, print out child immunization schedules, and more.
The 2004 presidential election is over and George W. Bush was the winner. Find out where the parties stand on the major issues of the day at their respective Web sites: Republican nationa Committee and Democratic National Committee.
For independent in-depth coverage of the major news stories that provide critical analysis, polls, speeches, fact-checking, and more check out these great news sites: CBS News, ABC News, MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, PBS, C-SPAN, Time, Newsweek.
If you're not registered to vote yet, go to: The League of Women Voters, C-SPAN, or Rock the Vote for deadlines, requirements, and qualifications in your state.
Learn about the candidates for statewide or local office using C-SPAN's interactive election finder.
Want to know about the attitudes and opinions of your fellow Americans, and how the media affect your decisions? Go to the nonpartisan National Annenberg Election Survey.
Factcheck.org assesses the veracity and accuracy of political ads, speeches, interviews, and debates.
For a fun and educational experience with your older kids, go to the American Museum of the Moving Image's Living Room Candidate, to watch vintage TV campaign commercials of presidential candidates.
You might be eligible for federal benefits programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance or the School Breakfast & Lunch Programs. To apply for federal grants such as Promotion of the Arts or Nutrition Assistance Programs, go to Grants.gov. Learn about state benefits and programs such as health care assistance that your state offers.
To browse for state and federal benefits by category such as immunizations grants and Special Education Preschool grants, see Your Benefits Connection page or go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance for a listing of all programs such as emergency loans or health educations centers.
This federal government portal page offers extensive guidance on how to access services and benefits for such areas as health insurance for children, identity theft, military locator services and renter's assistance.
Learn about federal and state programs and services, such as adoption and foster care assistance and child-support services, dedicated to improving the general welfare of children and families.
Find out how you may eligible for a Department of Education grant.
At Congress.org, you can access information on impending congressional votes and learn how to contact your federal, state, or local officials. See proposed bills, and learn how your congressperson or senator voted on specific bills.
Combine family fun with family learning by stopping at C-SPAN's Main Resources Directory, where you can find links to the White House, Congress, and the judiciary; access to international organizations such as the European Union; a comprehensive list of media outlets and resources; or a link to the 9/11 Commission's final report.
Or visit a national treasure like the Library of Congress, and you and your older kids can learn how a bill becomes the law of the land.
Contact your government by using the comprehensive phone and e-mail directory of Congress, You can also contact a congressional leader and contact your state's legislature.
At C-SPAN's state-by-state media guide, you'll find contact information on publishers and editors of your local newspapers and magazines, radio stations, and TV general managers.
To get a passport application online, go here.
Avoid the frustration and the long lines. Renew your driver's license here.
Moving? Avoid the hassle of going to the post office to file a change of address form. Do it here online.
Protect your family from scams and frauds. This government site offers the latest alerts and how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.