Resources for New and Expectant Parents (in alphabetical order)
Little Elf Family Services is a member of BABI. BABI serves the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Peninsula region by bringing together resources for a healthy, positive birth experience. Visit them at http://www.bayareabirthinfo.org
"Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text." Find them at https://www.crisistextline.org/how-it-works/
"At First 5 California, we fund programs that educate parents, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers about the critical role they play during a child’s first five years." Their website has information about brain development, language development, reading, fine and gross motor skills, preschool, child care, and early math. Find them at http://www.first5california.com.
"FIRST WORDS®Project is a longitudinal research investigation in the Florida State University Autism Institute in the College of Medicine directed by Dr. Amy Wetherby. Our major goal is to identify early signs of developmental language disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and other communication delays in children from 9 to 24 months of age.
Through our research findings and resources provided on our website, we aim to improve screening tools and early detection of communication problems by maximizing the role of the family and to help families support their child’s development and access intervention services sooner." Find them at www.firstwordsproject.com.
We believe that advances in science provide a powerful source of new ideas focused on the early years of life. Founded in 2006, the Center catalyzes local, national, and international innovation in policy and practice focused on children and families. We design, test, and implement these ideas in collaboration with a broad network of research, practice, policy, community, and philanthropic leaders. Together, we seek transformational impacts on lifelong learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health." Find them at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/
"Las Madres began in 1953 when 12 mothers came together at a childbirth preparation class. The Las Madres mission is to provide neighborhood and community-wide forums for educational assistance and support for children and their parents or caregivers pertaining to parenting and early childhood mental, physical and social development." Find them at lasmadres.org.
"We build circles of moms who love each other like family. Women around the world are starting MOPS groups in churches, hospitals, YMCAs, homes, coffee shops, correctional facilities and on military bases around the world, and profound things are taking place.
Our gatherings are where moms can meet to share their hopes, fears and insights, in a format that works with their schedules, that doesn’t neglect their faith nor their womanhood, their motherhood nor their purpose, their heart nor their mind." Find them at mops.org.
Research has shown that the more words a child hears, the smarter they become. Talking is the easy part. Knowing is your baby is hearing enough? A little bit harder. Built by parents, for parents, the Starling by VersaMe™ processes your verbal engagements telling you just how many words your baby hears. Want to improve your word count? Set daily word goals and complete challenges. The Starling will help you with fun activities and tips. Talk, track and achieve with the Starling.
Information and support for families experiencing perinatal depression or anxiety in the south Bay Area. Visit them at http://supportingmamas.org
Zero To Three
Lara Elfstrand is a member of Zero to Three. ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Visit them at zerotothree.org.