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American Academy of Pediatrics
Health information.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page
Web site devoted to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Public Law 336 of the 101st Congress, which prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
This website provides information about the Andrew Young School of Policy

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Baby-Proofing Your Home
Suggestions for making your home safer for children.

Best Online Colleges for 2014-16

Better Brains for Babies
Provide families and professionals with current research-based information about the brain, early brain development, and its implications for children in Georgia and throughout the United States.

Body and Mind
Site sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control with health and safety information for children.

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Census Data
A source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Online source for credible health information.

Center for Early Literacy Learning
Provides research-based information and activities designed for use by parents and care providers to promote literacy learning by children with disabilities.

Center for Inclusive Child Care
Online training modules on a variety of topics related to inclusion of children with disabilities.

Center on the Developing Child
Drawing on the full breadth of intellectual resources available across Harvard University’s schools and affiliated hospitals, the Center generates, translates, and applies knowledge in the service of closing the gap between what we know and what we do to support positive life outcomes for children.

Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Training materials and resources to promote the social emotional development and school readiness of children birth to five.

Child Care & Early Education Research Connections
Research Connections is a unique resource that promotes high quality research and the use of that research in policymaking.

Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS Program - Subsidized Child Care in Georgia)
One of the responsibilities of this agency is to help families in Georgia pay for early childhood and school age care and education programs.

Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Provide services to families and child care programs. The agencies assist parents in their search for quality child care and offer parent education classes. The agencies assist providers by offering professional development training and technical assistance.

Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF is a private, nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide a voice for children who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
This organization provides information on children's health issues and conditions.

Childrens Medical Services
State and federally funded program which provides a state-wide community-based, family-focused, care coordinated, culturally appropriate, comprehensive system of medical/health care for eligible children, birth to 21, with chronic medical conditions. 404-657-4855

Commonly Asked Questions about Child Care and the American with Disabilities Act:
Answers from the U.S. Department of Justice on common questions about the ADA.

Cultural and Ethnic Food and Nutrition Education Materials: A Resource List for Educators link
This publication is a compilation of educational and background resources for those working with various ethnic/cultural groups. Background materials provide information about customs and cultural influences of groups and information on developing multicultural skills. Some background materials cover the health and nutritional status of groups.

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Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit
Comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.

Division of Public Health
Information on immunizations for children and other health issues can be found on this website.

Games, songs, communication cards, print resources and information to assist with adaptation of learning environments for children with disabilities

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Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center
The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center website is operated by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It includes information about Head Start, Early Head Start, current research, program tools, and early childhood resources and initiatives.

Early Learning Property Management
ELPM’s mission is to build high quality early learning centers, primarily in disadvantaged neighborhoods, which provide high quality education and nurturing programs birth through five years old.
Site with a variety of information and resources for teachers of children with disabilities.

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Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS)
Support group for families of children with disabilities and other special health care needs.

Family Village
Site provides information, resources and communication opportunities for children and adults with disabilities, their families and those that provide them services and support.

Food Buying Guide-Child Nutrition Programs
The Food Buying Guide for Child Nutrition Programs has all of the current information in one manual.

Food Research & Action Center
FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and corporations to address hunger. This is a good source for Federal Food Programs

Food Safety
Federal food safety information

Food Safety in an Emergency
Practical guidance for retail grocery and food service establishments to plan and respond to emergency situations that could impact food safety and facility operations.

Food Safety Power Outage Infographic
Maintaining food safety in the event of a power outage.

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Georgia Advocacy Office
The Georgia Advocacy Office (GAO) is a private non-profit corporation. Its mission is to work with and for oppressed and vulnerable individuals in Georgia who are labeled as disabled or mentally ill to secure their protection and advocacy.

Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition
A collaboration of public, private, and non-profit organizations, and businesses whose mission is to improve the health of all Georgians by promoting healthy eating and physical activity.

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Provides information and advocacy activities, program implementation and funding and public policy analysis and research to influence public policies that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.

Georgia Department of Community Health
One of the responsibilities of this agency is to plan for health coverage for uninsured Georgians, including through The Children's Health Insurance Program.

Georgia Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980. The Department’s more than 4200 employees are dedicated to: focusing national attention on key educational issues, collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research findings, establishing policies on federal financial aid, prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education. Even Start is administered by this federal agency.

Georgia Department of Human Resources-Office of Regulatory Services
Monitors, inspects, licenses and/or registers primary health care, long-term care and residential child care programs. They also certify various health care facilities to receive Medicaid and Medicare funds.

Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Information on food stamps, TANF, Child Care Assistance Program

Georgia Health Law Partnership
An interdisciplinary community collaboration among the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia State University College of Law to improve the health of low-income children and their families. Offers public health legal services to eligible families of children with health care issues.

Georgia Partnership for Excellence
This website contains information about how the Georgia business community supports education in Georgia

Georgia PINES
State funded program that provides support and training to parents of infants and toddlers with sensory impairments as well as training to professionals who deliver specialized services focused on hearing and/or vision impairments to families.

Georgia Professional Standards Commission-Teacher certification information
This website contains information on how to become a certified teacher in Georgia, how to renew your certificate and also updated information from the Commission.

Georgia State University Best Practices Training
This website provides support and information to all Georgia's Pre-K Teachers.

Georgia Tools for Life This group's mission is to increase access to assistive technology devices and services for Georgians of all ages through help with scholarships and training. 1-800-497-8665

Georgia WIC Health Department
WIC provides nutrition education and supplemental foods to low income families in Georgia.

Great Start Georgia website
This website is intended to offer a user-friendly portal into the Governor's Office of Children and Families (GOCF)-sponsored /Department of Public Health’s Central Intake System. It provides information and resources related to home visiting and other components of Great Start Georgia.

