Helpful Links

Los Niños Services provides the following links for possible information that may be helpful to parents or professionals interested in learning more about various topics. Most summary descriptions are verbatim from the sites themselves. We do not endorse these sites nor approve any content.

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Early Childhood Links

  • autismspeaks.org
    Autism Speaks Family Services offer a number of Spanish-language resources.       They include:  Autism Speaks Manual de los 100 Dias (100 Day Tool Kit), Autism       Speaks Autismo Respuesta Linea Directa (Autism Response Team Hotline): 1-         888- 772-9050, Autism Speaks Biblioteca de Recursos (Autism Resource Library)
  • childwelfare.gov
    Spanish-language resources on child abuse and neglect, prevention, child protective services, foster care, permanency, and adoption. Selected publications are available in both Spanish and English. Many can be viewed or ordered directly from this site.
  • www.childmind.org
    Childmind.org is a comprehensive destination for scientifically sound, parent-friendly information on child and adolescent mental health. On childmind.org you’ll find the latest information on signs and symptoms of psychiatric and learning disorders, as well as interactive tools for parents to investigate specific concerns they have about kids, from difficulty in school to disabling anxiety to disruptive behavior. You’ll also find advice, and strategies for parents dealing with hot-button issues like bullying, body image, self-esteem, substance abuse, social media, sex, and discipline.
  • advocatesforchildren.org
    For over 35 years Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) has worked in partnership with New York City’s most impoverished and vulnerable families to secure quality and equal public education services. AFC works on behalf of children from infancy to age 21 who are at greatest risk for school-based discrimination and/or academic failure.
  • www.ecehispanic.org
    The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics was established in May 2004 for the purpose of identifying major educational challenges facing Hispanic children throughout the United States from birth through the primary grades and making recommendations for actions.
  • www.sleeplady.com
    Kim West is known as the Sleep Lady and has developed a number of resources including a book on how parents can help their children get enough sleep and the importance of sleep in daily functioning.
  • www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/child
    The Early Intervention Program: A Parent’s Guide
    For Children With Special Needs – Birth to Age Three
  • www.earlychildhood.com
    The Professional Resource For Teachers And Parents
  • www.kidsource.com
    We are a group of parents who want to make a positive and lasting
    difference in the lives of parents and children. We’ve created
    an online community that shares our values and goals in raising,
    educating and providing for our children.
  • www.eitrainingcenter.org
    Early Intervention Training Center, enhancing the quality of supports
    and services provided to families of infants and toddlers through
    ongoing support, training and other professional development
    activities for families receiving early intervention services,
    early intervention personnel, and other associated early childhood
    personnel
  • www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/earlyint/earlydirectory.shtml
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene list of Early Intervention
    Provider directories, updated March 2007.
  • ww.nyaecip.net
    New York Association for Early Childhood and Infant Psychologists
    website. This group has a directory of early childhood psychologists
    and produces a journal and provides trainings/workshops.
  • ww.dec-sped.org
    Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.
    A website of this professional national organization comprised
    especially of special education teachers working with young children.
  • www.zerotothree.org
    A nonmembership organization of those working on behalf of young
    children through social policy, research, and training.
  • naeyc.org
    A national association of early childhood professionals, especially
    representing teachers of early childhood programs such as head
    start, early head start, pre-k programs. They boast the largest
    early childhood conference in the world.
  • ww.nyasp.org
    The New York State Association of School Psychologists representing
    the interests of this professional group.
  • www.isisweb.org
    International Society on Infant Studies – a not-for-profit professional
    organization devoted to the promotion and dissemination of research
    on the development of infants.
  • www.srcd.org
    Society for Research in Child Development – multidisciplinary,
    not-for-profit professional association with an international
    membership of researchers, practitioners and human development
    professionals.
  • www.msu.edu/user/waimh
    World Association of Infant Mental Health – international interdisciplinary
    association that promotes education, research and study of social development
    and mental health of infants, parents and caregivers.
  • www.ehsnrc.org
    Early Head Start National Resource Center -
  • www.rti.org
    Early Childhood Resource Center – promotes optimal development
    of infants, toddlers and preschoolers through training and other
    assistance.
  • www.apa.org/divisions/div7
    American Psychological Association – Developmental Psychology Division
    - promotes research in the field of developmental psychology
    and high standards in the application of scientific knowledge
    to educational, child care, policy and related settings.
  • clas.uiuc.edu
    Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services – Early Childhood
    Research Institute – collects and describes early childhood/early
    intervention resources that have been developed across the
    U.S. for children with disabilities and their families and service
    providers.
  • www.circleofinclusion.org
    Circle of Inclusion – for early childhood service providers and
    families of young children, birth to age 8.
  • http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/eip/index.htm
    New York State
    Early Intervention Program official website with state regulations,
    developmental checklist and other information.
  • http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/earlyint/earlyint.shtml
    New York
    City Early Intervention Program official website with provider
    directories and important memos.
  • The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
    The center supports
    the implementation of the early childhood provisions of the Individuals
    with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Our mission is to strengthen
    service systems to ensure that children with disabilities (birth through
    five) and their families receive and benefit from high quality, culturally
    appropriate, and family-centered supports and services.
  • http://www.nhsa.org/
    The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership
    organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start
    children and their families. It represents more than 1 million children,
    200,000 staff and 2,700 Head Start programs in the United States.
  • http://saveheadstart.org
    Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for Americans to let Congress
    and governors know that they support the important mission of Head
    Start and do not want to see this program serving nearly 1 million
    at-risk children destroyed.
  • http://www.nyscccc.org/
    The New York State Child Care Coordinating Council (NYSCCCC) has been
    working to make quality, affordable child care available to New York’s
    families since 1975. Rooted in a statewide network of child care resource
    and referral agencies, the membership of NYSCCCC includes wide representation
    from child care providers, parents, businesses, community organizations,
    and other individuals.
  • http://http://www.ciccparenting.org
    CICC, the Center for the Improvement
    of Child Caring, offers a web site of numerous programs and materials
    to help parents become more effective and numerous continuing education
    programs and materials for professionals who work with children and
    families.
  • http://www.nyzerotothree.org/
    The New York Zero-to-Three Network promotes the optimal development
    of young children, their families, and their communities in the
    New York region. The Network provides support and information to
    professionals who work with New York’s youngest children and their
    families by creating opportunities for interdisciplinary learning
    and collaboration.

Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder Links

  • http://www.phdinspecialeducation.com/autism-aspergers/
    A list of the 101 best Autism and Asperger’s resources on the web . The complexity and shifting definitions of the term autism spectrum disorder and other related conditions makes this an important subject for anyone working with students or clients with these diagnoses. These sites are broadly categorized in no set order, and they offer information, from scientific data to personal anecdotes, that makes it easier to understand autism spectrum disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, and other relevant disorders.
  • http://www.playproject.org/
    A wonderful certificate program for parents or professionals who want to learn Floortime strategies in the DIR model which has been developed by Dr. Stanley Greenspan and expanded by Dr. Rick Solomon.
  • www.firststeps.org This website is devoted to information helping the parent first learning about autism or suspecting autism in their young child.
  • www.autism-society.org
    The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong
    access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum,
    and their families, to be fully participating, included members of
    their community.
  • www.autism-resources.com
    A site offering information and links regarding the developmental
    disabilities autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • w.autism.org
    The Center for the Study of Autism provides information about
    autism to parents and professionals, and conducts research on
    the efficacy of various therapeutic interventions.
  • www.canfoundation.org
    Cure Autism Now is an organization of parents, physicians,
    and researchers, dedicated to promoting and funding research
    with direct clinical implications for treatment and a cure for
    autism.
  • www.autism-pdd.net
    The purpose of this site is to guide you to the key issues
    associated with autism spectrum disorders.
  • www.naar.org
    The National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) is the first
    organization in the U.S. dedicated to funding and accelerating
    biomedical research focusing on autism spectrum disorders.
  • www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/autism.cfm
    National Institutes of Mental Health publications and FAQs regarding
    autism.
  • www.feat.org
    FEAT is a non-profit organization of parents, educators, and
    other professionals dedicated to providing world-class Education,
    Advocacy and Support for the Northern California Autism Community.
  • www.autism.net
    Since 1974, Geneva Centre for Autism has been the leader in developing
    and teaching the most effective techniques for those affected by
    Autism/P.D.D. The Centre delivers services to enhance the lives
    of people affected by Autism/P.D.D.
  • www.autismuk.com
    Society For The Autistically Handicapped. The Society exists
    to increase awareness of autism, together with well established
    and newly developed approaches in the diagnosis, assessment,
    education and treatment. The main goal is to improve the quality
    of life for persons with Autism.
  • www.autism.about.com
    Links and resources regarding autism and pervasive developmental
    disorders.
  • www.patientcenters.com/autism/
    Patient-centered guides, books, and articles regarding autism.
  • www.autismchannel.net/
    The Autism Channel is a friendly place for the discussion of
    Autism and related disorders such as PDD, Aspergers Syndrome,
    etc. We discuss therapies, treatment options, what has worked,
    what hasn’t, and just chat with other people who understand
    our lives. (Live chat).
  • www.autcom.org
    This is the only autism advocacy organization dedicated to “Social
    Justice for All Citizens with Autism” through a shared vision
    and a commitment to positive approaches.
  • www.ani.ac
    Autism Network International, an autistic-run self-help and advocacy
    organization for autistic people.
  • www.futurehorizons-autism.com
    We became the leading publisher in the world in autism/Asperger’s
    primarily because my son, Alex, was diagnosed with autism. This
    event led me to write a charming little book, “Laughing
    and Loving with Autism.”
  • www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/autism.html
    National Library of Medicine / Medline links regarding autism.
  • www.autismconnect.org
    autismconnect is a FREE web site, which aims to be the first
    port of call for anyone interested in autism, providing news,
    events, world maps, and rapid access to other web sites with
    information on autism.
  • www.worldautism.org
    The World Autism Organisation (WAO), officially announced on
    November 21 1998 in Luxembourg, has for main goal to help making
    better the quality of life of autistic people and that of their
    families throughout the world.
  • www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/autism/
    Vaccines and Autism Theory:At a glance: The weight of currently
    available scientific evidence does not support the hypothesis
    that vaccines cause autism
  • http://www.csus.edu/indiv/b/brocks/Workshops/NASP/Autism.pdf
    The Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders; by Stephen E.
    Brock, Ph.D., NCSP, Carolyn Chang, Vanessa Gatewood; California
    State University, Sacramento; Department of Special Education,
    Rehabilitation, and School Psychology
  • http://www.dds.ca.gov/autism/autism_main.cfm
    Welcome to the California Department of Developmental Services
    (DDS). DDS is the agency through which the State of California
    provides services and supports to children and adults with developmental
    disabilities. These disabilities include mental retardation,
    cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism and related conditions.
  • http://www.ddhealthinfo.org/pdf/ASDGuidelines1.pdf
    Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Best Practice Guidelines for Screening,
    Diagnosis and Assessment
    provides recommendations, guidance and information about current “best
    practice” in the field.
    These Guidelines offer evidence-based recommendations and cannot
    be interpreted as policy or
    regulation, but as a tool designed to help health care providers
    and families make informed
    decisions regarding identification, diagnosis and assessment of autistic
    spectrum disorders
    (ASD). Additionally, these Guidelines provide a framework for the
    development and broad
    implementation of educational and training programs designed to reach
    professionals who in
    their day-to-day practice may encounter individuals suspected of
    having an ASD.

