Pivotal Parenting Point 
Doris  I. Mangrum





East Bay Center for the Performing Arts – is a nationally recognized arts training educational institution and community arts center. www.eastbaycenter.org


East Bay Regional Park District  - lists information about parks to visit in the East Bay. www.ebparks.org


Kids Ed Ventures – provides information about educational places to go, things to do, and classes to take around the San Francisco Bay. www.kidsedventures.com


Luna Kids Dance – is a comprehensive organization designed to deepen and broaden the creative abilities of children through thoughtful inquiry-based projects and those of adults through our professional development services.  www.lunakidsdance.com


Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts – preserves and develops Latino cultural arts, offering dance, music and art classes, live performance, and theater in San Francisco. www.missionculturalcenter.org


Playborhood – is an online community for parents who want their children to go outside and play, but are frustrated with the lack of opportunities.  The site reflects on why children to go outside and play, but are frustrated with the lack of opportunities.  The sites reflects on why children don’t play, the problems it creates in children’s lives, and bright spots where communities have found solutions to this problem.  www.playborhood.com 


Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center – offers tours and understanding of San Francisco’s beautiful murals, and offers art classes for toddlers, children and youth.  www.precitaeyes.org


Science Project Ideas – offers great ideas for science projects you can do with kids at home.  www.scienceprojectlab.com


Recess Urban Recreation – provides a play and learning environment for children while parents can join in relax, meet friends and do the things they otherwise never have time to do.  Located in San Francisco.  www.recessurbanrecreation.com


Richmond Art Center – is an established art center offering exhibitions, education and in-school programs to inspire active engagement in the visual arts in Richmond.  www.therichmondartcenter.org    


Studio Grow  is a clean safe, educational play space in Berkeley for young children and their parents to explore and enjoy. www.studiogrow.com


TOP Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) - is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. www.deltasoccer.org


Sadie Dey’s Café  - includes a play area for young children 0 – 5 years, a lunch menu of salads, sandwiches and snacks, a café with WIFI, and parent classes and workshops,.  Located in Oakland.  www.sadiedeyscafe.com







The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  - provides information and fact sheets on child and adolescent psychiatry and behavior problems.



The Preventive Ounce – Temperament is a person’s behavioral style and every child has a unique one of their own.  www.preventiveoz.org


Early Child Development  - A national campaign to raise awareness about childhood issues.  www.worldbank.org  


 Children with Special Needs 

Department of Developmental Services – provides a full range of services for your child.  www.dds.ca.gov 

 Children’s Disabilities Information - provides articles and resources empowering parents of children with special needs.  www.childrensdisabilities.info  

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund(DREDF)
– is a national law and policy center  dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. DREDF provides articles, guidance and link for a wide variety of disability rights issues.  www.dredf.org  

Friendly Backyard for Children  - https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/disability-friendly-backyard-for-kids/

Online Handbook for Special Needs Parenting - provides a broad range resources for parents of children with special needs. http://phdinspecialeducation.com/special-needs-parenting-handbook/


The National Autism Association – California Chapter - provides support, advocacy, resources and information for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families living West Contra Costa and West Alameda Counties. 


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities – provides English and Spanish parent information especially for parents of special needs children. www.nichy.org


Parent Education Network  - is a coalition of parent collaborating with educators and the community to help bring academic success to students with learning and attention difficulties. www.parenteducationnetwork.org


Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation – offers resources and information to help families and professional improve the quality of life for people with Sensory Processing Disorder. www.spdfoundation.net


Support for Families of Children With Disabilities – offers information, education and parent-to-parent support free to families of children with any kind of disability or special health care need in San Francisco.  www.supportforfamilies.org


Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc. – provides information for children and families affected by tics and Tourette syndrome. www.tsa-usa.org


Through the Looking Glass  - is a nationally recognized center for research, training, and services for families with a child, parent or grandparent with a disability.  www.lookingglass.org


