WACO-MCLENNAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Parenting

Conscious Discipline: challenging children
https://consciousdiscipline.com/webinars-guiding-the-most-challenging-children/
This link contains free webinars that discuss how parents can address challenging behaviors within their home. These webinars are in English but they can also be used with Spanish subtitles.

Conscious Discipline: discipline tips
https://consciousdiscipline.com/free-resources/discipline-tips/
This conscious discipline link provides free resources related to challenging behaviorssuch as biting, temper tantrums, preschoolers and school, tattling, crying, and strategies for addressing children with special needs.

Conscious Discipline: Free Resources
https://consciousdiscipline.com/free-resources/free-resources/
This conscious discipline link provides free resources related to I Love You Rituals and various behavior and schedule charts which can be used within the home. This link also contains free printable resources that are in English and Spanish.

NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children)
https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/for-families
Fnd research based resources, tips and ideas for families - everything from child development, to reading, writing, music, math, and more!

Zero to Three
https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/series/parent-favorites
Parent Favorites: A collection of high trending resources for parents. Parenting is an ongoing process of learning who your individual child is and what your child needs to thrive. These resources are designed to help you tune in to what makes your child tick and to guide you in determining the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.

Trauma

Sesame Street
https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/activities/responses-trauma-age-age-video/
This short video from Sesame Street shows  the responses of two children to domestic violence in the home.  It explains why children are affected and it shows how a loving and caring adult can help a child recover and build resilience. 

Through Our Eyes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8vZxDa2KPM
This video (7min) discusses how witnessing and experiencing violence can have lingering effects on a child’s life.  It also discusses the importance of getting help.

Circle of Security
https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/animations
This links to three videos explaining the concept of Circle of Security, an early intervention

Nation Child Traumatic Stress Network
https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources//understanding_child_traumatic_stress_guide_for_parents.pdf
This is a handout from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network on Understanding Child Traumatic Stress for Parents.  It discusses warning signs and how to help your child at school and home.

Facts on Children’s Exposure to Violence
https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/the-facts-on-childrens-exposure-to-violence/
This PDF document details what the impact is on children’s development by exposure to all kinds of violence. 

Child Development

Pathways has great videos and checklists covering overall development.
https://pathways.org/
https://pathways.org/growth-development/0-3-months/milestones/

CDC Developmental Milestones
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html

CLI Engage (Children’s Learning Institute)
https://cliengage.org/public/tools/materials/cac-family/
This program provides free resources and activity ideas that families can use to help support school readiness skills in children 0-6 years.  The Family Circle Activity Collection also includes Developmental Milestones, information on early screening and intervention, and example activity videos. The information in CLI Engage is in both English and Spanish and is set up to where the family can choose activities based on a particular age range and choose the developmental area they would like to focus on for that particular activity.

NAEYC (The National Association for the Education of Young Children)
https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/what-look-program
What to look for in a program. Find out what a high-quality program looks like and what caregivers and teachers do to help your child learn and grow.

Bright by Text: free activities, games and resources for parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age 8.
To sign up, send a text to 27448 with the words TEXASKIDS
Text messages will be sent to your phone with age appropriate information.

Nutrition and Breastfeeding

Kellymom.com breastfeeding and parenting information
https://kellymom.com/
https://kellymom.com/category/ages/newborn/bf-basics

Breastmilkcounts.com: breastfeeding information
https://www.breastmilkcounts.com/

Texas Lactation Support Hotline: 1-855-550-6667 M-F 8am – 5pm, every Saturday 11am-3pm.
Afterhours and Sundays it immediately transfers to a Peer Counselor cell phone which they answer from 7:30am – 9pm.
Calls between 9pm and 7:30am, calls are returned first thing in the morning.

