Below is a list of agencies with information for parents and child care providers. Visit these sites and explore the wealth of information they have to offer. You will find:
- Health and nutrition facts
- Activities for children
- Parenting classes
- Provider education
- And much more!
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Important Phone Numbers
To Report Child Abuse call 1-800-342-3720
Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222
Suffolk County Women's Services: 631-853-5593
Protective Services for Adults: 631-854-319
Suffolk County Dept of Labor Employment Center: 631-853-6600
Child Support Enforcement Bureau: 1-888-208-4485
Nassau/Suffolk Law Services: 631-232-2400
2-1-1 Long Island Database has a list of more than 11,000 community service agencies. There are programs for people with disabilities, classes, doctors, hospitals, hotlines, housing, food pantries and more.
The American Library Association has great resources for both children and parents. There is suggested reading, software and websites for all ages.
Child Care Aware is the national network of child care resource and referral agencies. Their goal is to make sure that affordable, quality child care is available to all families. They have many resources for parents looking for child care. They also directs parents to local agencies that can help them find the right child care for their children.
Child Care Aware Parent Network is a free online community where everyone who cares about the quality of child care can interact and take action. Sign up for free newsletters and webinars.
Child Care Council of Nassau can help you find child care or become a child care provider if you live in Nassau County. You can reach them at 516-358-9250.
Child Health Plus is a New York State health insurance plan for children. Depending on your family's income, your child may be able to join this plan. Both Children's Medicaid and Child Health Plus are available through many insurance providers in New York. Call 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543) for more information.
Cornell Cooperative Extension provides information, training and support to parents and others who work with children, youth and families. Their Parenting Tips have short articles about caring for infants through young teens. They also have many parenting workshops offered in different locations on Long Island.
The Early Years Institute educates parents, professionals and the public about the importance of a child’s early years. It has resources to make sure that all children have what they need to succeed in life.
EarlyChildhood.org supports professional development. Its goal is to improve the quality of early childhood and school-age programs. This website has information for those thinking about a career in these areas. It also has information for providers looking to advance their careers.
Family Village is a web site for children and adults with disabilities. It is also for their families and friends. It has thousands of online resources. There is a library where visitors can find information on over 300 disabilities.
F-E-G-S (Federation Employment and Guidance Service, Inc.) provides training programs to people who need help learning or improving job skills. They have many different employment centers. These centers offer employment readiness counseling, job development and job placement.
Food & Nutrition (FAN) provides practical resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators and consumers. They can be reached at 631-789-9533.
The Health and Welfare Council of Long Island has information about free or low cost health insurance for children and adults. Depending on your income, health insurance may be free, or have a small monthly fee. You can call them at 516-483-1110.
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has the latest information on NAEYC's conferences and publications. It also has information on accreditation, advocacy, policy issues, and NAEYC membership.
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) works to support family child care providers. NAFCC promotes high-quality family child care through accreditation, leadership training, technical assistance, public education, and policy initiatives.
National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care 1-800-598-KIDS (5437) has information for parents and providers. It includes articles on healthy weight in children, day care regulations and other health and safety topics.
National Women's Law Center
The goal of this site is to protect and improve the progress of women and girls at work, in school, and in every part of their lives. They can help you with a variety of legal problems.
The New York State Office of Family & Children Services (OCFS) supports the well-being and safety of our children, families and communities. OCFS has many services including: foster care, adoption, child protective services, services for pregnant teenagers and child care regulations. Call them with questions at 631-342-7100.
Parents' Action for Children works closely with child development experts. They try to raise public awareness about healthy brain development. They also stress the importance of the time before birth through the first years of life. The website provides suggestions on how parents can help spread this information.
Suffolk County's website provides links to towns and villages. It also has resources for courts, transportation, employment, and the many other services that Suffolk County offers.
At the Trainings Strategy Group of SUNY child care providers can obtain EIP forms and explore various training opportunities.
Women, Infants, Children (WIC) offers nutrition education and breastfeeding support. They also provide nutritious foods to low-income pregnant women and mothers, and their infants and children up to age five. Their goal is to promote and support good health in children and families. You can call them at 631-853-3014.
Zero to Three is an organization whose goal is promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers.