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Adoption

Adoptive Families (http://www.adoptivefamilies.com/)
Site for the award-winning national adoption magazine which is the leading adoption information source for families before, during, and after adoption.

Adoption.org (http://www.adopting.org/)
An extensive site for those seeking to become adoptive parents. Information about who can adopt, the homestudy, procedures, terms, options, costs, agencies, facilitators, and professionals for domestic and international adoptions.
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Baby Names

Baby Names (http://www.babynames.com/)
Want to find out what a name means? Or are you looking for a name for your new addition? This is the place to find it!
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Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding .com (http://www.breastfeeding.com/)
A site for mothers and nursing professionals who want advice and support on breastfeeding. Features tips for working mothers, research articles and message boards.

La Leche League- A Source for Breastfeeding Mothers (http://www.lllusa.org/)
La Leche League is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, education, information, and encouragement, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

The Pump Station (http://www.pumpstation.com)
Fill up on educational breastfeeding information at The Pump Station. Two lactation consultants have compiled tons of information and videos on breastfeeding and pumping. Plus they offer a variety of pumps, nursing bras, and other breastfeeding supplies..
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Father and daughter, looking at linksGreen And Eco-Conscious Websites

Consumer Reports Guide to Eco-Labels (http://www.greenerchoices.org/eco-labels/)
As the popularity of green product claims continues to grow, it's important to know which claims you can trust and which ones you can't.

Healthy Child Healthy World (http://www.healthychild.org/)
A resource for learning about the effects of the environment on kids. Has a "Daily Tips" section that will help you to reduce exposure to chemicals, toxins and pollutants for the benefit of your child's health, your health and the environment.

Dr. Greene (http://www.drgreene.com/)
No pun intended. Provides answers to your pediatric questions with a "GREEN" emphasis.

EPA- Environmental Protection Agency (http://www.epa.gov/)
Protecting the environment is everyone's responsibility, and starts with understanding the issues. Learn more about the EPA and how they protect you.

Pick-A-Park (http://www.pickapark.org/)
Created by the Long Island Nature Collaborative for Kids, a national project of The Early Years Institute to reconnect children and nature. Designed especially for young families it inventories about 700 parks and preserves. Just type in your zip code and pick a travel radius and it will list local parks and reserves that are child friendly.

National Institutes of Health- Household Products Database (http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/)
What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (http://www.safecosmetics.org)
Learn about categories of products of particular concern, plus look up safety rankings of the products you use with their Skin Deep database. Even has a section on baby care products.

Nourish Interactive (http://www.nourishinteractive.com/)
A fun site to learn about nutrition with interesting games for kids and interactive nutrition tools and tips for parents and educators.

Mothering Magazine (http://www.mothering.com)
Site for the magazine which promotes natural family living and practices.
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Medical Sites

American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org)
Extensive site for health topics on infants and children.

American Academy of Pediatrics Dentistry (http://www.aapd.org/)
This site offers brochures for parents that can be downloaded for free on various pediatric dental concerns.

Ask Dr. Sears (http://www.askdrsears.com/)
 A trusted resource for parents from the famous Husband and wife Doctor-Nurse team Dr Bill and Martha Sears. Together they have raised eight children, practiced pediatric medicine for more than 30 years, have  40+ pediatric books, articles in parenting magazines, and appearances on more than 100 television programs such as 20/20, Donahue, Good Morning America, Oprah, CBS This Morning, CNN, NBC's Today Show and Dateline.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccines & Immunizations (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site about vaccines. Offers information and vaccine schedule for kids.

FDA- Vaccines for Kids (http://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/KidS/html/vaccines.htm)
Food and Drug Administration's site about vaccines for kids.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (http://www.foodallergy.org/)
Nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing about a clearer understanding of the issues surrounding food allergies and providing helpful resources.

Head Lice.org (www.headlice.org)
Established in 1983, first and only non-profit health agency dedicated to head lice issues. Helps parents make informed decisions about safely caring for their children's head lice.

Kids Health (http://kidshealth.org/index.html)
An online source for parents with questions about their child's health.

PM Pediatrics (http://www.pmpediatrics.com/)
Conveniently located in Selden, NY, PM Pediatrics offers after hours urgent care for children thru age 21. Now there's another option to the emergency room with their ability to treat illnesses and injuries, infections, fractures and stitches, rapid tests and x-rays from their on-site lab. Open 365 days a year; Mon- Fri 5pm to midnight, Weekends & Holidays Noon- Midnight. Most insurances accepted.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services- Insure Kids Now! (http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/)
National website for the White House initiative to provide free or low-cost health insurance to children (18 years and under) who live in households with little or no income. Just click any state to find how their program works.

Web MD- Kids Health (http://children.webmd.com/default.htm)
What every parent needs to know about keeping your kids healthy.
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Parenting Sites

Child Care Council of Suffolk County (http://www.childcaresuffolk.org/)
Long Island's premier community service organization that works with parents, providers, businesses, and community organizations to help promote the availability of quality child care services in the area. They provide parents with referrals and information on evaluating quality child care, plus resources on various parenting issues.

Elizabeth Pantley (http://www.pantley.com/elizabeth/)
The author of the popular No Cry Sleep Solutions for Babies & Toddlers, No Cry Potty Training, and No Cry Discipline Solution has a website with some great ideas about childcare, especially sleep.

Just Mommies (http://www.justmommies.com/)
This site has a great message forum, you can join and contribute or just browse through topics. Plus has a feature that will e-mail you when a topic you are interested in comes up.

KinderStart (http://www.kinderstart.com/)
Because kids don't come with instructions... try Kinderstart the largest & most popular
search engine focused on children birth to age 7 for all your childhood concerns."

Long Island Kids Directory (http://www.yourlocalkids.com/)
The Long Island Kids' Directory can help you find almost anything for children and families in the area: baby furniture, clothing, great birthday party ideas, party supplies, enrichment programs, educational classes, summer camps, events, activities, private schools, photographers, health and safety products, home-based business opportunities, mommy & me play groups, toys and much more!"

NYS Kinship Care (http://www.nysnavigator.org/)
The Kinship Navigator is a statewide program operated by Catholic Family Center and specifically designed to provide information and resources to kinship caregivers across all of New York State.

Parents.com (http://www.parents.com/)
The online site for the magazines, American Baby, Parents, and Family Circle. Deals with pregnancy to newborns, toddlers and older children.

Parents for Megan's Law (http://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/)
Has information about Megan's Law and the Adam Walsh Protect Act. Offers a 24-hour hotline for assistance of victims of sexual abuse and crimes, counseling centers and educational programs. Has a sex offender search, an e-mail alert and a place to report offenders not complying with the law.

Working Mother (http://www.workingmother.com/?service=vpage/106)
Site for the magazine Working Mother which covers work and life issues important to career and family committed mothers.

LI Fun 4 Kids (http://www.lifun4kids.com/)
Long Island source of places for fun free affordable low cost weekend plans with the kids include arts, crafts, activities, beaches, clubs, camps, museums, zoos,
and more.

Macaroni Kid- Holbrook (http://holbrook.macaronikid.com/)
Macaroni Kid and its family of Publisher Moms are dedicated to delivering the scoop on all the family-friendly events and activities happening in their communities each week. Check out Macaroni Kid's list of communities and sign up to receive your free weekly newsletter.

Mommypoppins (http://mommypoppins.com/)
Get more out of NY with kids with this website that gives you kid-friendly ideas and destinations in NYC, LI, and Westchester. Also NJ, CT, Philly, Boston and Los Angeles.

Sachem Patch (http://patch.com/new-york/sachem
Keep up-to-date on local news and happening in Sachem.

Twins Magazine (http://www.twinsmagazine.com/)
Twins Magazine has been the premier national/international magazine specifically published for parents of twins, triplets and higher order multiples since 1984!
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Pregnancy

American Pregnancy Association (http://www.americanpregnancy.org/)
A website promoting pregnancy wellness and education with resources for getting pregnant, help during pregnancy and also preventing pregnancy.

Baby Center.com (http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy)
Has a pregnancy calendar and calculator, plus information on pregnancy stages and other maternity and parenting resources.

Mother Risk (http://www.motherisk.org)
Offers information on health topics for pregnant women and their unborn babies. Includes updates in new research, medications, and breastfeeding plus hotlines for important health issues.

Perinatal Support: Hospice Care Network (http://www.hospice-care-network.org/HospiceWeb/perinatal-support.cfm)
Hospice Care Network Offers a support program for parents whose unborn child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and who want to continue their pregnancy.

Pregnancy.com (http://www.pregnancy.com/)
A website all about pregnancy- related topics.

What to Expect When You're Expecting (http://www.whattoexpect.com/what-to-expect/landing-page.aspx)
The most popular book for pregnant mommies-to-be now is easily accessible online. Also has information from the other popular "What to Expect" books.
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Safety Issues

BNet Savvy (http://www.neahin.org/bnetsavvy/)
Offers tools for adults to help kids connect to the web safely by covering topics like social networking, wireless devices, gaming, cyberbulling, privacy and safety.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/)
List recalls of unsafe products, especially children's products and toys, and has a section to report an unsafe product. .

FDA Recalls (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm)
Keep abreast of any recalls by the Food & Drug Administration.

Fire Safety (http://www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/flash.shtm)
The one-stop information resource for residential fire safety and prevention information destributed by the Federal Government.

GHSA- Governors' Highway Safety Association (http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html)
The one-stop information resource for residential fire safety and prevention information destributed by the Federal Government.

