The Laboratory for Children and Families

Child Development

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) administers the major federal programs that supportsocial services that promote the positive growth and development of children and youth and their families; protective services and shelter for children and youth in at-risk situations; child care for working families and families on public assistance; and adoption for children with special needs. These programs provide financial assistance to states, community-based organizations, and academic institutions to provide services, carry out research and demonstration activities and undertake training, technical assistance, and information dissemination.

Child Development Abstracts & Bibliography: Online Edition provides abstracts of articles on child development. This site is produced by the University of Chicago Press for the Society for Research in Child Development. Browse or search the abstracts of the latest and all available CDAB's.

The Child Development Institute Research Center provides information on parenting, child development, child psychology, learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia and reading and study skills improvement. You can find information on improving your child's learning ability, behavior and self-esteem, and a store with books, tapes, videos, educational games, software and complete learning systems on a wide range of subjects. There also are resources on child development, child psychology and parenting, from infants to teens, as well as development basics on physical, mental, speech, language and emotional growth in children and teenagers

Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) is a Web site dedicated to communicating information relating to the needs of children with disABILITIES on a global basis in order to provide valuable information for parents, family members, caregivers, friends, educators, and medical professionals who interact with children who have disabilities.

American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychology
Mental health facts for families is part of a pamphlet series by the American Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The site tries to educate parents and families about psychiatric disorders affecting children and adolescents.

The National Academy for Child Development takes a family centered approach to child development and education. The National Academy for Child Development is an international organization of parents and professionals. Find articles, resources and research at the site.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The NICHD conducts and supports laboratory, clinical and epidemiological research on the reproductive, neurobiological, developmental, and behavioral processes that determine and maintain the health of children, adults, families and populations.

Parent News is a resource for parents with information on health, news, homework, and more.

BabyCenter Resource Center includes a month by month guide to your child's first few years. This site also has a glossary and message board to post questions to other site-users and chat rooms. There also is a BabyCenter store included on this site.