Resources for parents and educators in Southington, Plantsville, Marion and Milldale
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States.
When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.
The previous National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.
Web Site: https://988lifeline.org/
American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 67,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Web Site: https://www.aap.org/
American Society for Deaf Children
The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) serves families with deaf children. Because more than 90 percent of Deaf children are born to hearing parents, ASDC has made it their mission to help those parents learn American Sign Language (ASL) so their whole family can communicate and connect with their Deaf child.
Web Site: https://deafchildren.org/
Applying Internet and Mobile technologies to provide a globally accessible platform which helps the autism community to manage practical day to day problems. Their goal is to improve the futures of all people with autism by making daily life more navigable.
Web Site: https://www.autismvillage.com/
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) is an organization that exists to provide aid, comfort, safety, and support for children that have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. They are dedicated to the principle that one of the basic rights of childhood is to be safe and protected, and when the child’s family or environment have failed them, they stand ready to provide it to them.
B.A.C.A. is a strong organization of dedicated individuals who are willing to sacrifice any and all in order to protect and secure a child’s basic right to a happy childhood.
Phone: Help Line: 860-420-7388
Web Site: https://connecticut.bacaworld.org/
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is the nation’s leading science-based, data-driven, service organization that protects the public’s health. For more than 70 years, they've put science into action to help children stay healthy so they can grow and learn; to help families, businesses, and communities fight disease and stay strong; and to protect the public’s health.
Web Site: https://www.cdc.gov/
Comfort Zone Camp
Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement camp for children who have lost a parent, primary care giver or sibling, ages 7-17. They provide camps all around the US, with the nearest ones around us being NJ, NY and MA. The camp is free of charged to the campers, and provide wonderful and healthy tools and resources for children to deal with their grief.
Web Site: https://comfortzonecamp.org/
Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy that are grounded in evidence and designed to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge and skills they need in these core subjects to succeed after high school. The CCSS were developed in a state-led process under the leadership of governors and chief state school officers with participation from 48 states. The process included the involvement of state departments of education, districts, teachers, community leaders, experts in a wide array of fields, and professional educator organizations.
Web Site: http://www.corestandards.org
DO-IT Academic Accommodation Resources for Students with Learning Disabilities
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education. DO-IT is a collaboration of UW Information Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of Washington.
Web Site: https://www.washington.edu/doit/academic-accommodations-students-learning-disabilities
Earth’s Natural Touch: Birth Care and Beyond
Earth's Natural Touch: Birth Care and Beyond is the largest Collective of Black / BIPOC Doulas and the largest Black Owned training organization of Doulas in Connecticut. They have Doulas in several states across the country and provide both In-Person and Virtual Doula services for Home birth, Hospital & Birth Center families.
-CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION & SUPPORT
-VIRTUAL PREGNANCY PARTNERS PROGRAM
-WOMB ROOM SERVICES
Web Site: https://earthsnaturaltouch.com/
empowerHER was formed in 2013 as a grassroots movement in a small coastal town in Massachusetts by founder Cara Belvin. In an effort to bring teenage girls together on Mother’s Day weekend, and simply build community for girls + women who could relate to the loss of their mothers, word quickly spread across the country. Today, empowerHER provides an integrated series of programming year-round, at no charge to the family, in the United States and the United Kingdom.
They now serve all children and young adults of any parent loss.
Events are community-based, volunteer-driven and non-therapeutic and serve to remind children that they are not alone in their grief.
Their mentor program consists of caring + strong adult role models who have also experienced parent loss and help show them that loss is survivable.
759 Chief Justice Cushing Highway #317
Phone: (617) 648-9559
Web Site: https://www.empoweringher.org/
Exceptional Family Needs Program
Support for military families with special needs family members is provided through the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Although each Service has its own EFMP, they all serve the same essential function: coordinating the assignment process to ensure special needs families are not sent to locations that lack adequate medical or educational resources. Installation EFMP programs offer support programs and provide families with information about and referral to local services. Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty service members who have dependent family members with ongoing medical, mental health, or special educational needs.
Web Site: https://www.militaryfamily.org/info-resources/efmp-special-needs/
Food Program USDA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management.
They have a vision to provide economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve our Nation's natural resources through conservation, restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.
Web Site: https://www.fns.usda.gov/usda-foods
iD Tech Camp
A summer tech camp for ages 7–18 at Stanford, MIT, and 150 top campuses. Become a coder, game developer, engineer, or designer.
CT locations include Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Wesleyan University in Middletown, Trinity College in Hartford, and Fairfield University in Fairfield.
Day and overnight programs are available.
Web Site: https://www.idtech.com/
National Program for Playground Safety
The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) leads projects that increase quality and safety of play environments for the health and well-being of children. They offer comprehensive training to educators and advocates, undertake collaborative projects that improve research and support the development of best practices regarding safe and inclusive play environments, and advocate for policies that improve the quality of programs and the lives of children.
Web Site: https://playgroundsafety.org/
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global nonprofit dedicated to protecting kids from preventable injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States and a global epidemic around the world.
Safe Kids works with more than 400 network members in the U.S. and partners in 33 countries to keep kids safe at home, on the road and at play. They educate families, raise awareness, create safer environments and advocate for improved laws to protect children.
Web Site: https://www.safekids.org/
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit on a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder.
Web Site: https://sesameworkshop.org/topics/autism/
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works to save lives and keep families safe by reducing the unreasonable risk of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products and fulfilling its vision to be the recognized global leader in consumer product safety.
- Issuing and enforcing mandatory standards or banning consumer products if no feasible standard would adequately protect the public;
- Obtaining the recall of products and arranging for a repair, replacement or refund for recalled products;
- Researching potential product hazards;
- Developing voluntary standards with standards organizations, manufacturers and businesses;
- Informing and educating consumers directly and through traditional, online, and social media and by working with foreign, state and local governments and private organizations; and
- Educating manufacturers worldwide about our regulations, supply chain integrity and development of safe products.
Web Site: https://www.cpsc.gov/
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
EPA presents providers, parents and government agencies with resources to identify and reduce children’s exposure to pollutants that may be present in child care facilities.
Web Site: https://www.epa.gov/childcare