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Resources

Sources of Help and Information for Parents

Here is a complete list of contact information for the resources mentioned throughout this online California Parent Guide. Websites can be accessed by clicking on a resource's name. Phone numbers were current at the time of publication. Check a resource's website or call directory assistance for updated phone numbers.

If you are deaf or have a speech disability, you can use the relay service, 7-1-1. To learn more, visit ddtp.cpuc.ca.gov.

Spanish information available, except where noted by this symbol: 🔺

Disability

California Department of Developmental Services Regional Center
Help finding services for children with developmental disabilities.
California Department of Social Services
Contact information for county social services offices.
California Early Start
Services for babies and toddlers at risk of disability or who have a disability.
California Employment Development Department
Information on State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave: These provide time off to care for a new baby or other family members.
California Independent Living Centers
Community-based help for people with disabilities.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Help with discipline problems and parent stress; child abuse prevention.
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP)
Free relay services and phone equipment for deaf and disabled Californians.
Disability Rights California
Help with legal issues and getting services for people with disabilities.
Early Start Family Resource Centers
Support for families of children with disabilities.
IMAlive
Suicide prevention and mental health support provided by volunteers via online chat.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Education and support for people with mental illness and their families.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Information and resources for missing and exploited children.
National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability
Fitness and sports for people with disabilities.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Help for victims of domestic violence.
National Parent Helpline
Emotional and practical support for parents and caregivers.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Support and referrals to local resources.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
24-hour phone access to trained counselors and local crisis centers.
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Support, information, resources, and live chat.
Organizations for parents
List of California agencies providing resources for families of children with disabilities.
Postpartum Support International
24-hour support for new mothers with depression.
Social Security Administration
Information on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Through the Looking Glass
Information for parents with disabilities.

Emotional Health and Violence Prevention

California Child Abuse Reporting
24-hour hotlines for reporting child abuse or neglect in each county.
California Department of Social Services
Contact information for county social services offices.
SAMHSA National Helpline
24-hour confidential treatment referral and information service.

Food and Nutrition

CalFresh
California’s SNAP/food stamps program; food aid for people with low incomes.
California 2-1-1
Information and referral to services, including food assistance and disaster help.
California WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)
Advice and classes on breastfeeding and healthy eating; food coupons for women with low incomes.
Choose My Plate
Information on healthy eating.
Food Bank Finder
Search for a California food bank.
Foodsafety.gov
Information on how to keep and prepare food safely, as well as food recalls.
Nutrition.gov
Information on healthy eating.

Health and Insurance

California Children’s Services
Health care for children with certain diseases or health problems
California Dental Association
Help finding low-cost dental services.
California Department of Insurance
Help filing an appeal with your health insurance company.
California Department of Managed Health Care
Information about and help with health insurance.
California Department of Social Services
Contact information for county social services offices.
California Employment Development Department
Information on State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave: These provide time off to care for a new baby or other family members.
California Immunization Registry
Help with finding immunization records.
Centers for Disease Control
Information for parents on child development, vaccines, food safety, and more.
Covered California (California’s Affordable Care Act Program)
Help with buying private health insurance or enrolling in Medi-Cal.
Environmental Protection Agency
Tips on protecting children.
Family PACT
Referrals for family planning services.
Find a Dentist
Search tool for finding dentists who see children and accept Medi-Cal dental insurance.
For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children
Background information on vaccines from the Centers for Disease Control.
Healthfinder.gov
Easy-to-use health information website.
Healthy Children
Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics on children’s health, safety, and well-being.
Immunization Branch
Information about vaccines from the California Department of Public Health.
KidsHealth
Information on children’s health.
KidsHealth Asthma Center
Information on living with asthma.
Medi-Cal
Health insurance if your income is low.
Medi-Cal Access Program
Low-cost health insurance for middle-income pregnant women.
Newborn Hearing Screening
Local referrals for newborn hearing tests.
Newborn Screening Program
Information on newborn health tests.
Office of Women’s Health
Information on women’s health, including a national health line.
Planned Parenthood
Local referrals for birth control, prenatal care, and sexual health.
Shots for School
List of vaccines needed before starting school in California.
Social Security Administration
Information on Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
What to Do If Your Child Gets Sick
Book about common childhood health problems, included in Kit for New Parents.

Learning and Technology

California School Directory
Online search tool; information about school.
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Information on how advertising works and sensible media use.
Common Sense Media
Reviews and ratings for kids' shows, websites, and programs.
Kindergarten Frequently Asked Questions
Information about starting school in California.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Information on quality child care, help finding child care.
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Information on learning disabilities.
Talking Is Teaching
Information, videos, and tips for talking, reading, and singing with your child.
Zero to Three
Information on early childhood.

Pregnancy, Childhood, and Child Care

CalWorks Child Care
Help paying for child care or preschool.
California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
Help finding child care
California Department of Social Services
Contact information for county social services offices.
California Kinship Navigator Program
Help for people who care for the child of a relative, like grandparents raising grandchildren.
First 5 California
Referrals to family services and home visits, from local First 5 commissions.
Head Start/Early Head Start online locator
Search tool for Head Start centers nationwide.
Healthy Families America
Home visits for new parents.
La Leche League
Information and advice on breastfeeding.
La Leche League Breastfeeding Helpline
Breastfeeding Helpline
March of Dimes
Information on prenatal care.
National Council for Adoption
Information and support for adoptive families.
National Women's Health and Breastfeeding Helpline
Telephone support from the Federal Office on Women's Health.
Nurse-Family Partnership
Home visits for new parents.
Pathways
Information on early childhood development, parent hotline.
TrustLine
Background checks of in-home child care providers.

Safety and Emergencies

American Heart Association
Information and classes on first aid and CPR.
American Red Cross
Information on preparing for disasters and help after a disaster.
Be Prepared California
Help with disaster preparedness.
California Poison Control Hotline
Free, confidential help and advice about poisons 24 hours a day.
Child Safety Seats
Information from the highway patrol on how to secure your child in a car seat; includes child safety videos.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
How to prepare for and deal with disasters.
Kids and Cars
Information about keeping children safe around vehicles.
Lead Hotline
Help to prevent lead poisoning.
Poison Control Hotline
Emergency help for victims of poisoning.
Safe Kids California
How to prevent childhood injuries.
Safercar.gov
Information on car safety for parents, including car seats.
Seat Check
Where to get your car seat checked, information on choosing and using a car seat.
Vehicle Safety Hotline
Information on car and highway safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Substance Abuse

Al-Anon
Free support groups for family and friends of people who abuse alcohol or drugs.
Alcohol and Drug Programs County Directory
Listing of alcohol and drug treatment programs by county.
Alcoholics Anonymous
Help to stop drinking.
American Lung Association
Help to stop smoking.
California Smokers’ Helpline
Free help in multiple languages to stop smoking.
Narcotics Anonymous
Help to stop taking drugs.
National Alcohol & Drug Information
Information and referrals for substance abuse and mental health treatment.