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Resources for Parents

General Health

Bright Futures
A program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has a series of educational handouts about your child's development.  Pick them up at your doctor's office or click below for online versions!

Healthy Children
A website run by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  It offers information about children's health, safety, family life, and more.

Find out more about childhood immunizations from these trusted resources.  (pdf) childhood immunizations

KidsHealth is a child health and parenting information service that is available through the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at

MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
Provides personalized help from health educators, health education classes, and a health library.


Text4Baby is a free service that sends health information via text message to pregnant women and new moms.  The texts have information about taking care of yourself while pregnant and giving your baby the best possible start in life.  Text the word BABY to 511411 to sign up.  You can also visit for more information.

American Academy of Pediatrics Books
The American Academy of Pediatrics has a series of books about caring for your children:  Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, Caring for Your School Age Child, and Caring for Your Teenager.  These books are available at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Centers.  To find out more or locate the Learning Resource Center nearest you, visit or call 1-866-609-5183.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
This is a website based on the President's "Strong Fathers, Strong Families" initiative.  It has resources for dads including fatherhood programs, a blog for dads, and a library of information about fatherhood.

National Fatherhood Initiative
This website provides information and resources for fathers, including weekly "dad emails".

Strong Fathers of Maine
This website provides information about local classes and workshops for dads to help them get involved in their children's lives.

 Teen Health
This website is geared toward girls in pre-teen years, with information about several health issues such as nutrition and physical activity, drugs and alcohol, and relationships.

KidsHealth Teen Page (click on "For Teens")
This branch of the KidsHealth website has health tips for teenagers on topics such as drugs and alcohol, school and jobs, sexual health, and more.

I Wanna Know!
This website offers information about sexual health and relationships for teens.  The site also has a section for parents about how to be a good parent during the adolescent years.





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