Global Health Media: has beautiful, informative videos. Separate ones for mothers and for healthcare workers. In a many languages.
https://m.youtube.com/user/globalhealthmediaorg/playlists#menu

Global Health Media Breastfeeding Videos for Mothers Spanish
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxVdpaMfvxLBXcPbHmVRoEPa1h_oichHf

Global Health Media Breastfeeding Videos for Mothers English
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxVdpaMfvxLCDSNEgM2QcN5pAc-LraJgL&feature=share

Nancy Morhrbacher Videos
Mother friendly videos, short clips of essential information.
https://m.youtube.com/user/NancyMohrbacher/videos

Paced bottle feeding
Whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding this method of infant feeding helps ensure baby isn't overfed and learns to regulate his/her own feedings   
https://youtu.be/OGPm5SpLxXY

Breastfeeding USA
https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/article/breastfeeding-information-articles

Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorder (formerly known as Postpartum Depression)

Postpartum Depression
http://www.helpandhope.org/Parenting_Tips/Articles/depression.asp
https://youtu.be/N8inuQJcJM0

Postpartum Support International: PSI Helpline- 1-800-944-4773 or text 503-894-9453   

Postpartum.net provides information and resources regarding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
https://www.postpartum.net/

The Blue Dot Project
https://www.thebluedotproject.org/

Postpartum Men
http://postpartummen.com/
A place for men with concerns about depression, anxiety, or other problems with mood after the birth of a child. It promotes self-help, provides information for fathers, hosts an online forum, offers resources, gathers new information about men’s experiences postpartum, and helps fathers to beat the baby blues.

Mother to Baby
https://www.mothertobaby.org/
Provides information on medications and more during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Infant Risk
https://www.infantrisk.com
Provides information on safe use of medications in pregnancy and postpartum.

Helpful Resources

Gay Parents to Be
https://www.gayparentstobe.com/
An informational resource and a starting point for LGBTQ parenting. They strive to provide the best care for LGBTQ couples and individuals as they navigate all of their family building options.

Black Mamas Matter Alliance
https://blackmamasmatter.org/
A black women-led cross-sectoral alliance. They center Black mamas to advocate, drive research, build power, and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.

How to Apply for Texas Benefits
https://www.yourtexasbenefits.com/Learn/Home
Find more information about how to apply for Texas benefits such as SNAP food benefits, TANF Cash help, Healthcare (Medicaid or CHIP), Support Services, and WIC food benefits. Or dial 211.

Local Resources

The Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children
https://advocacycntr.org/

Family Abuse Center
254-772-8999 or 1-800-283-8401 (24 hrs)
https://www.familyabusecenter.org
Call us for shelter, counseling or legal advocacy for issues of domestic violence.  All services are free.  Emergency shelter is available for caregivers and their children.

HOPES Program of Family Abuse Center
254-732-0482 (M- F, 9 - 5)
Call us to request assistance in learning more about your child’s development and your interactions with your child through home visitation.  Any family with a child (ages 0 - 5) within McLennan County can benefit.

Klaras Children’s Center Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
https://www.kcceci.org/
Call us if you have a child who is between birth and three years of age and have any concerns with your child’s development and growth. An array of services are provided in places that are familiar to your child and family such as home or child care by therapists and staff trained in child development.   
https://hhs.texas.gov/eci

Klaras Center for Families
https://www.hotrmhmr.org/services/child-and-adolescent-mental-health/klaras-center-for-families

Nurse Family Partnership Waco
https://www.bswhealth.com/locations/hillcrest/specialties/womens-health/Pages/nurse-family-partnership-program.aspx      
Call us if you are pregnant with your first child. We are a free program that will connect you with a registered nurse who will provide the support, advice and information you need to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy baby and be a great mom.  

Waco Independent School District - Parents as Teachers Program
https://www.wacoisd.org/
(254) 755-9473 ext. 2181
Call us if you are interested in looking at your child’s development and any challenges you may face as a parent through home visits, which are customized to meet the individual needs of your child and family. If you are a parent or guardian of a child, prenatal through school entry, and you live within the Waco ISD attendance zone, our home visiting program is free to you and your family.

STARRY Counseling 
http://www.starry.org/Site/Services/Counseling-Program/
(254) 399-6552
info.waco@starry.org
Call us when you need free counseling because of family conflict, family changes (divorce, separation, moving, new school), difficulty identifying or expressing feelings, or death of a loved one.  We offer free counseling for children & families.

STARRY Fatherhood Focus Program
(254) 244-2400
fatherhoodinfo@starry.org
Call us when you’re a father or male caregiver wanting counseling services and have a child up to 17 years old.