Latin/Spanish Organizations

  • www.nlpa.ws
    National Latina/o Psychological Association,
    Asociación Nacional de Psicología Latina
  • http://www.jsri.msu.edu/
    Julian Samora
    Research Institute
  • www.sacapa.org
    Spanish American Civic Association:
    Provides social services to Lancaster County Pennsylvania’s Spanish-speaking
    community including a radio station.
    545 Pershing Avenue,
    Lancaster, PA  17602
  • http://www.ayuda-mutua.com
    Fraternidad de Grupos
    de Autoayuda y Ayuda Mutua (the Self-Help
    and Mutual Aid Group Fraternity), founded in 2004, offers
    resources and help to anyone
    anywhere wishing to start a Spanish language self-help
    group. Also has useful information
    for those seeking a group in Mexico, for Mexican groups seeking
    research assistance, professionals or students helping
    with self-help group development or research, and all who
    wish further information on the subject of self-help
    groups.
  • http://www.nblho.org/
    The National Boricua Latino Health Organization
    (NBLHO) is a Latino student group representing health
    professions students from the northeast region of the
    United States. Its mission is to recruit Latinos into
    higher education, educate the public and one another
    about Latino health issues, advocate for increased Latino
    representation in health related areas, and promote awareness
    about social, political and economic issues as they relate
    to Latino health. It also serves to create a support
    network for Latino students.
  • http://www.sipsych.org/
    Nos satisface informar que la psicóloga Maria Costanza Del Portillo de Colombia ha sido seleccionada como la ganadora de la beca para participar en el programa de magíster en Psicología, mención Comunitaria de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Chile. Esto ha sido un esfuerzo de colaboración entre el Programa y la SIP para ofrecer a miembros de la Sociedad una oportunidad para participar. La SIP agradece a Germán Rozas, Director del Programa, su disponibilidad para ofrecer esta oportunidad a una de nuestros miembros.

Hispanic & Latino Scholarships

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
    http://www.chci.org/chciyouth/index.html
  • Ginger And Fred Deines Mexico Scholarship Award
    Can be used at an institution in Mexico or the US. Must attend
    a four year institution. Must intend to pursue career in logistics,
    civil engineering, transportation. Must have finished at least
    one year of undergraduate studies. 7031 Manchester StreetNew
    Orleans, LA70126
  • Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation Graduate
    And Undergraduate Student Leadership Award Scholarship
    In most cases applicants need a bachelorís degree in a math
    or science based major to be eligible. Applicants do not have
    to be of Hispanic descent. Must be enrolled in an accredited
    university or college . Limited to US Citizens. 323-262-0997
  • Hispanic Scholarships

    http://www.hispanicscholarships.com

  • Hispanic Scholarships

    http://www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org/

  • Hispanic Association Of Colleges And Universities

    http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarship_Resource_List_EN.asp?SnID=997760320

  • Hispanic College Fund, Inc.
    Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to
    Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount
    varies. Over 140 awards granted. http://hispanicfund.org/
  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund / Club Musica Latino Scholarships
    Applicants must be of Hispanic background, Club Musica Latino members,
    and entering freshmen or sophomores at a four-year college 877-473-4636 www.hsf.net
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the National Society of Hispanic
    MBAS
    These organizations have partnered to provide scholarships to outstanding
    Latino students pursuing graduate degrees in management or business www.nshmba.org
  • The Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Conference
    Students must be majoring in math, computer science, material science, or
    engineering. www.henaac.org
  • Justicia En Diversidad Scholarship Fund
    Must be of Latino heritage, from a US high school and have a 2.5 GPA. 617-445-4452 alianza@law.harvard.edu www.law.harvard.edu/studorgs/alianza
  • Lambda Theta Nu Sorority Inc.
    Latino Scholarship Award Latina pursuing her education at an
    accredited college university. community@lambdathetanu.org http://www.lambdathetanu.org
  • Latin American Professional Womenís Foundation
    For Latinas pursuing her education at an accredited college or
    university.
  • Latino Initiatives For The Next Century
    For first generation Latino college students with an opportunity
    to obtain a degree in higher education. 773-762-8970 www.linc-usa.org
  • La Unidad Latino Foundation, Inc.
    Scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students who have completed at least
    one semester of higher education. Applicants must have a 2.7 GPA. http://foundation.launidadlatina.org
  • Maldef-Ellen And Federico Jimenez Scholarship
    College or state university undocumented students only. UT students DO NOT
    qualify. www.maldef.org
  • Maldef Law School Scholarship Program
    Candidates must have outstanding academic records, including participation
    and leadership in extracurricular activities. Must be enrolled full time
    to qualify. Latino background. Academic achievement indicating the potential
    for a successful completion of a law degree. 213-629-2512 www.maldef.org
  • Mexican Tuition Waivers
    The State of Texas permits public universities to allow a limited
    number of financially-needy citizens of Mexico to pay the lower
    in-state tuition rate rather than the higher out-of-state tuition
    rate. Eligibility is based on financial need. Students must be
    in Texas on a valid student visa and be willing to return to
    Mexico after graduation. Undocumented Mexicans or long-term Mexican-American
    residents of Texas are NOT eligible for this program. Contact
    the Financial Aid office of any public university in Texas for
    further information.
  • Mexican American Legal Defense And Educational Fund
    Scholarships for all students regardless of residency status.
    213-629-2512 www.maldef.org
  • Microsoft Scholarship Program