Wrightslaw – provides accurate, reliable information abut special education law and advocacy for children with disabilities.   www.wrightslaw.com

Legal Resources for Special Needs

Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling

Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive

Teacher Resources for Special Needs

Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs

Disability and Credit Scores

Disability Resources from the Department of Labor

Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home

Financial Planning for Special Needs













Divorce and Step Up Parenting BONUS FAMILIES – an organization dedicated to peaceful coexistence between divorced or separated parents and their new families.  Includes some local counseling resources.  www.bonusfamilies.com 

Kids’ Turn – this site offers practical help for dealing with the impact of divorce for both children and their parents.  www.kidsturn.org

  STEP FAMILY ASSOCIATION s a national, non-profit organization dedicated to successful stepfamily living and provides educational information and resources.  www.stepfamilies.info 





The Center for a New American Dream – aims to help Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment enhance quality of life and promote social justice. www.newdream.org


Hooked on Nature – provides workshops and resource materials to help children ad adults connect with the natural world. www.hookedonnature.org


Making our Milk Safe –(MOMS) is a community of mothers working to protect the health of babies by eliminated the growing threat of toxic chemicals and industrial pollutants in human breast milk. www.safemilk.org


Physicians for  Social Responsibility – devotes a section of its website to environmental and health issues.  www.psr.org


Story of Stuff – cleverly explores the global economy and its impact on health and the environment.  The site also offers a wealth of resources.  www.storyofstuff.com



Boot Camp for Dads
– gives practical advice and provides information for new dads. 


East Bay Dads – is a free group that welcomes all fathers with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in the Oakland/Berkeley area.  www.eastbaydads.com


Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County –address and supports the importance of men and fathers taking an active role in the well being of children and families.  www.fatherhoodcollaborative.org


At Home Dad is an online resource for stay-at-home dad and provides links to resources about fatherhood. www.athomedad.org







A Better Way – is an adoption and foster care program in Berkeley that offers children an array of foster care, adoptive, therapeutic an educational services. www.abetterwayinc.net


Adopt A Special Kid   - provides education and support services to adoptive and foster families and children and helps families find ways to lower the cost around adoption.  www.adoptaspecialkid.org


Black Adoption Placement and Research Center  - is an adoption and foster family agency dedicated to recruiting permanent loving families from the community from which the disproportionate number of waiting children come – the African American community. www.baprc.org   


Families First – handles foster care, adoption, and other challenges affecting families with office in Sacramento, Davis, Stockton Modesto, Oakland, Campbell, Hercules, San Leandro and Fresno.  www.adopting.com


Families/Individuals Dealing With   SEPARATION
by Incarceration/Military Deployment

Doris I. Mangrum - www.dorisimangrum.com 

Saidiana Productions - creates various literature,  arts and media productions as well as  family training programs examining the effects of incarceration, deployment  on children, youth, families and communities – and to rally support for this often forgotten group.

The Gamble Institute -
provides support and services for parolees in Alameda County. www.gambleinstitute.org

Project What - This amazing program is led by youth who have had an incarcerated parent. http://www.communityworkswest.org



Dr. Toy
– An in-depth look at the best toys and products for children, as evaluated by child development expert Dr. Stevanne Auerbach.


EARN – works to help families break the cycle of poverty by matching the savings of low-wage workers and helping them invest in assets that build wealth, creating a cycle of posterity across generations.  www.sfearn.org


Parenthood – offers hundred of articles and resource links. www.parenthood.com


Parent Place A program of Jewish Family and Children’s Services offers resources, classes, and support for families with children of all ages, including workshops, adult, child and family counseling, a parenting resource library and tutor/mentor programs.  www.parentsplaceonline.org


Virtue Toys – is a place to find resources for character education, character lessons, character development for kids.  www.virtuetoys.com


 Grandparents as Caregivers

Grandparent Information Center
- of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website offers information on local support groups and a newsletter for grandparent caregivers.  www.aarp.org 

 Kinship Care Program  is a part of the Edgewood Children’s Center and offers help for caregivers and their children. www.edgewoodcenter.org 

 Generations United  - is a national organization that provides information and resources to grandparents.  www.gu.org  


Grief and  Bereavement Counseling

This site provides 115 helpful pages dedicated to grief and bereavement counseling.
It contains grief resources on grief centers and care providers, grief
blogs, child loss, grief resources, widow and widower grief sites.


