Internet Resources for Families

Local Resources

Community-Minded Enterprises:  A nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the capacity of communities to create a safer and more sustainable future. Includes health care access and comprehensive service referral programs. 

Spokane County Library District: Look at the "Kids/Teens" section for a variety of local programs.

Spokane Public Library: Select the Programs, Kids and Teens tabs for available resources. 

Spokane Regional WIC Programs: Provides pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 a variety of nutrition assistance.

State Resources

Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network:  Helping parents locate child care, build relationships with providers, and navigate parenting challenges. 

School Readiness; Washington State Child Care Resource and Referral Network: Head Start and ECEAP arecopmrehensive preschool programs that provide free services and support to eligible children and their families. The goal of both programs is to help ensure all Washington children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

Washington State Department of Early Learning:  Offers information and resources to parents about children's earliest years in life.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services: DSHS is the Department in Washington State government that deals with children and family issues.

Working Connections Child Care:  A DSHS program that helps working families in Washington pay for child care.

Division of Child Support: A resource page that includes fact sheets and information for parents regarding child support.

Washington State Department of Health: DOH is the Department in Washington State that deals with health issues. 

Immunization Program: A resources to help you make informed decisions on the importance of immunizations for your children.

WIC Nutrition Program: Provides pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5 a variety of nutrition assistance.

ParentHelp123:  Assists families in applying for health and food programs and with locating other resources in their communities.

Washington Fathers Network: Provides support and resources for fathers and families of children with developmental disabilities and chronic illnesses.

The Foundation for Early Learning:  Gives children a strong start to life and learning by supporting parents and caregivers as they guide their children through critical developmental years.

Access Washington: Provides a single portal to a broad variety of state government information and services. 


National Resources

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral (NACCRRA):  Offers a compilation of parent-focused programs, initiatives, and resources.

Child Care Aware:  Committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care in their community.

The Daily Parent: A newsletter for parents published by Child Care Aware.

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY): provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families.

Zero to Three:  A free educational resource for understanding early childhood development.

211:  A free service for finding food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more.

Born Learning:  Supporting parents to make the best possible decisions in boosting school readiness.

Common Sense Parenting:  Parenting advice that will help you deal with the day-to-day guidance and development of your child. 

Family Communications:  Best practices for healthy emotional, social, and intellectual development.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:  CPSC works to keep families safe by reducing the risk of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.


Advocacy Groups

Thrive by Five Washington:  Thrive by Five champions positive early learning opportunities for every child from birth to age 5, enabling their readiness to succeed in school and thrive in life.

Children’s Alliance:  A member-based advocacy organization dedicated to improving the safety, security, health and education of Washington's children.

Washington Learns:  Brings together business, community, education, government and minority leaders to transform our state's public education system.

Children’s Defense Fund:  Works for improved public policies for children through public education, research, state technical assistance and legislative and regulatory advocacy.

National Black Child Development Institute:  Focuses on issues and services in health, child welfare, education and child care/early childhood education to improve the lives of Black children and families.

The Center for Children with Special Needs:  Offers information and resources for parents who advocate and care for children with special health care needs.

National Parent Teacher Association:  Volunteer association seeking to unite home, school and community in promoting the education, health and safety of children.


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