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Healthy Children
This site launched by The American Academy of Pediatrics provides up-to-the-minute guidance on fitness, sports, oral health, emotional wellness and nutrition. It includes interactive content on developmental milestones, and an A-to-Z list of more than 300 health topics. By registering with the site, parents can customize information based on their children's ages and health issues. There's also an "Ask the Pediatrician" tool allowing parents to browse a list of frequently asked questions, or pose their own questions. A pediatrician finder on the site enables uses to search for local academy-member pediatricians.

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Illinois Early Learning Project
The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois.

Internal Revenue Service Small Business Resources
Web site offers links to a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies. The link provides access to free small business products and resources.

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Kid Smart Early Learning
This website contains information on integrating technology and early learning.

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Lekotek of Georgia
This program will loan adapted and traditional toys to families to use at home and provides individualized support and resources. The program's goal is to make play successful and interactive for children with disabilities through the use of adapted toys and computer equipment.

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MyPyramid for Preschoolers
MyPyramid for Preschoolers is a website designed to assist caregivers of preschoolers (children two to five years of age) by providing tools and information to help their preschoolers eat well, be active, and be healthy. This website allows caregivers to generate a customized eating plan and a growth chart for their preschooler. In addition to providing information on developing healthy eating habits, trying new foods, playing actively, and following food safety rules, the website also provides sample meal and snacks and kitchen activities for preschoolers.

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National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Offers many services to early childhood professionals and public policy makers.

National Association of Family Child Care
Advocates for the family child care profession by collaborating with other local, state, and national organizations who contribute to the family child care field.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

National CACFP Program Forum
A community of member organizations dedicated to the ideals of high quality meal service and nutrition training in the family child care setting.

National Child Care Association
A professional trade association focused exclusively on the needs of licensed, private childhood care and education programs.

National Food Service Management Institute (NFSMI)
NFSMI serves anyone connected with the Child Nutrition Programs: school lunch, school breakfast, summer feeding, and Child and Adult Care Institute takes its programs and services nationwide through workshops, teleconferences, audio conferences, and training packages.

National Program for Playground Safety
The goal of this organization is to help ensure that all playgrounds are safe for children.

National SAFEKIDS Campaign
Organization devoted to protecting children from unintentional injury.

National School Age Care Alliance
The only national membership organization representing the entire array of public, private, and community-based providers of after-school programs. Their mission is to build a profession that develops, supports, and promotes quality after-school care.

New Child Care Transportation Requirements
Provides information on New Child Care Transportation Requirements

New Georgia Encyclopedia
The New Georgia Encyclopedia is an authoritative source on the people, places, events, and institutions of Georgia. The site contains nearly 2,000 articles and more than 5,000 images and audio and video clips on the history, culture, and life of the state.

Nutrition Contacts for Other States
State Agencies Administering the Child Nutrition Programs.

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Parents Central
From Car Seats to Car Keys - Keeping Kids Safe.

Prepare for a child's tomorrow by saving for their college education today with the Path2College 529 Plan.

Peachcare for Kids
Affordable health insurance for uninsured children birth to eighteen. 1-877-GA-PEACH

Produce for Better Health Foundation

Produce Safety Resources
Preserving Locally Harvested Produce, Consider Vacuum Seal, Food Safety Practices to Expect from Your Fresh-Cut Processor, Food Safety Practices to Expect from Your Produce Distributor.

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Informational website about the PTA, the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation.

Project Healthy Grandparents
Support and resources for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

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Sex Offender Registry Search
GBI allows user to search by city, zip code, and/or name to determine whether a convicted sex offender is living in a particular neighborhood.

Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia
Nonprofit organization formed to share and advance knowledge and research about sickle cell disease and other hemoglobin abnormalities and to improve the quality of life of those battling the disease.

SIDS Alliance
This section of the division of Public Health website provides information on sudden infant death syndrome.

Smart Start Georgia
Smart Start's vision is that every child in Georgia will start kindergarten ready to succeed. Through innovative programs and outreach initiatives, Smart Start is working to improve the quality of early care and education for all children ages birth through five, promoting lifetime learning, and ensuring greater achievement throughout the child's education and beyond.

Southern Early Childhood Association
Brings together preschool, kindergarten, and primary teachers and administrators, caregivers, program directors, and individuals working with and for families to promote quality care and education for young children.

Special Education Guide is an informational website for parents and teachers of children with special needs that features original, trustworthy content from a number of experienced special education professionals.

State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) & Medicaid

State of Georgia Website
This website contains current information about the State of Georgia.

Strategic Objectives
This website contains information about Georgia's Governor

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Team Nutrition Resources
Team Nutrition is an initiative of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to support the Child Nutrition Programs through training and technical assistance for foodservice, nutrition education for children and their caregivers, and school and community support for healthy eating and physical activity.

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United States Accountability Office
GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and ensure the accountability of the Federal Government.

United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
The goal of this agency is to protect the public "against unreasonable risks of injuries associated with consumer products." Help keep you and your family safe! Consumers can subscribe to an e-mail notification service for updates regarding recalls of products related to infants and children. Just follow the "Recalls and Product Safety News" link and join the "Recall Notification List."

United States Department of Agriculture-Food & Nutrition Services
Child and Adult Care Food program (CACFP) information.

United States Department of Agriculture-Food Stamp & WIC Programs
Information on Nutrition Assistance Programs.

United States Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General

United States Fire Administration
Home Fire Prevention & Safety Tips

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Wrightslaw Yellow Pages for Kids
Listing of Georgia-based therapists, support groups and other resources for children with disabilities and their families.

Information and resources related to special education law.

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Locate a neighborhood pediatrician.