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Parenting and Family Support

CYFERnet’s website brings together the best children, youth, and family resources from all the public land-grant universities in the country. Materials are carefully reviewed by college and university faculty.

Just in Time Parenting (JITP)
Quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful.


National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC provides accreditation for schools that meet certain standards. You can search for an accredited school in your area. NAEYC also provides resources, tools, and information for families and childcare providers.

Parent to Parent-USA
This site highlights statewide organizations that have parent to parent support as a core program and are committed to implementing evidence-based practices. Parent to Parent programs provide emotional and informational support to families of children who have special needs most notably by matching parents seeking support with an experienced, trained ‘Support Parent’.

State Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
Your children may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance. Every state in the nation has a health insurance program for infants, children and teens. The insurance is available to children in working families.
» Phone: 1-877-KIDS-NOW

Zero to Three
Science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development. Top of Page

Healthcare Providers

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M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers)
Download the M-CHAT, instructions and permissions for use, scoring instructions, and follow-up interview by clicking on the links below. The follow-up interview is designed to reduce the false positive rate (meaning children who fail the M-CHAT but are not likely to have an autism spectrum disorder).

Instructions and Permissions for using the M-CHAT
M-CHAT Scoring Instructions
M-CHAT Scoring Template
M-CHAT Follow-up Interview

Identification and Evaluation of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Detailed information on signs and symptoms so pediatricians can recognize and assess ASDs in their patients from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Act Early on Developmental Concerns: Partnering with Early Intervention
A presentation that offers health care providers a general overview of early intervention services as well as practical tips, resources, and tools for working with Early Intervention and community services from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Caring for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Toolkit for Clinicians
A clinical resource to assist in the recognition, evaluation, and ongoing management of autism spectrum disorders throughout the patient’s lifespan from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Top of Page

Childcare and Early Education

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Center for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children, also known as TACSEI, takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with, or at risk for, delays or disabilities and creates free products and resources to help decision makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day.

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
CSEFEL is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. They have user-friendly training materials, videos, and print resources which are available directly from this website to help early care, health and education providers implement this model.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
NAEYC provides accreditation for schools that meet certain standards, as well as resources, tools, and information for families and childcare providers.

Zero to Three
Provides professionals working with very young children and their families an extensive collection of resources aimed at supporting the work of professionals in a variety of early childhood settings. Top of Page