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.

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Elections '04 Government Benefits
Children's Health Care Emergency Preparation
Child Care & Education Food, Drug, & Product Recalls

Elections '04

  • 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.
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  • Government Benefits

  • 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.
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  • Children's Health Care

  • Consult Conditions from A to Z to learn about the causes and treatments for maladies from mumps to migraines and everything in between. To search for symptoms by category, go to the handy Web site of Familydoctor.org.

  • Learn all about vaccines and immunizations for your child at the Centers for Disease Control. Consult their vaccines and immunization schedules for you and your child. The National Network for Immunization Information provides extensive explanations on childhood vaccines and the diseases they prevent, or check out their Frequently Asked Questions about common childhood vaccinations.

  • Find a family doctor in your community who is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

  • At KidsHealth find important information on topics such as baby-proofing your home; instruction sheets on how to treat emergencies such as burns, nose bleeds, spider bites, and insect stings, or allergic reactions; how to stock a first-aid kit; gun safety, and much more.

  • Keep your kids' teeth healthy and strong. Visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), KeepKidsHealthy.com and, Child Development Institute. Find a pediatric dentist certified by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry or by the American Dental Association (scroll to Pediatric Dentistry under Specialty).
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  • Emergency Preparation

  • Have a family plan. Be prepared for natural (or other) disasters. The Department of Homeland Security offers common-sense advice on preparing your family for the unexpected.

  • Learn about emergency preparedness responses to unforeseen disasters or health outbreaks or incidents, from the Centers for Disease Control.

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics has prepared a handy family readiness kit to prepare for most kinds of emergencies (natural disasters, such as hurricanes or flash floods, or terrorism), including Steps to Readiness Safety.
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  • Child Care & Education

  • Looking for quality and accredited child care in your community? Go to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) or to the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).

  • Get great info on Head Start, a program that fosters healthy development in your preschool kids.
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  • Food, Drug, & Product Recalls

  • The Food & Drug Administration site lists the most serious recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts of the past 60 days. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues alerts and warnings about defective or dangerous child products, toys, and household items, among others. Come back to these pages frequently to learn about the latest government recalls.
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