Family Development

Websites for Children

The list of websites below connects to topics and organizations that can assist in working with military children. Click on the name of the organization for website links. Feel free to contact us if you have others to recommend.


American Academy of Pediatrics Support for Military Children and Adolescents
An organization of 64,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Our organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.

Child Trends
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides valuable information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. For more than 35 years, policymakers, funders, educators and service providers in the U.S. and around the world have relied on our data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. – See more at

Just In Time Parenting
Just in Time Parenting (JITP) brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives. Over the past 30 years, Cooperative Extension faculty in land-grant universities have developed and evaluated an unusually parent-friendly series. Capitalizing on the “teachable moment,” monthly “just in time” newsletters are delivered — keyed to the age of each parent’s child.

Kids Health
If you’re looking for the information you can trust about kids and teens that’s free of “doctor speak,” you’ve come to the right place. KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.

Military Books for Children is an online store created especially for military families and the people and organizations who support them.The vision of is to offer a range of carefully chosen, high-quality resources catered to military families’ needs and lifestyle. A portion of the profits from supports programs for military families.

Military Child Education Coalition
The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, the MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies.

Military Child Initiative
The Military Child Initiative is based on the empirical research evidence of what works for these populations of young people. Our goal is to move research-based practical approaches into schools and school districts so that all children and youth can thrive, especially those who are most socially mobile and emotionally vulnerable.

Military Kids Connect
Military Kids Connect (MKC) is an online community for military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Our mission is to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the United States.

Text4baby is the first mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health through text messaging. Women who text BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411 receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby’s birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more.

Trauma Information Pages
These Trauma Pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this award-winning site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field. Specifically, my interests here include both clinical and research aspects of trauma responses and their resolution.

Zero To Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and the know-how to nurture early development. Early experiences set a course for a lifelong process of discovery about ourselves and the world around us. Simply put, early experiences matter. We encourage you to learn more about very young children, early development and the work of ZERO TO THREE by exploring our site.