INFORMATION & REFERRAL
This ongoing service involves everyone on the staff at varying levels. We have found that information and referral is a consistently high need, from families needing support in finding food to needing a supportive person to talk through some difficult issues, requiring intensive staff time. Parents and other individuals call or drop in to talk with someone. All MFCC staff are knowledgeable on how to support families in accessing information about local, county and statewide services for families. Staff will make referrals and then follow up to insure needed services and supports were obtained.
Looking for a listing of local Child Care Providers? Start here:
Bright Futures State of Vermont Child Care Provider Directory http://www.brightfutures.dcf.state.vt.us Additionally, you can search licensed and registered child care providers based on their participation in the Vermont STARS program, which is a voluntary quality rating system that child care services can enroll in to demonstrate their commitment to quality and improvement. http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/stars
Parent and Child Services & Supports:
Vermont Parent/Child Center Network http://dcf.vermont.gov/cdd/contact_us/pcc
National Head Start Association http://www.nhsa.org
Vermont Department For Children & Families http://www.dcf.state.vt.us
Vermont Department of Education http://www.state.vt.us/educ
Childcare Resource http://www.childcareresource.org
LOCAL FAMILY ACTIVITIES & EVENTS:
click these links for local events and activities
Milton Town School District Web Site: http://www.mtsd-vt.org/
Milton Community Friends on Facebook: (Need to request to join the group, to keep out spammers)
The Milton Independent newspaper: http://www.miltonindependent.com
Vermont Craigslist (classifieds): http://burlington.craigslist.org
Find and Go Seek: http://www.findandgoseek.net
Local Motion: http://www.localmotion.org
LOCAL FAMILY SUPPORT AGENCIES
clicking each agency’s name will link you to their website
Vermont Adult Learning
(VAL) provides adults with essential skills education to further their educational, employment and personal goals in order to expand their options and capabilities in the family, community and workplace.
Vermont Family Network Vermont Family Network (VFN) promotes better health, education, and well-being for all children and families, with a focus on children and young adults with special needs. Vermont Family Network began in July, 2008, when Vermont Parent Information Center (VPIC) and Parent to Parent of Vermont merged. Since the merger, VFN has continued to offer the same support, services, and referrals to children and families that were once offered by VPIC and Parent to Parent.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering men, women, and teens high-quality, affordable medical care. One in four American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Providing immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the Federal Government.
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
SADD’s mission: To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
QuitNet is home to the world’s largest community of smokers and ex-smokers. Don’t go a day, or a minute, without help from other quitters.
US EPA Smoke Free Homes Breathing secondhand smoke can be harmful to children’s health including asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis and pneumonia and ear infections. You can become a child’s hero by keeping a smoke-free home and car. Secondhand smoke can cause children to suffer bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections and more severe asthma attacks. Read More About Health Effects Join the millions of people who are protecting their children from secondhand smoke
Quit Smoking Community: The Quit Smoking Community is a website that helps smokers quit. By combining unique guides with a supportive community, anything is possible.
ONLINE PARENTING RESOURCES:
Parenting Resources for the 21st Century
The site is part of a joint effort by several Federal agencies to promote a national agenda for children and foster positive youth development, and offers parents information on topics such as child care, education, health and safety.
The Center for Effective Parenting
This page, produced by The Center for Effective parenting is also funded under the US Dept. of Education’s Goals 2000 Initiative. There is very useful material here for both parents and parent educators on a wide variety of topics. They also host a well produced “Links” page.
Four categories of information: newborns, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged. Kid Source offers a variety of articles, products and services and links to other sites. Articles, are grouped by health, education, recreation, and parenting, using a five-star rating system.
This is a weekly electronic newsletter to which parents can subscribe. Parents can customize the articles to their child’s age, or their stage in pregnancy. It contains parenting-related articles, health information, articles on relationships, bulletin boards, chats, and an “ask the experts” section. You can also find fun topics such as recipes, baby names, and a cartoon of the day.
Another free weekly electronic newsletter offered to subscribers. This newsletter allows you to select a topic and read articles on this topic by experts in the field. Parents are invited to add their comments and read other parents comments in the “forum” section. Parents can also access articles, surveys, and chat with other parents during live and scheduled chats.
FBI — Parent Guide to Internet Safety
Helpful tips for parents to protect their children from pornography and online
The National Parenting Center
Advice from experts in a variety of fields relateing to parenting or children; chat rooms, newsletters, and reviewed products for children and parents.
Sesame Street Parents
Produced by the makers of Sesame Street, this site hosts articles for parents on child behavior/discipline issues, education, safety, health and family & community issues.
Search Institute and the National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF)
The National Institute on Media and the Family, a nationally recognized authority on media, was forced to close its doors at the end of 2009. After providing a great deal of useful research and resources to parents, teachers, and other caring adults for 13 years, NIMF began a new chapter in positive youth development as it transitioned to an exciting partnership with Search Institute.
Now, all of NIMF’s award-winning programs, including Say Yes to No, Switch, through-U, and MediaWise.org are available through Search Institute, where they will live on and continue helping families make positive, values-based decisions about technology and media.
Parenting articles and tips: Tips feature a variety of different subjects. You’ll also find a movie review section, and a bibliography, although the bibliography is not annotated. There are links for educators sites and links for kids to access to receive help in homework.
Lifeline benefit program. This is a government assistance program that can help provide crucial connectivity to families that would otherwise not be able to afford a mobile phone or landline. For info: http://www.verizonwireless.