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Child & Family WebGuide

5/14/2001:   There is an interesting and very usable resource now online for parents, child care professionals, students, and others called the Child & Family WebGuide- available at http://www.cfw.tufts.edu.

Developed by Tufts University, it identifies, describes, and evaluates numerous websites that provide evaluated, research-based information on six broad categories. Links to these websites in turn provide lists of (and links to) other resources. The first five categories- family, education, health, typical development, and childcare- were evaluated by a team of experts in child development. At the request of parents, a sixth category- activities- was added to give information about specific programs and things to do.

Created by the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, in collaboration with librarians and the Society for Research in Child Development, the WebGuide provides scientifically based, systematic evaluations of Web-based information about and for children and families.

Input was also received from parents, childcare professionals, and such noted experts as Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers), David Elkind (author of The Hurried Child), and Edward Zigler (founder of the Head Start program).

Many resources focus on infants, toddlers, and early childhood- including a link back to the Child Welfare League of America!

During a short search, this WeR4Kdz writer found information on a broad array of topics: adoption; schools and childcare in several cities, a bike tour of Washington, DC; privacy needs of teenagers; ways to encourage reading; travel in the United States and abroad with children; staying in shape to keep up with kidsí outdoor activities; movie ratings and nearby showings; and even "weekend escapes for parents."

Content contributed by Heather Banks, Editor

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