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Go City Kids
GoCityKids gives you shortcuts to the city at its best - its parks, stores, professional services, restaurants, babysitters, places to stay, entertainment and so much more.

International Children's Digital Library
The mission of the International Children’s Digital Library Foundation is to excite and inspire the world's children to become members of the global community – children who understand the value of tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas - by making the best in children's literature available online.

Parent Resource Center
Parent Resource Centers support families and enhance the healthy development of children while encouraging parents as the primary teachers of their children. At the centers, parents and their children, between the ages of 0 and 5 years, come together to play in an early childhood/parenting classroom equipped with preschool toys, books, games, and art activities.

Child Care

American Disabilities Act
Information for parents and providers

Your official source for all U.S. government child care information.

Children with Special Needs in child care settings.

Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
A Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) allows you to be reimbursed on a pre-tax basis for child care or adult dependent care expenses for qualified dependents that are necessary to allow you or your spouse to work, look for work, or attend school full-time.

It's Summer Time 
Who is caring for your child? Find out about the rules for Health, Safety, Staff, and More for the Summer Experience you choose for your child.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care.

National Association for Family Child Care
The National Association for Family Child Care is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

National Child Care Information Center The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a service of the Administration for Children and Families, is a national clearinghouse and technical assistance center that links parents, providers, policy-makers, researchers, and the public to early care and education information.

National Network for Child Care
NNCC unites the expertise of many of the nation's leading universities through the outreach system of Cooperative Extension. Our goal is to share knowledge about children and child care from the vast resources of the landgrant universities with parents, professionals, practitioners, and the general public. We network with committed individuals around the country to bring you practical information and resources that will be useful to you in your everyday work with children.

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
Some highlights of this website include a study on cost, quality and outcomes, state child care regulations, and national safety standards.

Disaster & Emergency Planning

Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness (IS-22) is FEMA's most comprehensive source on individual, family, and community preparedness. The guide has been updated, and enhanced to provide the most current and up-to-date disaster preparedness information available.

Families: Preparing for an Emergency
No one wants to think and worry about disasters. A few simple steps will help prepare and protect your family and assure that your children feel safe and are safe. - Ready Kids
Your family can use this Web site to create a plan that will help you be ready for many different kinds of unexpected situations.


Healthy Beginnings
Whether you’re a parent, childcare provider or teacher, you want the very best for the children in your life. But how do you know you’re giving a child the very best you can?

Planning for Your Child's Future
Section 529 college savings plans and other ways to save and pay for college.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
Many parents looking for high-quality early childhood programs will refer to the list of NAEYC-accredited programs offered in their communities.

Time for School - Department of Education
Review the instructional programs and curriculums for schools within the Washington Metropolitan area.


American Academy of Pediatrics
Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

BAM! Body and Mind
Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC maintains several departments concerned with occupational safety and health

Healthy Child Care America
HCCA is the product of a shared vision between Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Administration for Children and Families' Child Care Bureau (CCB). That vision was to forge strong linkages between health and child care professionals in order to support the health and safety of children in child care settings.

Let's Move!
Let’s Move will give parents the support they need, provide healthier food in schools, help our kids to be more physically active, and make healthy, affordable food available in every part of our country.

Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule
This schedule indicates the recommended ages for routine administration of currently licensed childhood vaccines for children through age 18 years.

Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national non-profit charitable organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families, practitioners and communities to promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.

Family and Medical Leave 
Office of Personnel Management's Rules and Regulations


Car Seat Inspection Station Locations (Mont. County)
The inspection stations are sponsored by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service and SAFE KIDS Montgomery County. Our goal is to ensure that the children of Montgomery County are properly secured in car seats and seat belts while traveling. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of children under 15.

Child Restraint and Safety Belt Use Laws
All 50 states and the District of Columbia have child restraint laws. Child restraint laws require children to travel in approved child restraint devices, and some permit or require older children to use adult safety belts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has complied a listing of these laws by each state's requirements.

Poison Control Center
America's poison centers are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you. The Poison Help hotline 1-800-222-1222 serves as a key medical information resource.

Safe Kids USA
Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Help keep your family safe by checking product recalls and safety news from CPSC.