    http://www.microsoft.com/education/default.aspx

  • Migrant Farmworker Scholarships
    Recent history of movement for agricultural employment . Scholastic achievement
    and financial need. 800-245-5681 www.migrant.net
  • Monsanto Hispanic Network Scholarship Award
    $1500, Criteria: Must
    be of Hispanic descent, U. S. residents, must attend a university
    or college. Contact: Juan A. Atkins, Monsanto Hispanic Network,
    800 N. Lindbergh C2NC, St. Louis, MO63167
  • National Association Of Hispanic Journalists-Ruben Salazar Scholarship
    Program
    Applicants must be high school seniors, college undergraduates,
    or first-year graduate students who are pursuing careers in English
    or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast, or online media.
    202-622-7145 nahj@nahj.org www.nahj.org
  • National Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    http://www.hsf.net/

  • Puerto Rican Bar Association Scholarship Award
    Awards are given to Latino first or second year students in a J.D. program
    at an American Bar Association approved school. PRBA selects recipients
    based on financial need and academic promise. 212-739-7517 www.prldef.org
  • Salvadoran-American Leadership And Educational Fund: Salef Education
    For Excellence
    Must be of Central American and other Latino background. Must demonstrate
    financial need. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Must have a history of community
    involvement and be willing to give back by becoming a mentor to a high school
    student. Must be accepted to a four-year university (for undergrad or graduate
    students) 214-480-1052 info@salef.org or www.salef.org
  • Scholarships For Latinos
    The Ellen & Federico Jimenez Scholarship Program will award
    twenty-five $2,000 scholarships to deserving Latino college students
    who are INELIGIBLE to receive federal and/or state financial aid;
    who have demonstrated commitment to serving the Latino community
    in the United States; and who have been accepted to a Community
    College or State University in CALIFORNIA or TEXAS. A social security
    number is NOT required to apply. See http://www.maldef.org/ , mail undergradfund@maldef.org or
    call 213-629-2512
  • Scholarships For Hispanic Students
    The HOGAR de Dallas scholarship is offered to a Dallas ISD senior
    with a Hispanic surname and/or families who will attend a higher
    education institution during the fall of 2004. The scholarship
    is based on submission of a family tree of the student’s family/ancestors,
    along with an essay. Contact Art Garza at AGarza0972@aol.com for
    further information.

Research Grants

  • The Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program (YSP)
    This program makes grants to individuals to support research on the development of
    young children living in immigrant families. FCD is particularly
    interested in research that informs policies regarding the health and
    education of young newcomer children. To qualify for a grant under the
    Young Scholars Program, applicants must have earned their doctoral
    degree within the last 15 years and be full-time, faculty members of a
    college or university in the United States. Three to four fellowships of
    up to $150,000 will be awarded competitively.

Public Policy

Related Links

  • http://www.psychwatch.com/
    Online resource for psychology
    and psychiatry with links to training, workshops, websites.
  • href=”http://psybc.com/”>http://psybc.com/
    Psy Broadcasting Company is a website with online training to the professional psychology community

The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:

New York City Westchester County
311 914-813-5094

Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, county staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family.

Early intervention services in your plan and authorized by the county are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.

Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.

Los Niños Services is approved by New York State and has contracts with New York City and Westchester County to provide early intervention services.