Resources for Healthier Children

10 Ways to Promote Kids’ Healthy Eating Habits

Gardening at Home with Kids

Boosting the Iron in Your Toddler’s Diet

10 Processed Foods to Never Feed Your Kids

A Family Affair: The Science Behind Creating Culinary Masterpieces with Your Young Chef

Finger-Licking Recipes That Will Sort Out Your Fussy-Eating Toddler

25 Fun and Healthy Snacks for Kids

7 Ways to Help a Picky Eater with Autism

Eating Disorders: What Families Need to Know

Top 10 Ways to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy


Healthy Living

Smoking and cancer information - National Cancer Institute - http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/tobacco/smoking/

This site shares information concerning the effects of smoking on health outcomes.
http://quitsmokingcommunity.org /


Homework Support
7 Ways to Make Homework More Fun
Making Learning Fun in Your Homeschool
5 Technologies to Make Homework More Accessible
How to Utilize Video Conferencing in the Classroom
15 Homework Tips for ADHD Students: Solutions at Home and in the Classroom
22 Dog-Themed Lesson Plans for Teachers
Ready, Set, Play! How Games Can Help Kids Who Struggle With Math
A Helpful Collection of Calculators for Teachers & Students
Science Lesson Plans for Teachers
The Ultimate Guide to Satellites for Educators: 35 Lesson Plans and Activities for K-12
Art Resources for Teachers
Make a Splash in the Classroom: A Hands-On Curriculum with Lessons and Activities on Swimming and Pools
The Biology Corner | Lesson Plans
Writing Strategies | Free Lesson Plans for Teachers
Engineering the Future: The Educator’s Guide to Building and Construction




Language and Speech Development

Baby Signs – presents easy to read information for parents interested in communicating wit their babies in the 4 – 7 month age range by signing. www.babies-and-sign-language.com


Stuttering Foundation of America – list free and low cost information and referrals for parents, teachers and individuals who stutter.  www.stutterhelp.com


Westutter.org  - is a national self-help/support organization for adults and children who stutter, their families and the professionals who work with them.  www.westutter.org


Learning Differences

– (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a national non-profit organization serving individual with AD/HD and their families. www.chadd.org


Disability Rights and Education Fund (DREDF) – advocates for the civil and human rights of persons with disabilities. www.dredf.org


The International Dyslexia Association  - promotes literacy through research, education and advocacy. www.interdys.org  


Literacy and School Readiness 

Bring Me A Book
 - is an organization committed to ensuring that all children are exposed to high quality children’s literature during the first years of their lives.  www.bringmeabook.org


Center for Early Literacy Learning (CELL) – offers easy to understand parent guides for encouraging literacy in children. www.earlyliteracylearning.org


East Bay Children’s Book Project  - distributes books to East Bay children and their shelters, schools, community and daycare centers. www.grandlakenc.org

English Literacy Guidelines Answers   http://english.answers.com

Literacy Information - http://lincs.ed.gov

Raising a Reader – offers early literacy programs.  www.raisingareader.org


Reach Out and Read – offers literacy programs and classes.  www.reachoutandread.org


  Media and Children 

BlogSafety.net – is a public forum about safety on the Internet, also offering tips and advice. www.blogsafety.net 

SafeKids.com  - aims to help children and their parents learn safe habits for internet use. www.safekids.com



Bay Area Discovery Museum - indoor/outdoor children’s museum in Sausalito offering a full range of programs for children.  www.baykidsmuseum.org


Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco  is dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of cartoon art in all its forms..  www.cartoonart.org


