Parenting Resources

For Families logoParenting is the most challenging and rewarding job. There is a lot to learn about your child's development and behavior. This page is dedicated to listing resources for parents and caregivers. This page will be updated frequently. If you have any suggestions for parenting resources, email us at PreventionBoard@wisconsin.gov.


Resources on Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

  • Zero to Three website includes podcasts on behavior and development, tip sheets, other materials.
  • Text4Baby is a free parenting app that sends short blurbs of information for new parents via text messages.
  • Easter Seals, through support from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, provides parents with FREE access to the Ages & Stages Questionnaires®, Third Edition. This is a general developmental screening tool that parents can use to identify any questions or concerns regarding child's development. *Be sure to share the results of the questionnaire and any questions or concerns you have with your child’s doctor.
  • Parenting 24/7 website sponsored by the University of Illinois, contains resources for raising children and managing family life from birth through preschool, elementary, and teen years.
  • Parenthetical, an online site for parents of tweens and teens. Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW Extension, the site offers information about adolescent development and parenting tips.
  • Talking with Teens, an online site for parents of teens. The site provides parents knowledge and skills they need to begin and maintain two-way communication. Sponsored  by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Resources for Children's Social and Emotional Competence

  • PBS Kids whole child information shares the milestones of social emotional development and articles containing more in-depth information on individual milestones.
  • Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health (WI-AIMH) promotes the healthy social and emotional development of Wisconsin children from birth through age 5. In an effort to increase awareness and improve access to infant mental health care for infants, young children and their families across Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health has begun work on a Provider Directory by County. To see if there is a provider in your area click here.
  • The Parent Toolkit website has a section on social emotional developmental milestones across childhood.

Resources for Concrete Supports for Parents

  • There are ten Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) in Wisconsin ready to help you find child care that meets the needs of your family. The Supporting Families Together website helps find your local CCR&R to get you started on your child care search.
  • ACCESS is the state of Wisconsin’s online connection to programs for health, nutrition, and child care. Using this website you can check your eligibility for a variety of benefits available in Wisconsin, including BadgerCare Plus, Food Share and Wisconsin Shares, apply for the benefits you and your family are eligible for and use the login portal to maintain benefits.

Resources on the Protective Factors for Parents

  • 2016 Prevention Resource Guide with new updates on Protective Factors chapters, 21 tip sheets, updated activity calendars, and four new “Protective Factors in Practice” interactive scenarios to support and educate families  (in English and Spanish).