Parenting & Community Resource Links

As a complement to our Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program, we are pleased to provide resource links on a variety of topics important for parents and children.

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A special place for children and their families where play and education connect through exploration and discovery.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers information on nutrition and health, from meal planning and prep to choices that can help prevent or manage health conditions and more.

If eligible, get help getting health care coverage, paying for groceries or child care costs, finding a job, or building your career skills.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) provides Information & Assistance services. This service is designed to support older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers and the general public to access up-to-date information about services that are available in their area.

Sheboygan County’s sexual health clinic provides a variety of confidential and free services including: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, abortion pill reversal, pre-abortion screening, post-abortion loss support and screening, STD/STI testing, parenting classes, referrals, and more.

Giving your child undivided attention can help build attachment and make discipline smoother.

Our devotion to education, research and the people we serve is centered upon one goal: connecting our patients, team members and communities to their health.

Offerings of a variety of classes to prepare parents for childbirth, breastfeeding, and more.

List of Autism resources.

The Autism Society of Greater Wisconsin offers an informational and referral phone line for individuals and families at any point in their journey with autism.

Learn how caregivers can follow a baby’s lead as they transition to solid foods by watching for signs of developmental readiness.

Picky Eating, Bedtime Fears, Meltdowns, Constant Crying, Sibling Rivalry: what’s a parent to do?

Mind in the Making is here to help you discover the skills that every child needs. We’ve researched the questions parents most frequently ask each other, their families and the professionals in their lives. And we’ve taken those questions and created 1-page guides for parents and professionals to help them turn common behavioral issues into opportunities to promote life skills in children.

The first three years are the most important building blocks of a child’s future. The Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program is an early intervention special education program. It helps children under the age of 3 who have delays or disabilities.

Bookworm Gardens is a vibrant, playful botanic garden located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and inspired by children’s literature, the natural world, and the imagination.

Have you ever heard the expression “flipping your lid?” Well, there’s a scientific explanation for it!

From infancy on, play is an important part of a child’s life. For babies and toddlers, simple, playful interactions with adults help develop sturdy brain architecture, the foundations of lifelong health, and the building blocks of resilience.

Bridgeway is a residential transitional living program for homeless single women with children. Bridgeway is designed to work with families living in instability by providing them with time and resources that are needed to create a lasting change.

Bright by Text is a nationwide text messaging service that helps parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight make the most of everyday interactions. Through free tips, information, games, and resources, Bright by Text is proven to build nurturing caregiver-child relationships, strengthen families, promote healthy child development, and improve school readiness.

Raising a child takes a village. Look here for podcasts, webinars, and more, designed to support your child- and you.

Everyone can feel dysregulated or stressed sometimes – those feelings are normal! Calm down boxes are a great tool to help your children, or yourself, regulate your body and mind so you can build resilience and cope during life’s most stressful moments.

If eligible, WETAP provides no-interest vehicle repair and purchase loans.

Find Sheboygan area community events to get involved in the community or find something fun for your family to do!

Find Plymouth area community events to get involved in the community or find something fun for your family to do!

The Children’s Community Options Program (CCOP) provides individual services to families with children who are diagnosed with severe disabilities. The Program recognizes that meeting the needs of children who have severe disabilities may place hardships on a family’s emotional, physical, and financial resources. The site links to various county resources.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) supports Wisconsin’s children in achieving their optimal social and emotional well-being.

This free, online, anonymous tool is here to help you navigate resources for a child you care about who has mental or behavioral health concerns.

Get tips and the tools to make informed choices about media and technology for your children.

The Sheboygan County Community Partnership for Children (CPC) is a community impact initiative of United Way that works to ensure parents and families have the supports and services they need to ensure their children are safe, healthy, reaching their developmental milestones on time and are ready for kindergarten.

CCCS provides education, counseling, advocacy, and financial management programs to help you find financial freedom. Some of the services they offer is housing guidance/classes, assistance in secure auto loans to those that qualify, budgeting and more.

Free, evidence-based tools and resources to help expectant parents monitor their baby’s well-being.

Get daily early literacy ideas to connect with your little one using fun and educational activities you can do together at home.

Learning begins long before children start school and teaching isn’t just for teachers.

No matter how we interact with young children – whether we’re first-time parents, grandparents or involved friends and neighbors – we all play an important role in giving them a great start.

The research-based Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines provide descriptions for what children can know and are able to do so that everyone who interacts with young children can prepare them for a lifetime of success.

Mistake Mondays is a short series where Dr. Bryson talks about discipline mistakes parents make regularly and what can be done instead.

These ideas come from the book NO-DRAMA DISCIPLINE, co-written with Dr. Dan Siegel.

Insight into what children and parent’s are both thinking when it comes to behaviors and discipline.

Learn why kids need discipline to know how to navigate the road of life.

