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Parent Resources

If you are looking for specific local services or pursuing a general "research" topic as a concerned parent, we have assembled some helpful links below to assist you. If you are looking for direct help and services in our community, please go to the Whole Child Connection to fill out a profile and begin contacting local providers for those services you need.

The general categories to the links below are listed alphabetically. Please feel free to contact us if you encounter sites we have not included that you think would enrich this listing.


Adoptive Families online magazine
Adopt Florida or call 1-800-96-adopt

Alcohol & Drug Addiction
Alcoholics Anonymous local meeting access
Cocaine Anonymous in Florida
Alcohol Awareness Council
Drug Free Manatee

Regulation and Links


Child Welfare
Center for Child Welfare
Child Welfare Information

Community Information
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce
Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce
Manatee County
Manatee County Sheriff's Office
City of Bradenton
Lakewood Ranch
City of Palmetto
City of Anna Maria
City of Holmes Beach
City of Bradenton Beach
Things To Do In Manatee County
Monthly Activities in Manatee Neighborhoods
Milestones In Action

Culture, Arts & Science Activities
County Conservation Activities
National Gallery of Art for Kids online
National Geographic Kids
Free Kids Music
Kids Public Radio
Music Learning website of the San Francisco Symphony
Publix' Preschool Pals
South Florida Museum
Village of the Arts
ArtCenter Manatee
Ringling Museum of Art

Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Assistance
Manatee Red Cross
Manatee County Government
United Way Community Helpline or by phone: dial 2-1-1 or (941) 308-4357 by cell

Disabilities & Special Needs
Learning Disabilities
Agency for Persons with Disabilities -- state level
Family Network on Disabilities family support
About Autism in Toddlers
Cerebral Palsy Guide

Education -- Child & Adult
Office of Early Learning
Countywide Listings and General Information from Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Rating and comparison system for schools by zip code & Parent tips
Everything PreSchool
Noggin now Nick Jr.
Growing Great Kids & Super Teens
Local GED Programs
Manatee County Library
Manatee County School District
Nursing Programs 1
Nursing Programs 2
College Resource Center

Keep Manatee Beautiful
Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources

Faith Based Organizations

Manatee Chamber listings
Manatee Religious Services
-- a partnership of over 200 churches in Manatee County: call (941)752-4271 or (941) 752-4344

Financial Literacy
My Money.gov
Internal Revenue Service
All Ages
High School Age
Tax Guide for Immigrants
Saving Tips/Brochures About Money Management
Personal Finance Guide
Money Education For Children, Students And The General Public
Money Geek
Kid's Guide
Fully Accessible Financial Info
Free Credit Report Impostors
Annual Credit Report

Florida Benefits Applications

Food Stability
Manatee Schools Free & Reduced Lunch Benefit
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition
Food Stamps/Medicaid/Cash Assistance
Click attached document to download the list of
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP);
Local Manatee County USDA/TEFAP Sites

Physicians Referral Service: 1-800-454-8215
Prescription Drug Savings Card
Emergency medication assistance for all Manatee County Residents: (941) 749-3030
Florida Health Finder
Kids Health
National Women's Health Information
Planned Parenthood
Local Hospitals
Children's Health Insurance
Kids' Guide to Health & Safety
Health Insurance
Playground Safety and First Aid Tips

Homes and Communities
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Home Safety
Mortage relief for Florida homeowners
My Safe Home
Local One Stop Housing

Kinship Support

AARP's Grandparenting information and resources page
Grandparents as Parents

Military Information, all branches
Military Resources for Families
Resources for Infants and Toddlers: English and Spanish
Manatee County Veteran's Services
Turning Points
Special Needs

Multiple Resource Offerings
Harllee Full Service Family Center
Turning Points
Women's Resource Center of Manatee County

Parent Information
Public Broadcasting Service' Parents
Immigrant Parent Information
Nutrition for Preschoolers
Manatee County School Information: (941) 708-4971
Parental Involvement
Zero to Three
Challenging Behaviors
Safe Sleep
Developmental Tips & Literature
Car Seat Safety
Developmental Tips & Literature

Public Transportation
MCAT Bus Service

Teen Pregnancy Prevention
GAPS Program
Iron Sharpening Iron
PACE Center for Girls
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