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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Resource and Referral
- a free, customized listing of legally operating child care programs is Blount, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties
- call (205) 252-1991 ext. 317 to speak to a trained consultant (available 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday - Friday) or
- go on-line and complete your own search (If completing your search on-line, please read our tip sheet for help with your search) or
- complete a search request form
- advice on what to look for when you visit child care programs
- educational information and materials about child health and safety and child development in each referral packet
- financial Assistance information available for families (local, state and federal resources listed)
If you live outside our service area, visit Child Care Aware.
Parent Education @ Work
The Parent Education @ Work program is offered at no charge to area businesses at their work-site. Designed to support working parents of young children, our Parent Education Specialist leads 10 group sessions on various topics on child development, healthy parenting practices, and building stronger families. To participate, please contact Allison Strain at (205) 252-1991 ext. 329.
Opportunities Available in the Community
The Exchange Club Family Skills Center offers the following services in the Birmingham/ Jefferson County area: positive parenting groups, anger management groups (for adults and teens) and Parents as Teachers. To learn more, visit The Exchange Club Family Skills Center.
Parent Learning Sessions in Shelby County
Shelby County Children's Policy Council announces Parent Learning Sessions, held at The Arc of Shelby County, Thursday nights from 6 to 7 pm, March 28 through May 2, 2013.
In collaboration with Alabama Public Television and Talaris Research Institute, Childcare Resources is pleased to offer free Parenting Counts training workshops for parent groups. If you are interested in scheduling a Parenting Counts workshop at your family's child care program, speak with your Director. Directors can schedule this on-site training by calling Beverly Cook at (205) 252-1991, ext. 315.
Mini-Workshops (1.5 hours)
Testing 1, 2, 3
Full-Length Workshops (1.5-2.5 hours)
School Readiness “Most parents watch proudly as their 5-year-old grabs her backpack and heads out the door to her first day of kindergarten—her “official” start into the world of education and learning. Few might imagine that their child has actually been preparing for this day since she first opened her eyes” to read the article published by Zero to Three,
a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Blueprint for School Readiness, a guide that shows what children need to be successful in kindergarten and a Parent's Checklist for helping a child succeed in kindergarten.
Una lista para ayudar a los padres para que su niño sea exitoso en el kindergarten.
Child Care Aware, a program of the National Association of Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), is committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. For Parent Resources, visit
This information is intended for referral purposes only. Childcare Resources does not warrant the information concerning any provider nor do we license, endorse, rate or recommend any particular provider. Only you can determine whether the quality of care is appropriate for your child(ren).
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