Helpful Parenting Links

Parenting Information - District Parenting Website: Information on the warning signs of suicide, coping with loss and grief, international conflict, bullying, alcohol/drug abuse, the choking game, huffing, and more.

Missouri Connections is a web-based resource to help students determine their career interests, explore occupations, and establish their educational strategies.  Also see: Career Clusters short videos

Missouri Assessment Program (MAP): A performance based assessment system for use by all public schools in the state of Missouri. The assessments are given 3rd through 6th grades in the Communication Arts and Math areas.

Lee’s Summit CARES. The mission of Lee's Summit CARES is to direct, support and actively coordinate efforts of the community to significantly reduce substance abuse, promote youth safety and thereby improve the health and well-being of the community.

Love & Logic: Provides materials that teach an approach to raising children which puts teachers and parents in control, teaches children to be responsible and prepares them for the real world. Also see “programs” under Lee’s Summit CARES.

Mental Health Information: Offers information about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses. Examples include: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Depression, Eating Disorders and more.

Family Education Network: The company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students of all ages take control of their learning and make it part of their everyday lives. The mission of this web site is to improve the quality of life for anxious children and their families by providing parents, educators and mental health professionals with comprehensive, user-friendly information on the full range of anxiety disorders. This site was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages.
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http://www.  PBS Parents is a trusted resource that’s filled with information on child development and early learning. It also serves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities
Missouri Youth Alliance – The mission of Missouri Youth Adult Alliance is: To build and strengthen community capacity to take action in creating community norms and social policies that promotes safe, healthy and drug-free lifestyles; To advocate for comprehensive continuum of services statewide for prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery sustainment; To support persons recovering from addiction in finding their collective voice in addressing the negative stigma that surrounds their disease.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry "Fact Sheets" on a number of parenting topics:

The Choking Game – Nationally, a growing number of pre-teens and teenagers are participating in a dangerous practice, known as the “choking game.” This link contains more information for parents.

Government Benefits is the official benefits Web site of the U.S. Government and provides access and information to more than 1,000 programs.

Grief and Loss - The Grief Support Network and has many grief related resources and websites. Their mission is: To create caring communities of support for the bereaved through outreach, education, and advocacy.

The Solace House The mission of Solace House is to provide a safe and understanding environment where grieving children and their families can obtain support from counselors, trained volunteer facilitators, and other families in similar situations. Located on State Line Road in Shawnee Mission, KS. 913-341-0318 The Joshua Center is a non-profit organization that provides services and support for the social, emotional, and educational needs of neurologically impaired children and their families, including children with Aspergers, High-Functioning Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette Syndrome.  CAPA - Our mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing. Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault.  MOCSA exists to improve the lives of those impacted by sexual abuse and sexual assault and prevent sexual violence in our community.

AAPC Publishing specializes in providing mainstream, hands-on advice and information to parents, educators and others about topics related to autism spectrum disorders.

The Autism Society The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Fostering Resilience Resilience is the capacity to rise above difficult circumstances, allowing our children to exist in this less-than-perfect world, while moving forward with optimism and confidence.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. (1-800-273-8255) The MO ALR Suicide Prevention Training Program was designed to help Missouri residents 
prevent suicide by teaching you to:
  • identify people at risk for suicide
  • recognize the risk factors, protective factors, and warning signs of suicide
  • respond to and get help for people at risk 
Hope House services form a safety net of prevention, education and support for thousands of people traumatized by domestic violence. - US Government Occupational Outlook Handbook on careers!