Seat Check (http://www.seatcheck.org/)
Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death of children, ages 3-14. However, many of these deaths can be prevented through the proper use of child safety seats. This site offers tips and tools for proper installation of your car seat, lists car seat recalls, and car seat laws and even has a car seat Inspection Locator so you can find a place to have your car seat inspected for free to insure its safe.

Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/)
Common Sense Media helps parents make decision's about media and technology for their families. Information and advice is provided in a variety of formats including reviews, videos and lesson plans.

Stop Bullying Now! (http://stopbullying.gov/)
Here you'll find valuable resources about bullying awareness, prevention and intervention.
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School

At the Intersection of School & Home- Parent Corner (http://school.discoveryeducation.com/parents/)
Some kids look forward to school, while others are less than thrilled. This site offers parents tips and ideas on encouraging and motivating their children. Find links to homework help, fitting in, sibling rivalry and much more.

Common Core- State Standards Initiative (http://www.corestandards.org/)
Devoted to the task of defining Common Core State Standards, this site provides detailed definitions of what students are expected to learn.

EngageNY (https://www.engageny.org/)
EngageNY.org is developed and maintained by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the implementation of key aspects of the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This is the official web site for current materials and resources related to the Regents Reform Agenda. The agenda includes the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE), and Data-Driven Instruction (DDI).

Start with a Book (http://www.startwithabook.org/)
Themed books (fiction and nonfiction) and activities to engage children in reading and learning during the summer. Helpful literacy tips, resources and pintables for parents and caregivers. Read. Talk. Explore.

NYS Assessments (http://www.nysedregents.org/home.html#3-8)
The official site for the NYS assessment tests of kids in grades K-12.

New York State Office of Curriculum and Instruction (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/home.html)
The NY State Learning Standards and core curriculum guidance documents are the foundation upon which State assessments are developed and aligned. Accountability status for each local school and district is based on State assessment scores.

New York State School Report Cards (https://reportcards.nysed.gov/)
These reports are produced to inform the people of New York State about the recent performance of public schools. They are designed to provide information to the public on student performance and other measures of school and district performance. School reports are in Adobe® Acrobat® .PDF file format.

Sachem Central School District (http://www.sachem.edu/)
The official website for the Sachem School District has information about curriculum, district newsletters, school calendars, health information and alerts, and school closings. Find phone numbers, addresses and websites for all the elementary, middle & high school as well as district office and information about kindergarten registration.

PBS Parents- Going to School (http://www.pbs.org/parents/goingtoschool/)
Parents anticipating first day of school issues will find answers to common questions on this PBS site. Topics include talking with kids about school, what kids learn grade-by-grade, choosing a school, starting school, and the parent-teacher partnership.
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Special Needs Resources

Autism Society of America (http://www.autism-society.org/)
This site exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Autism Speaks (http://www.autismspeaks.org/)
Autism Speaks fundraises for research and is committed to promoting awareness and advocacy efforts in scientific finding and family services.

Autism Research Institute (http://www.autism.com/index.asp)
For more than 40 years, the Autism Research Institute (ARI) has been devoted to conducting research and disseminating the results of research on the topic of Autism. Provides research-based information to parents and professionals around the world.

Birth Injury Guide (http://www.birthinjuryguide.org//)
Offers comprehensive birth injury information, and has birth injury experts standing by to help you with any questions.

Child Mind Institute (http://www.childmind.org/)
Devoted to transforming mental health care for the world's children to enable them to reach their full potential.

Exceptional Parents Magazine (http://www.eparent.com)
The Family and Professional site for the Special Needs Community serving infants, children, adolescents and adults.

ADD Warehouse (http://addwarehouse.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/index.html)
Resource for the understanding and treatment of all developmental disorders, including ADHD and other related problems.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (http://www.ncld.org)
Online guide to essential information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, public policy and advocacy tools.

LD Online: The Interactive Guide to Learning Disabilities for Parents, Teachers and Children (http://www.ldonline.org)
Updated frequently, this site is a great place to stay current with the latest news and developments. Includes online newsletter and a bulletin board.
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Toys

Consumer Reports.org- Babies & Kids (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/babies-kids/index.htm?EXTKEY=SG72CR0&CMP=KNC-CROBRANDG&HBX_OU=50&HBX_PK=toys_consumer_reports)
Consumer Reports site for products for babies and kids.

Dr. Toy.com (http://www.drtoy.com/main/index.html)
This site is designed to help parents find safe and reliable toys for their children.

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (http://www.toyportfolio.com/)
A great source for solid, objectively reviewed toys for babies & toddlers.

Parents Choice Foundation (http://www.parents-choice.org/)
Selects, approves and gives awards for outstanding toys, media, and materials for babies and young children.

W.A.T.C.H- World Against Toys Causing Harm (http://toysafety.org/)
A source for information on toy safety, the latest recalls, tips for parents, and ways to keep kids safe.
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