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Hotlines

NYS Child Care Complaints 1-800-732-5207
NYS Child Abuse 1-800-342-3720
Western New York Poison Center 1-800-222-1222
Crisis Services 716-839-3131

Child Care Financial Assistance

Erie County Department of Social Services offers child care subsidies to families making less than 200% of the federal poverty level.  To apply for a subsidy, contact the Day Care Unit at (716) 858-8953 or visit their website.


Parenting Resources

Consumer Produce Safety Commission

 Product recalls

Every Person Influences Children (EPIC)

  EPIC is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping families, schools, and communities raise children to become responsible and capable adults.

2-1-1

 2-1-1 WNY is your free and confidential link to health and human services.

Family Help Center

 24/7 help line, home-based family support, parent support groups, and companion child care groups

Parent Network

 Supporting families and professionals to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential

Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network

 The mission of the Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network is to work with health and human service providers and consumers to develop and implement efforts that focus on improving birth outcomes especially for populations who are at risk of poor outcomes.

Boys and Girls Club

 Boys and Girls Clubs offer free membership for military families

Buffalo Mommies

 A place for mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers

US Department of Health and Human Services

 Breastfeeding resources

Newbie Dad

 Buffalo based author Brian Kantz writes as NEWBIE DAD

Dad's Adventure

 Becoming the best dad you can imagine

Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

 Dedicated to preserving the history of Hispanics in Western New York for future generations.

 Dedicado a preservar la historia de los hispanos en el oeste de Nueva York para las generaciones futuras.

Family Equality Council

 Changing attitudes and polices to ensure all families are respected, loved, and celebrated


Helpful Links

Help Me Grow

 Linking families to information and community resources related to child development and parenting; a free developmental screening tool

Text 4 Baby

 Texts to keep you and baby healthy

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

 NAEYC promotes high quality learning for all children birth through 8 by connecting practices, policy, and research.

Playground Safety For Kids!

 Playground safety tips

Stop Bullying

 Put the power to stop bullying in your hand

Fun 4 Kids

 Events for families in Western New York

Zero to Three

 A national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development


CCRN Brochures

As you think about Child Care (English Spanish Chinese Russian Arabic)
Providing general tips and guidelines to help parents and guardians decide which child care options are right for their family’s needs

As you think about child care for your infant or toddler 
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Providing tips and guidelines for parents and guardians of infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 2 years of age to help decide which care options are right for their family’s needs

As you think about child care for your 3 to 5 
year old (English Spanish Chinese Russian Arabic)
Providing tips and guidelines for parents and guardians of toddlers and children ages 3 years to 5 years of age to help decide which child care options are right for their family’s needs

As you think about child care for your school age 
child (English Spanish Chinese Russian Arabic)
Providing tips and guidelines for parents and guardians of the school agechild, ages 5 to 12 years of age to help decide which care options are right for their family’s needs

Become a Child Care Provider

Have you considered doing child care in your home?

Child and Adult Care Food Program Brochure
Child care providers can receive reimbursement for serving healthy foods.

Child Care Referral Flyer

A service of Child Care Resource Network.

Making Child Care Affordable Brochure

Information on available financial assistance to help families pay for child care

Quality at a Glance: A Family’s Guide to Choosing Child Care for Infants and Toddlers
Questions to ask yourself when visiting different child care providers.

Indicators of Quality Child Care

Six indicators of high quality child care are described.

Kieran's Law (English Spanish Chinese Russian Arabic)
Information of the law allowing parents and guardians to access criminal history information of child care providers in New York State

Staff to Child Ratio and Maximum Group Sizes Brochure
Charts showing the maximum number of children per caregiver in different child care settings

WNY Infant Toddler Resource Network Brochure
Offering information and services to child care professionals, families and community organizations that are caring for infants and toddlers