Safe Harbor provides services to reach out to those affected by sexual assault and domestic abuse; provide support to those in crisis; and to educate individuals, families and the community, providing the tools needed to empower them to live lives free of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Wisconsin has many programs that, if eligible, can help you and your family; including assistance with food, childcare, healthcare, or employment assistance.

Nurture each child’s passion, curiosity, optimism, and educational success through a variety of activities, songs, etc.

Provides ways to engage in learning outside as well as a resource to deepen that learning.

Resources to help raise a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and Brave About Race.

Get one-on-one job search assistance and career guidance, along with job loss resources and more.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) assists eligible households with their heating and electric bills.

Epigenetics is the study of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work.

Family Connections is a child care resource & referral agency that supports and educates families and early childhood professionals to promote healthy child development and strengthen communities.

Be inspired to create your own game at home by viewing this short video. Game play provides a fun way to interact with your child while at the same time providing them with an opportunity to practice developmental skills.

Take time to be a positive and supporting part of your child’s life. The resources and links here are a great starting place to learn ideas and more about the benefits of becoming more involved in your child’s life. At every stage, your children can benefit from your involvement.

UW-Madison Division of Extension’s Financial Education program helps families and individuals across the state achieve financial well being – keeping pace with day-to-day expenses, reaching financial goals, planning for life’s unexpected events and securing their financial future.

While every family has challenges, they also have strengths that they can draw upon during difficult times. Understanding how to build upon your family’s strengths in five essential areas can help you feel more confident, less stressed and better connected to your children.

Laws and guidelines regarding pumping at work.

Assistance for very low-income rural Wisconsin residents at risk of homelessness with information, Security deposit when required to move, delinquent rent, mortgage when at risk of foreclosure and property taxes when at risk of losing your home.

Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunting game. Over 3 million cleverly hidden containers called geocaches are hidden all over the world just waiting to be found. Anyone can hunt for these treasures and can make for a great solo or family activity!

GLC works to permanently preserve and protect land and water resources for future generations.

This site helps you find books to capture the interest of your kids and motivate them to grow. They provide you with resources to reach all your little budding readers, helping your kids become successful readers, who will love to read.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home by providing the opportunity for low-to-moderate income homebuyers to purchase an affordable home through Habitat or by providing critical home repairs and updates to current homeowners in Sheboygan County.

Sheboygan County Head Start is a center-based preschool offering school readiness services for 3- & 4-year-olds at no cost to families that qualify.

Sheboygan County Early Head Start is a home-based school readiness program offering educational, developmental, and age-appropriate assessments for children ages 0-3 years and maternal services for pregnant women.

This site is the only parenting website backed by 67,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Whether you’re looking for general information related to child health or for more specific guidance on parenting issues, you’ve come to the right place.

Learn how to guide your child in making three holiday gifts they can share with loved ones, while you gain information about child development along the way.

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) works to save lives and keep families safe by reducing the unreasonable risk of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products and fulfilling its vision to be the recognized global leader in consumer product safety.

Provides assistance in paying rent to eligible participants.

Whether you’re planning for the arrival of your little one or they are already here, the decision to breastfeed can come with a lot of questions. We’re here to help you prepare with the information, confidence, and skills to successfully breastfeed your baby.

HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, and partner Prevea Health, creates a healing environment that combines technology and patient-centered care to provide region leading, high-quality medicine.

Provides pediatric autism consultation and therapy services.

The Infant Toddler Temperament Tool includes a short online survey that allows parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers to recognize and explore their own temperament traits and those of a child for which they provide care.

If you qualify, with the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program, you can save on your bill and may be able to get high-speed internet for free.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) is known for promoting the understanding and appreciation of the work of self-taught and contemporary artists through exhibitions and commissioned works of art.

A world where mental health is part of every child’s upbringing. Children don’t wear their thoughts on their sleeves. They often don’t have the words to express their feelings and struggles. But adults can help. You can make a difference. Learn how to support your child’s mental health.

Make a kite using two different methods with your child using the STEAM method of learning. Learn about shared attention and delayed gratification as well.

Our Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Helping individuals and families achieve economic self-sufficiency and well-being through results-based programming, such as: assistance with obtaining a high school diploma, housing assistance, assistance with new home buying, employment/college assistance, goal achievement support, and more.

Lakeshore Community Health Care (LCHC) provides access to comprehensive, integrated health care, regardless of ability to pay, eliminating health disparities among the underserved.

Young children learn self-control through interactions with peers and guidance from parents, teachers, and other loving adults. Learn how you can help your child learn and develop self-control.

Love and Logic provides a wealth of free parenting articles, tips and advice for handling children of all ages. Whether your child is a newborn or teenager, you’ll find information and handouts for dealing with a range of situations, including potty training, toddler aggression, homework assignments, internet safety, accountability, appropriate consequences and more!