Children’s Discovery Museum  - offers interactive exhibits promoting creativity and learning for children from toddlers to pre-teens. www.cdm.org


Coyote Point Museum – in San Mateo offers engaging, educational experiences related to the global environment through activities involving wildlife, gardens and exhibitions.  www.coyoteptmuseum.org


The Exploratorium – is a hands-on science museum offering hundreds of interactive exhibits for ages 3 and up. www.exploratorium.edu


Habitot Children’s Museum – in Berkeley is designed for children age 7 years and under, offering hands-on exhibits, drop-in art studio and events geared to young children.



The Mexican Museum – is located in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center and celebrates Latino cultural expression and offers education programs for youth, adults and families. www.mexicanmuseum.org


Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA) – encourages hands-on learning through creativity and classes for children, particularly from low-income communities.  www.mocha.org


The Randall Museum – houses science, art and interactive exhibits and offers a wide variety of hands-on workshops for children.  www.randallmuseum.org


The Museum of Craft and Folk Art –provides innovative exhibitions and educational programs that are designed to connect with and inspire diverse communities.  www.mocfa.org


SafeTeens.com – aims to help teens and their parents learn safe habits for internet use.  www.safeteens.com



The Tech Museum of  Innovation  - focuses on how technology changes the way we work, live, play and learn and offers interactive exhibits for older children. www.thetech.org


Triton Museum of Art  - provides art education and community outreach to families in Santa Clara County.   www.tritonmuseum.org


Zeum – provides a hands-on environment for youth arts expression, particularly in media, performance, film and production.  www.zeum.org



  - is a regional collaborative of public and private organizations involved in nutrition and physical activity promotion for communities in the Bay Area.  www.banpac.org


National Eating Disorder Association – provides treatment referrals to those suffering from anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder and those concerned with body image and weight issues. www.nationaleatingdisorder.org



Girls Health
 - developed by the Office on Women’s Health to give girls ages 10-16 years reliable, current health information. www.girlshealth.gov


The Preteen Alliance – promotes the positive emotional and behavioral health of preteens, ages 9 – 13 years.  Presented by the Lucille Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. www.preteenalliance.org


Shaping Youth is a nonprofit that works to address harmful media messages geared at children and tweens.  www.shapingyouth.org

Health and safety resource guide for teens: www.dentalcarefrederick.com/health-safety-guide-for-teens/



 Single Parenting 

Parents Without Partners – is international in scope, and has local chapters, providing information guidance and support for single parents and their children. www.parentswithoutpartners.org

Grants for Single Moms




Low Vision Internet Access

Filtering Sensory Processing Issues At Home

Cleaner Indoor Air & Chemical Sensitivities Campaign

Home Modifications for Disabilities - C
lhecklists and Funding

Home Modifications and Selling Your Home

Special Needs Safety Near Construction Sites

Renters’ Rights for Tenants with Disabilities

Moving for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Finding Credible Medical Information and Advice

Playroom for Children with Autism



Support for Seniors

Eating for Your Brain as a Senior

Caregiver's Guide to Understanding Dementia Behaviors

Six Things Seniors Can Do To Improve Memory

Easy Ways Senior Can Boost Mental Health Well-Being








Guide to understanding the impact of childhood trauma.





Family Violence Prevention Fund
– offers resources for help, safety plans, and information about preventing violence with the home and in the community. www.endabuse.org


La Casa de las Madres  - offers shelter, counseling hotlines, advocacy, and additional support services for victims of domestic violence.  www.lacasadelasmadres.org


Nest Door Solutions to Domestic Violence – offers a full range of programs and services, from those that give immediate relief to families in need to proactive services that help women and families move their lives in healthy directions. www.nextdoor.org


STAND! Against Domestic Violence – provides prevention, intervention and treatment services including a 24-hour Crisis Line as well as community partnerships aimed at preventing violence through awareness and education of children, youth and adults. www.standagainstdv.org






































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