Your Developing Child

Parenting is hard work and all families can use support from time to time. These websites share resources on child health and growth, parenting tips and more. Use them to support your own family or share them with the families in your life!

Online Resources

Click on a title below to reveal useful links.
All Ages


A young girl with Down syndrome is having fun with her mom.

  • Fact Oregon – Resources for families raising children with special needs.
  • ADDitude – For parents of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD) and learning challenges.
  • Autism Society of Oregon– Advocacy and support for families living with autism.

Health and Safety

  • Behavioral Health Focus – Washington County mental health resources
  • – Parent resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Topics include stages of child development, safety and prevention, and family life.
  • Immunizations and Health
  • – Health information for families. Available in Spanish and English.
  • Food Hero – Provides healthy recipes in English and Spanish. Sort recipes by categories such as “5 ingredients or less,or “kid-approved.” Sign up for a monthly family newsletter from Oregon State University’s Extension program.
  • Education on Marijuana – Includes effects for breastfeeding mothers and tips for talking with your teens.
  • Safe Kids Oregon works to prevent childhood injury.  This is the number one cause of death for children in the United States.
  • Child Abuse Resources – Everyone is responsible for reporting suspected child abuse. If you think someone is being hurt or is in danger, call 911. Child Protective Services (CPS) responds to child abuse reports.

Media use

Young students in class are working on computers.


Prenatal to 5
  • Text4baby is a free texting service for pregnant or new moms which sends texts three times per week. The texts consider the baby’s due date or birth date.  They are sent through pregnancy until the baby’s first birthday and are in English or Spanish. An app provides more resources on baby’s development, pregnancy, and childcare tips.
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early. – What to expect from children at different ages from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Early development milestones by age in both Spanish/English.I know the signs of healthy child development.
  • Brain Building Oregon – Resources for parents who want to build their children’s brains.
  • Vroom has over 1,000 brain-building activities accessed via a free Smartphone app called Daily Vroom. The app sends tips for each registered child ages 0 – 5 and is in English or Spanish. Vroom is also available by text, which works for cell phones with a text plan.  

Vroom helps parents become brainbuilders for their children.

6 to 12


A young father sends his daughter and son off to school.

  • Great Websites for Kids from the Association for Library Service to Children
  • is for parents of kids with learning and attention issues focused on school aged kids. It covers social and emotional topics.

Health and Wellness


  • PBSKids programs help kids learn and build critical thinking skills. The channel is free for TV antenna users statewide and through most cable providers.
  • Media topics (phone, social media, cyberbullying) from


  • Khan Academy has free practice exercises, learning videos and a customized dashboard to help students learn at their own pace. See Tips for Studying, including using technology.
  • Study Skills for middle school and older students
  • Online Homework Help from the Washington County Cooperative Library system. The HelpNow online program offers live tutoring and a writing lab. Home users require a library login.
  • Youth Source serves youth in southeast Washington County who have dropped out of school but want to work on their schooling.
  • Portland Community College Yes to College Program is for youth ages 16 – 20 from participating school districts.  Students who have dropped out of school or who will not graduate with their class may apply. The student must want to complete their GED (General Education Diploma) prior to college and career training.
  • GED (General Educational Diploma) preparation and testing are found at many locations in the Portland metro area.
  • Oregon Promise is a state grant that covers most tuition at any Oregon community college. It is for recent high school graduates and GED recipients.
  • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for college or career school

Health and Wellness

Physical and Sexual Health

A family of four is enjoying eating a meal together.

Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention

Life Skills and Supports


Teen Parenting

A young mother in a graduation cap and gown proudly holds her young child.