This tool is a parent-report screening tool to assess risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Highlights on developmental milestones from birth to three that offers ideas for how parents can support their children’s healthy development through everyday activities and routines.

Our mission is putting Jesus’ love into action by helping financially needy mothers and their babies.  We provide clothing, diapers, baby food, cribs and other items.

Maywood offers seasonal programs for children, adults, families, and groups. The goal of each program is to help individuals find a personal connection with the natural world around them.

Get ideas for managing picky eaters/mealtimes.

Downloadable pdf of detailed information and guide for accessing Medicaid.

MHA Lakeshore can provide the most up-to-date knowledge and resources from across the country while connecting community members with the best local support.

These free, downloadable resources offer tips for building children’s life skills based on classic and diverse children’s books.

With content customized to each book, Book Tips help boost science-driven learning, fun and engagement between children and adults.

If you’re a mom suffering from anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy or after childbirth, you’re not alone. Moms Mental Health Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping moms navigate perinatal mood and anxiety disorders by sharing information, connecting them to resources and providing peer-driven support.

Remarkable things happen when moms come together to support each other. The acronym stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” but also include moms with school-aged kids. 

My Autism Navigator is a website to support you as you learn strategies to support your child’s learning in everyday activities. My Autism Navigator is designed for families and educational teams of children 1 to 8 years of age, who have social communication delays, challenging behavior, early signs of autism, or a diagnosis of autism.

Learn how to eat healthy with MyPlate.

Depression and anxiety can happen during pregnancy or after birth. Learn the signs and how to get help.

Learn how to raise your children with love, compassion, respect and consistency, and learn to be a confident and joyful parent.

You may be able to get a ride to your medical appointment if you have no other way to get there. Depending on your eligibility, you could get: a ride, bus tickets, or gas money.

Learn fun outdoor activities to enhance your toddler’s development!

Get ideas on outdoor activities to do with your children.

Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. If your child is age three or younger, this site is meant for you. The links will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life. It offers a variety of topics including: breastfeeding, milestones, diseases, nutrition, safety, and more.

Your source of well-researched, quality information about parenting and family relationships; including parenting classes.

Advice for parents on how to best redirect your child’s impulsive behavior into something constructive.

Parents as Teachers builds strong communities, thriving families and children who are healthy, safe, learning and ready for school.

Offers social services programs and provides service to the community in residential energy conservation (weatherization), housing rehabilitation, home buying assistance, and multi-lingual services.

PBS KIDS is dedicated to offering free access to media content and engaging activities that support learning for young children.

Watch this video with your child, and together with Peppa Pig, they’ll learn all about using the toilet.

Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting bring dramatic changes to your life – and your emotional health.

While it can be an exciting and joyful time, the changes that accompany the perinatal period can also leave you feeling anxious, sad, guilty, overwhelmed, irritable, or unable to relax and enjoy your developing relationship with your baby and family. All these reactions are normal, but they may also be signs and symptoms of a temporary and treatable set of conditions called Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs).

The Period of PURPLE Crying® is the phrase used to describe the time in a baby’s life when they cry more than any other time.

Here are several resources to learn more:

This video answers the question, “What is the Period of PURPLE crying?”

Popular questions and answers are found on this FAQ sheet.

Action steps you can take to help are found here.

Find out here that you’re not alone.

The goal of the program is to provide free dog and cat food to pet owners during their time of need.

The Plymouth Area Info Hub strives to be the go-to source for information about the Plymouth-area recreation opportunities for kids and adults.

Positive parenting is all about making child-rearing choices that reflect your beliefs and values as a parent, your child’s age and stage of development, and his or her temperament. It means taking an approach that is sensitive to children’s individual needs and addressing the typical challenges that arise in early childhood with empathy and respect.

Parents of every culture, age, income level, and race can develop perinatal mental health disorders. Symptoms can appear at any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth. There are effective and well-researched treatment options to help you recover. Visit the site to access all of their resources, including their online support group, or click the link here for that specific resource.

Have your child checked to see if their development is on track.

Learn tips to help develop your toddler’s communication skills.

Psychology Tools is a free-to-use website dedicated to providing psychology professionals, students, and the general public with transparent access to academically validated psychological assessment tools.

This site provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help your family grow and thrive together. Designed for busy families and full of tips and tricks for you to try. We have the answers to hundreds of parenting questions, where and when you need them.

Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text messages. Each week, you’ll receive short text messages with fun facts and easy tips on how to promote your child’s development by building on existing family routines.

Families with children and youth with special health care needs can find support, connect to community resources, find services, and get answers.

Kids benefit from the daily routines we create for them.

Think of us as your go-to source for safety information and safety tips. On this site, you will find tips from top safety experts on everything you need to keep kids of any age safe from preventable injuries.

CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) works to save lives and keep families safe by reducing the unreasonable risk of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products.

Wisconsin resource listing of available options for assistance to aid families in caring for their child at home and in the community.

Watch this video with your child, and together with Elmo, they’ll learn all about using the toilet.

Caring adults can help kids learn coping and resilience-building techniques to help them face tough challenges like divorce, foster care, grief, and more.

The County maintains a wide variety of parks and open space area for the enjoyment of our residents and visitors alike. Please explore!

In the interest of life-long enrichment, the Sheboygan Area School District-Community Recreation Department serves and supports the community through development, initiation, coordination, and support of a variety of recreational activities and facilities for people of all ages.

Sisterhood Wellness was formed to help fill the gap in women’s wellness and make wellness accessible to a larger audience with a focus on menstrual health and wellness. 

Through prayer, financial assistance, counseling, mentoring, as well as, in-kind help through our Community Store—VINNIES—we help people in need in a variety of needs. For example: assistance with youth activity fees, school supplies, household supplies, food, and more.

A charitable organization providing financial and spiritual support to those in need. Financial support or in-store vouchers may include assistance with rent, utility, clothing, food and furniture. SVdP Sheboygan also provides spiritual or mentoring support to those in need of help.

This site streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. is a free guide on social skills and overcoming shyness and insecurities for adults and older teenagers. Its focus is on helping people who feel behind in their communication skills, confidence, and friendships catch up in those areas. It’s written by Chris MacLeod, MSW, a counselor who had his own struggles with social awkwardness, anxiety, and loneliness.

he 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources

Our mental health support groups are free and open to any adult who could benefit from the support and education they provide.

Discover parenting strategies that match a child’s temperament.

There are a lot of things to remember when you’re pregnant or a new mom. Get health information via text, developed by experts from all over the country, three times per week, timed to your due date or their baby’s birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. Topics include: nutrition for you and your baby, safe sleep tips, baby’s milestones, signs and symptoms of labor, and more!

ZERO TO THREE offers a suite of resources for professionals and families that include the latest information, tools and best practices to help support caregivers across the generations.

The Inspired Treehouse believes that with a little help, kids can build strong, healthy bodies and minds through play.  They feature easy-to implement activities that are designed to promote all kinds of developmental skills for kids.

Educational resources to help families raise awareness and prevent child sexual abuse. A range of free downloads, materials, pediatric resources, and research is available to help spark conversations and change the culture of sexual abuse, from a mindset of silence and shame to courage and compassion.

This site offers families and community members the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the complex and rich emotional worlds of our babies and young children.

Learn the signs of toilet learning readiness and tips to get started in this process.

Choose from several online classes to best support your family’s well-being and earn a course completion certificate! Choose which course is right for you:

Triple P Online for Baby – for parents to be or with a baby under 12 months old

Triple P Online – for parents of young children under 12 years

Teen Triple P Online – for parents of pre-teens and teens, approx. 10-16 years

Fear-Less Triple P Online – help your child or teenager learn to manage and reduce anxious feelings

When your little one protests during tummy time, it can be hard to know what to do to keep them engaged. Watch our video to learn what you can do to help.

At Unite for Literacy, we picture a world where all children have access to an abundance of books that celebrate their languages and cultures and cultivate a lifelong love of reading. The website helps to build home libraries and support families to develop a daily habit of reading, both of which are key factors in growing lifelong readers.

Vroom is a global program of the Bezos Family Foundation. They offer free, science-based tips and tools, accessed via app or delivered by text, that help parents and caregivers give children a great start in life today—and an even better future.

Provides contemporary ABA therapy to personalize treatment so your child with autism can thrive.

If eligible, Wisconsin’s Family Caregiver Support Programs provide information and assistance to help people better care for their loved ones – and themselves. Whether arranging for services (e.g., respite care, transportation, etc.) or helping families understand their options for care, Family Caregiver Support Programs give caregivers access to the information and services that can help them in the often rewarding – sometimes challenging – role of caregiver.

Wisconsin Wayfinder supports families of children with delays, disabilities, special health care needs, and mental health conditions. Children’s resource guides are helpers who assist families, caregivers, professionals, and organizations in finding a wide array of supports and services available through the Children’s Resource Network.

W-2 is a program that provides employment preparation services, case management and cash assistance to eligible families.

The Sheboygan County WIC Nutrition Program serves pregnant, breastfeeding or new mothers, infants up to age one, and children up to age five by providing financial assistance and by answering any questions you may have about feeding your child or other nutrition questions.

YoungStar is Wisconsin’s child care quality rating and improvement system. We rate thousands of child care programs all over Wisconsin, so you can find a program that’s right for your family by using their search tool.

The first three years set the stage for lifelong success. Access various resources so support your parenting journey.