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Black Family Research: Records of Post- Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives - Fill in the gaps in your family’s history--learn how to access information on marriages, births, deaths, occupations, places of residence, and other family- related matters in the post-Civil War era.

Childproofing Your Home - Use this guide to learn about 12 safety devices for your home and how they can protect your child.

Citizens' Preparedness Guide - This helpful guide explains simple, but vital, steps you can take to prepare and protect yourself and your family in many different situations. (PDF file)

Danger in the Home - Use this handy checklist to detect potential hazards to children and how to make your home a safer place.

Ear Infections and Language Development - Learn about symptoms and treatments, as well as signs of possible hearing damage. Track your child’s progress with the language development worksheet. (PDF file)

Grandparents' Guide to Family Nurturing and Safety - Practical grandparenting tips from Dr. T. Berry Brazelton. Includes a pullout safety checklist for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Growing Up Drug Free - Outlines what parents should know and can do to prevent or stop drug abuse, including alcohol and tobacco, at each age level. (PDF file)

Help Your Child Improve in Test- Taking - Simple techniques to help children at all grade levels avoid "test anxiety" and prepare for various types of tests.

Help Yourself to a Healthy Home: Protect Your Children's Health - Find out about potentially harmful products and how to make your home a healthier place. (PDF file)

Helping Children Cope With Disaster - Environmental disasters can be overwhelming for children. Includes common reactions by age group, useful tips on what to expect, and how to help your child adjust.

Helping Your Child Become a Reader - Help children gain the skills they need to become good readers. Here are ways to turn everyday activities into learning experiences for infants to 6-year old children. (PDF file)

Helping Your Child Learn Math - The tips provided in this book will help you explore math concepts with your children and make it a fun experience. All the activities use easy-to-find material, relate math to everyday life, and can be done in the home, at the store, while traveling or just for the fun of it.

Helping Your Child Succeed in School - 15 fun activities to do with your children (ages 5-11) to help expand their imagination, obey, organize, help others, and much more. (PDF file)

Helping Your Overweight Child - If you are the parent of an overweight child, or are concerned about your child's eating habits, this guide can help put your family on the path to good nutrition and health. (PDF file)

Home Playground Safety Checklist - Use this handy checklist to make sure your home playground is safe for your kids.

How to Give Medicine to Children - You’ve tried everything from being an airplane to a choo-choo train--and nothing works. Here’s some help. Learn about avoiding drug interactions, measuring correct doses and more.

How to Make Adoption an Affordable Option - Explains the adoption process, myths, state laws, terminology, time frames, expenses, and more. Includes a resource guide and checklist.

Kids and Their Bones: A Parents' Guide - Taking care of your child's bones now can protect against later fractures and possible osteoporosis. Learn about the factors that may affect the health of your child's bones.

Know the Rules...For Children Who Are Home Alone - In today’s busy society many children are caring for themselves before or after school and at other times of the year. Here are some important points parents and guardians should consider prior to allowing their child to be unsupervised at home.

Let's Have Fun with Fire Safety: Marty & Jett's Activity Book - This activity book provides children with valuable learning tools about fire safety and prevention. Activities include coloring pages, connect the dots, word searches, and escape plan mazes.

Parents' Guide to Fire Safety for Babies and Toddlers - New parents and others who care for babies and small children need to pay special attention to fire safety. Children under age 5 are twice as likely to die in a fire than the rest of us.

Social Security Numbers for Children - When you have a baby, one of the things that should be on your to do list is getting a Social Security number for your baby.

Start Smart: Money Management for Teens - Teens have access to more money than ever before, thanks to allowances and gifts and, for many, income from chores, summer jobs or part-time jobs. Teens also are becoming more responsible for handling money and making decisions - for everything from small, everyday purchases to bigger-ticket items (such as a bike or a camera) to saving for college. If you consistently make smart decisions about your money, you can have more of it for what you truly need.

Use Your Head...Always Wear a Bike Helmet - Did you know that helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by 85%? This booklet includes guidelines on proper use, fit, and developing the "helmet habit."

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